How to connect a dishwasher

Almost three quarters of Dutch households use a dishwasher and more and more of them do so. The convenience that a dishwasher provides and the easy operation is reason enough for many people to purchase a dishwasher! So chances are you will also be connecting a dishwasher in your kitchen. Fortunately, this is a job that you can easily do yourself for relatively low cost. It is not always necessary to hire a specialist. Simply follow the step-by-step plan on this page!

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How to connect a built-in dishwasher

Connecting a built-in dishwasher is done according to the following steps:

  1. Disassemble the kitchen cabinet: Make room in the area where you want to install your dishwasher. Carefully take apart the kitchen cabinet and make sure you are sure your dishwasher will fit. Measure the height, width and depth of both the dishwasher and the niche. Will the built-in dishwasher not fit in one of your cabinets? If so, you’re better off choosing a freestanding dishwasher.
  2. Check the connections: You can’t just plug in a dishwasher, as you need several connections. An earthed socket and a dishwasher water inlet and outlet are essential. The connection can be found at the siphon under the sink. Also bear in mind that your dishwasher consumes so much electricity that you will often need to create a new power group and/or a new electrical socket for this purpose.
  3. Connecting water supply: If you have a faucet, you can connect the hose from your dishwasher right away. Turn off the faucet, unscrew the siphon connection, connect the water supply to the connection on the siphon. Once everything is properly connected, turn on the faucet. Make sure you remove the rubber stopper from the hose before connecting it, otherwise the water will not be able to flow properly at the connection to the siphon. Loosen the connection to the siphon to check this again. Also, make sure you turn the hose straight on the faucet, or you risk a leak. If you don’t have an existing connection nearby, you’ll first need to make a branch to your dishwasher. To do this, use PVC pipes, a supply hose suitable for dishwashers and pliers that you can use to cut the pipes.
  4. Connect water drain: The water from the dishwasher also needs to be drained again, and for this you connect the dishwasher drain hose to the water drain. Again, be sure to remove the rubber plug before screwing the connection to the siphon. Use the provided hose clamp to seal the end of the drain hose before removing it. Don’t put the drain hose too deep into the drain tube either, or it won’t be able to pump properly. Most dishwashers come with a hose guide, which ensures that the drain hose never slips too far in. Don’t have an existing drain near your dishwasher? Then you’ll have to build a separate drain with PVC pipe yourself.
  5. Connecting the dishwasher to power: Plug the dishwasher into an electrical outlet. When doing so, make sure your outlet is at least 30 centimeters away from your separate drain pipe and your water supply.
  6. Slide the dishwasher into the niche: Carefully slide the dishwasher into the niche. Check that all cables and connections are still in place so the water can flow properly. When your dishwasher is in place, check that it is level, this will prevent the appliance from wearing out too quickly.
  7. Run the first dishwashing program: For the first wash, choose a short option. Check that there is no water leakage anywhere. If the appliance works without leaks, it’s ready to tackle your dirty dishes!

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How to connect a free-standing dishwasher

The advantage of a freestanding dishwasher is that you can plug it in near the right utilities. As long as a separate electricity group is available.

Therefore, the step-by-step process for connecting a freestanding dishwasher is also much simpler. You just need to make sure that the appliance is level and then the connecting can begin.

Tighten the connection. You can additionally secure the end of the drain hose with a clamp.

Check that all the cables are in place and that there is no kink in them that could cause leakage. Test the first program and if that goes well you are ready to go!

Who can hook up a dishwasher

Do you find connecting a dishwasher a bit too complicated even with the step-by-step plan? Then you can always hire an external party. Sometimes the company where you made your purchase can hook up the dishwasher, but you can also use a plumber.

This is especially a godsend when you don’t have the right connections nearby yet. A professional will make sure that all the pipes are moved and that you get a suitable outlet nearby.