Many people enjoy having the latest home technology, especially if these are practical and useful. Most houses in London have dishwashers installed because it is well-known that washing dishes every day is not a preferred task. Take into consideration that having a large family would definitely require a dishwasher for your kitchen. Our plumbers in London can help you with guidance and assistance if you want to install a dishwasher in your kitchen.
You can also rely on our specialized personnel if you need other plumbing services in London.
How to choose a dishwasher for your kitchen in London
When you decide to have a dishwasher installed in your kitchen, there are a few aspects you need to consider. Our emergency plumber in London recommends you to:
- make sure you have the necessary space required for the installation of the appliance;
- if there is no room, you might want to think about redesigning your kitchen;
- it is advisable to have the dishwasher installed in line with the kitchen sink in order to ease the water connection;
- choose the dishwasher in accordance with your needs, meaning the number of dishes you know you will have to clean.
Based on our plumbers’ experience, most dishwashers have the same size, therefore choosing one based on its dimensions, but on its functions and the amount of water used during a washing cycle.
How to prepare the dishwasher for installation
Once you bought the dishwasher, you should carefully unpack it and check all if there are no missing parts and if all the cables and pipes are in the package. Our local plumbers recommend you not to drag the dishwasher but lift it from the cardboard box when unpacking it.
Also, if you are replacing an old dishwasher, you should know that the old lines and cables will not match the new dishwasher. Also, it is not recommended to make any improvisations when installing the new dishwasher in your home in London.
Before starting the installation of the dishwasher, make sure and turn off the water. Also, if the dishwasher will be placed in a special cabinet or if it will be incorporated next to the kitchen sink, you should first make sure and pull all the cables and pipes through the special holes created for it in order to avoid complications later on.
Most of the times, the dishwasher will come with a drain pipe which will need to be adjusted before being connected to the water supply line. Our plumbers in London recommend you not to connect any of the lines or plug the dishwasher to an electrical socket before the installation is complete.
Leveling the dishwasher
One of the most important aspects when having a dishwasher installed is leveling it. This is something to be done before starting the installation, as it will ease the process a lot. A bubble level should help you bring the dishwasher to a flat line. This step is important because in time the dishwasher can start bouncing and become very noisy. Also, having an unleveled dishwasher installed will mean more struggle when connecting the power and water lines.
Most dishwashers have small holes through which small screws can be put. These screws will hold the dishwasher in place while functioning. This is the same principle as in the case of having a washing machine installed.
How can plumbers near me install a dishwasher in London?
Before you purchase a dishwasher, it is recommended to measure the opening spot to have no unpleasant surprises. The dishwasher might not fit in, so don’t forget to properly analyze every detail about the size, and especially if you are having a new cabinet in your kitchen. When installing the dishwasher, the emergency plumber in London will remove the faceplate at the base of the machine to prepare the supply line inlet. The wiring, the drain, and the supply pipes must be connected before you push the dishwasher into place.
Regarding the drainpipe, this has to be linked to the discharge pump. The dishwashers need to be vented using an air gap to avoid the water tapping from the sink to the sewer or garbage disposal. The drainpipe will be connected to the air gap and secured with spring clamps.
The plumber will then take care of the supply lines, by turning off the water and installing a dual shut-off valve to connect the dishwasher supply line to the hot water pipe under the kitchen sink. Some Teflon tape might be added to the male threads to prevent any leaks. The next step when installing a dishwasher is to connect the electrical supply. The plumber will shut down the power and then will run the cable through the back of the electrical box of the dishwasher that needs to be installed. It is time now to verify if there are any leaks, so make sure to turn on the dishwasher through a full cycle. If there are no problems, the plumbers in London will place the dishwasher in the opening or into the cabinet, focusing on not touching any pipes.
Do I need any special tools to install a dishwasher in my kitchen in London?
If you decide to install the dishwasher yourself, you will not need any special tool. As mentioned earlier, you will probably need a bubble level in order to level it. Before connecting it to the power, you might also want to use a voltage tester and make sure the dishwasher works properly.
In order to connect it to the water line, a wrench and some pliers could come in handy.
We also remind you that you can rely on our plumbers in London if you need to have any appliances installed in your kitchen or any other place in the house. Professional help could be used especially when replacing old appliances, including dishwashers.
Tips when you install a dishwasher in London
Our team of plumbers in London recommends you to properly examine the dishwasher before you buy it. You must see if all the wires and the supply lines are included. If you are having a dishwasher replaced, or if you are installing a new one, the water valves and the electrical power must be shut-off. You can also prepare some towels in order to remove any excess water remaining in the lines if you are disconnecting an old dishwasher.
As a home tip, try to avoid leaving the dishwasher door open, and especially if you have placed forks and knives in its basket. Before you start using the dishwasher, it is recommended to read all the instructions, this way you will also learn how to properly use this kitchen appliance and how to maintain it in the right shape.
FAQ on dishwasher installation in London
Most of the times homeowners try to install newly-bought dishwashers themselves and ask our local plumbers about the following aspects:
1. Are any special steps to follow when installing the dishwasher?
There are no special steps, as long as you follow the instructions that accompany the dishwasher. You only need to take care and not connect the dishwasher to the water and power before it is all set up.
2.What if the dishwasher does not start after following all the steps?
If the dishwasher does not start, you should first check the connection with the power source, it is possible for the appliance to not be connected. Also, you can pull the power cord out of the socket and leave it like that for 10 minutes and then reconnect it.
3. Are there many types of dishwashers? How do I choose the right one?
Yes, there are several types of dishwashers on the market and the choice should be based on the space you have in the kitchen and the functions the dishwasher has. Another important aspect is how economic the dishwasher is.
4. Can I connect the dishwasher to a food waste disposal?
Yes, the dishwasher can also be hooked up a food waste disposal, if you have one in your kitchen. It is actually recommended to connect the two appliances.
If you need a plumber in London who can install a dishwasher in your kitchen, please don’t hesitate to contact ourteam.