Do You Need To Buy An Installation Kit For A Dishwasher?

Installing a new dishwasher is relatively easy, that is, if you are good with tools.

The toughest part is hauling the dishwasher in and setting it in place.

The rest of the process is simple, as it entails screwing the appliance in place. 

Typically, when you buy a dishwasher, it comes with all the items you would need to install it.

So, you don’t necessarily need a specific installation kit for it. However, the installation kit makes the process easier.

Therefore, if you’ve never gone through the process before, you may want to get the installation kit. 

What Is In A Dishwasher Installation Kit?

Dishwashers come with installation kits, so you don’t need to buy them separately.

However, if you buy a used dishwasher, you may need to purchase the kit, depending on what the appliance comes with.

The installation kit usually comes with the following:

  • A power cord to connect your dishwasher to an outlet.
  • A connector that serves as a drain.
  • Screws and bolts.

You can find third-party installation kits online at local stores that are compatible with any dishwasher. 

Do Dishwashers Come With Everything For Installation?

New dishwashers come with everything you would need for installation.

There are certain items such as the inlet and outlet hose which are needed to properly install the dishwasher.

If you happen to buy a used dishwasher with some items missing, you can buy a universal dishwasher installation kit, which contains all the items you would need.

You will, however, need some tools for the installation process, which do not come with the dishwasher.

A screwdriver and wrench are typically needed. If you don’t have a wrench that is fine, you can tighten the hose screws with your hand. 

Can You Install A Dishwasher Yourself?

Yes, if you already have space allocated in your kitchen for a dishwasher, you can install it yourself. You need the following tools for installation:

  • Screwdriver or driver drill.
  • Tape.
  • A Cardboard or drop sheet.
  • Inlet and outlet hoses that come with the dishwasher.
  • The power cord that comes with the dishwasher.

Installing The Dishwasher

  1. Unbox the dishwasher, make sure you put the installation kit it comes with to the side. You will need items from it during the process. 
  2. Lay the cardboard sheets down on the floor, so you don’t scratch or make any marks on it as you bring the dishwasher in. 
  3. Skim through the manual of the dishwasher, you can get installation tips from it. 
  4. Fit the dishwasher in the slot it will be placed. Make sure that the dishwasher sits leveled and remains flat. 
  5. Connect the inlet and outlet hose under the sink and run them to the back of the dishwasher. Typically, there are holes in the cabinetry that you can run them through. If there aren’t any, you will have to make the holes. 
  6. When connecting the outlet hose to the dishwasher, make sure you connect it in a loop. So the water easily goes out. 
  7. Now, connect the power cord to the dishwasher.
  8. Push the dishwasher into its place properly now. 
  9. Turn it on and make sure everything functions as it should.
  10.  If everything is good, you can screw the dishwasher in place. You can find screw slots inside the washer that securely keeps it in place. 

Who Is The Best Person To Install A Dishwasher?

Anyone can install a dishwasher. You don’t necessarily need any technical knowledge to do it.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, the plumber will be able to assist you.

You do need some tools, items, and know-how of how to use them.

The most technical item you will use in the process is a screwdriver, which almost everyone can use. 

The process does require some lifting, so if you aren’t comfortable lifting the dishwasher, you may want to call in professionals.

You can call any plumber, and they would be able to assist you with the installation process. 

How Much Does A Plumber Charge To Install A Dishwasher?

The installation charges for a dishwasher vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $150 to $250.

The prices may also be higher in some cities, depending on the type of labor required. Only after paying a visit to your home and assessing the kitchen and dishwasher can a plumber provide an actual estimate of the cost. 

How Long Does It Take A Plumber To Install A Dishwasher?

On average, an experienced plumber can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes to install a dishwasher.

That may seem long but isn’t when you compare it to a typical DIY installation attempt which can take two to three hours.

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t matter whether you plan on installing a dishwasher on your own or with the help of an expert, the job needs to be done properly.

We have highlighted the step-by-step process if you plan on taking the job on yourself.

Keep in mind that it is tougher if you have to take out a dishwasher before fitting a new one.

But if you are up to the task, you can save a couple of hundred dollars by installing it yourself. 

I’ve been working with technology in one way or the other all my life. After graduating from university, I worked as a sales consultant for Verizon for a few years. Now I am a technical support engineer by day and write articles on my own blog here in my spare time to help others if they have any issues with their devices.