How to move a dishwasher by yourself

Moving between two homes is a stressful period where many important decisions need to be made, including what to take with you and what to leave behind. And, should your trusty dishwashing machine is one of the things you just don’t want to part with, then you’re going to need to know the best way to move a dishwasher.

You can always hire professionals to do it for you – they will come to your home to first disconnect the dishwasher, then protect it properly, and then move it to the new home. And then, you’re going to have to pay for those services. This is why the possessing the knowledge of how to move a dishwasher by yourself can save you quite a bit of money.

Besides a helper, you’re going to also need is an adjustable wrench, a screwdriver, a current detector, moving blankets, pieces of twine, string, rope or packing tape, and an appliance dolly.

Follow these steps and tips for moving a dishwasher to another home.

Step 1. Disconnect the power supply

Disconnecting the power supply is the very first thing you need to do when moving a dishwasher to a new home. In fact, you must turn off the power whenever you are about to start work on an electric appliance in general.

There are two distinct ways to do just that depending on how your dishwashing machine is powered from the electric network.

  • If the power cable of your dishwasher is plugged into a wall socket, then simply locate that cable and unplug it from the wall. As easy as it gets.
  • If your dishwasher is powered by a cable that disappears into the wall (no wall socket), then you’re going to have to find the point of electric connection and disengage the cables. Go to the circuit breaker box and flip the right breaker. If you don’t know which breaker it is, use a current detector on the cable that powers the unit and flip a few breakers until that power cable goes “dead” – that is, until the current detector tool stops detecting any electric current. Then, disengage the dishwasher’s power cable.

Step 2. Free the dishwasher from the counter

To do that, you need to unscrew the unit from the counter top. The usual dishwasher installation method is done with the help of 2 or 3 bracket screws that are fixed into the counter to hold the unit in place.

Open the door of the dishwasher, local and remove the multi-bracket screws using a screwdriver and keep them safe in a plastic (Ziploc) bag as you might need them later.

Step 3. Lift up the dishwasher feet

The next thing you need to know is that most dishwashers will have adjustable feet that will be positioned in such a way as to keep the unit tight, firm and level on the ground. Therefore, to be able to slide the dishwashing machine out of its place, you’ll need to loosen the front two feet first so that you don’t scratch the tile floor, hardwood floor or whatever type of floor you have in the kitchen. In most cases, you’ll need a wrench to loosen up those front feet.

To loosen up the rear adjustable feet, have a helper grab the unit on the top and tilt it forward a bit so that the back side of the unit is lifted slightly in the air. Then, lie down on the floor and reach the back of the dishwasher with your hands. Locate the rear feet and loosen them up one by one. Under normal circumstances, you shouldn’t need a wrench to screw them up because they will be off the ground.

Step 4. Pull out the dishwasher PARTIALLY

Dishwashers are usually embedded into the kitchen cabinet and are often found next to the kitchen sink. Before you pull out your dishwasher, make sure it is completely empty – remove all kitchen plates, silverware, glasses, and anything else that’s inside the dishwashing machine’s racks and baskets. Pack all kitchenware separately.

Then, very carefully, pull the dishwasher away from the cabinet.  Do it slowly to avoid breaking any of the two water supply lines or the power line before you are ready to disconnect them. Use a helper as dishwashing machines can be rather heavy.

Pull out the dishwasher partially, only until you can gain access to the three lines behind the unit.

Step 5. Turn off the water supply

When you’ve made sure your dishwasher is safely disconnected from the power supply network (Step 1), it’s time to turn your attention to the water. This step is simple enough: locate and shut off the water supply valve to practically stop any water from going into the unit.

Step 6. Disconnect the water lines

Each dishwasher has two water lines: the water supply line and the drain line. Remember that when you’re moving a dishwasher to a new home, you must disconnect both water lines before pulling the dishwasher out of its place under the kitchen counter.

Step 6.1. Disconnect the water supply line

You have already shut off the water supply in Step 5, now you can safely remove the tube that supplies water to the dishwashing machine. Usually, there is a nut that keeps your water feed tube in place – unscrew the nut to disconnect it. Use an appropriate container to catch any remaining water still trapped inside the water supply tube. If necessary, use an old towel to dry up any water spills that are likely to occur.

Step 6.2. Disconnect the drain line

How to drain a dishwasher before moving? Now that you’ve found and freed the water supply tube from your unit, the other tube will be the drain one. Follow the tube or hose that leads to the sink – there, it should be hooked to the waste water draining tube. Get it free from the connection, either by just pulling it out or by first unscrewing the clamp that may be holding it in place and then getting it out.

Step 7. Pull out the dishwasher COMPLETELY

Before you can pull out the dishwasher completely from under the kitchen counter, make sure you have completed these 3 basic tasks first:

  • You’ve turned off the power supply? Check.
  • You’ve disconnected safely the water supply line? Check.
  • You’ve disconnected safely the drain line? Check.

Very carefully, pull the built-in dishwasher away from the cabinet. To protect the kitchen floor from possible damage, place one or two sheets of cardboard on the floor while pulling out your dishwasher so that its feet do not touch the floor directly.

Step 8. Wrap the dishwasher in blankets

Once safely out of the kitchen cabinet under the sink, wrap your dishwashing machine in thick blankets for extra protection. Cover the unit completely, then use twine or rope to secure the blankets and keep them from shifting during the move.

Step 9. Load the dishwasher onto the dolly

Always use proper moving equipment to avoid property damage and personal injury. In this case, you should use an appliance dolly to move the dishwasher without scratching the floor and load it safely onto the moving vehicle.

With the help of your friend, lift the dishwasher slightly, then slide the appliance dolly underneath it and then push the dolly backward until you balance the unit on its wheels. Use rope or straps to secure the dishwashing machine on the moving dolly, then start wheeling it out of your home.

Step 10. Load the dishwasher on the vehicle

Use all the manpower you have to wheel up the dolly-strapped dishwasher up the loading ramp and into the moving vehicle. Do it slowly and cautiously. Secure the loaded unit to the side of the truck using straps or rope.

WARNING: Moving a dishwasher by yourself can be dangerous. If you’ve never done anything like that before and you feel nervous about it, then you should let professionals handle the hard task for you. How much does it cost to move a dishwasher? Get a free quote from professional movers to find out.

See also: How to move a washing machine by yourself

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