I am moving into a house in about a month but I am buying a dishwasher now.
It will be replacing a unit currently installed there that is probably not
more than 10 years old. To install this is going to cost me about $100 from
the place I'm buying it from and I want to know if it would be a big deal to
install this thing myself? I am not "super" handy but I am capable of
handling basic connections but not very good at plumbing that requires more
than screwing things on (i.e. NOT welding, cutting, etc) or serious wiring.
If this will be a headache for me I will just pay the $, otherwise I would
get a slightly more expensive model if I didn't have to worry about the
Thoughts or advice?
If you're interested, I'm looking at the KitchenAid KUDI01IL or the
Whirlpool Gold GU1200XTLQ. The KitchenAide costs a bit more but I've heard
it's a better washer--although the Whirlpool has free install.
Kitchen Aid / Whirlpool
if it costs less than $500
plan on buying 2 of them
so you can replace the new one shortly.
we call those types of DW's (throw away apliances).
buy a lasting DW
Miele, Asko, Bosch
they seem to last forever!
it is very easy for a DIY'er to install a DW.
I just replaced an old diswasher last March.... it's quite simple,
particularly if you ensure the new dishwasher has the same dimensions as the
Shut off breaker to washer, turn off water to washer before starting....
diconnect the drain (mine was under the kitchen sink), then look for a
couple of screws that stabilize the diswasher in place... I found mine at
the top of the dishwasher, screwed into the counter top from underneath...
You may be able to pull the old diswasher out from underneath the counter
now... if not, there will be an access panel at the bottom of the
dishwasher.... remove and disconnect the plumbing and electrical
The new dishwasher will come with instructions, just follow the
manufacturer's instructions... ensure the dishwasher is level, mine had
One thing I found invaluable was a crowsfoot attachment for my socket
wrench... it was the only way I could tighten the compression nut to the
water supply.... make sure to use teflon tape on all your plumbing
Second that. You don't have to be "super handy" you just have to be patient
and take it a step at a time. If you are replacing a properly installed unit,
everything is in place waiting for you. Installing one where none had been would
be a real job.. One thing to be careful of is not damaging your floor when you
pull out the old and slide in the new. We were looking at a recent Consumers
Report on dishwashers for our daughter. See the May issue. The Kitchenaid you
mentioned was a best buy , along with a Kenmore and a Maytag. When we bought
ours, my wife liked the way dishes are loaded in a Maytag so we chose that over
another Kitchenaid like we had in another house. If you read CR you will notice
an interesting thing about prices. Often, paying more gets you less. In the
report, a Bosch that costs $600 did better than a Bosch costing $900 or a Viking
costing $1375. As usual, there is more to it than price. The report goes into
other factors you may want to consider. Some people don't agree with CR
recommendations. I don't on some things, but they can be objective in
That crowsfoot wrench Bob has mentioned is available in a crescent wrench style
at a auto parts store if you can't find one elsewhere. They may call it a
hydraulic line wrench or in-line wrench. Same thing.
Thanks for all your thoughts, gang. I ended up getting a pretty good deal
from Lowes to match a Best Buy free install and delivery on the Whirlpool
dishwasher. I also managed to get them to give me a 10% discount on
everything since I bought it all in bulk--freezer, dishwasher, refrigerator,
dryer, microwave, and oven. Tough to talk them down, but worth it!
The link may help ( should be all one line )
The KA d/w is made by WLP :)
Appliance Repair Aid
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