In the last post, I told you about the boyfriend’s tenant’s dishwasher problems, which led us to order a replacement dishwasher.  We ordered his last one from Home Depot 2 1/2 years ago, so we were surprised to find out that delivery and installation costs had gone up quite a bit in the meantime.  Also, the installers are now refusing to remove the old dishwasher, so we had to make one more trip to the tenant’s house to remove the old dishwasher that the night before the new one was to be delivered.  Here’s how to remove a dishwasher, in case you’ve never done it before.

How to Remove a Dishwasher

Removing a dishwasher is really, really easy.  Anyone who can get on their knees and who knows which way to turn a screwdriver is capable of doing it themselves.  Here are the basic steps:

  1. Open the door of the dishwasher, kneel down, and look up.  There are two screws at the top of the dishwasher that screw upward into the bottom of the countertop.  Remove those screws.
  2. At the bottom of the dishwasher, there is a kickplate that is usually secured by two screws.  Remove those screws, and the kickplate will come off easily.
  3. Behind that kickplate, you will see two “feet” that screw into the bottom of the dishwasher.  These are used to level the unit when it is installed.  The feet look like this (see below).  Turn the feet clockwise until they retract as far as possible into the dishwasher frame.Dishwasher feet
  4. Start to pull the dishwasher toward you, lifting or wiggling as necessary to get it out of its enclosure.  The insulation wrapped around the dishwasher may snag as you do this, but who cares, since you’re ditching it, right?  Once you get the dishwasher just barely out, you need to disconnect the hoses and power cord.
  5. Go under the sink and unplug the dishwasher.  It should be easy to find the right cord; just trace it back to where the dishwasher is.
  6. Get yourself some towels, and maybe a decent sized bowl.  These next steps may get a little wet.
  7. There will be two water lines to disconnect.  One is the water inlet line, and is probably a braided stainless steel line.  Look for the angle stop (the water shutoff valve) under the sink.  Turn the angle stop to shut off the water.  Now that the water is off, you can either disconnect the water inlet line from under the sink (if you plan to replace the water inlet line with a new one), or disconnect it from the back of the dishwasher (if you plan to reuse the water line).  Just get a wrench and loosen the nut attached to the water line at your chosen removal point.  Lefty loosey.  Have a towel or bowl ready to catch any water that may be sitting in the line.
  8. The other water line is the drain line.  This probably runs from your dishwasher into some sort of T-shaped connection under your sink, and then runs through your garbage disposal.  Same as with the other water line: if you plan to reuse the line that’s already there, then disconnect it at the dishwasher end.  If you plan to replace it, then disconnect it under the sink.  Either way, this is likely secured with a hose clamp (see below).  Get a flat-head screwdriver (slot screwdriver), and unscrew the screw on the hose clamp.  The hose clamp will loosen, and then you just need to wriggle the hose off of the connector.  Make sure you have a towel or bowl ready to catch any water that may be sitting in the line.hose clamp
  9. Now you’re done!  Take the dishwasher outside and call your trash pickup service to do a bulky item pickup, or coordinate with the dishwasher installers to haul the old one away.  Or if you’re really mad at your dishwasher and you live in a place like Arizona, drive it out to the desert and shoot it full of holes.  🙂