How to Install a Countertop Dishwasher

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A portable countertop dishwasher is a convenient alternative to washing dishes manually and can be stored away when it's not in use. It comes in handy in a small home where a full-size dishwasher will not fit, or when your dishwasher is broken. Although it's designed for use on a countertop, the portable dishwasher can also go on the floor. Countertop dishwashers come with simple installation instructions and require space for placement and drainage.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Place the dishwasher on the countertop and level it. Situate it in a place that is close to the sink for drainage purposes. Choose a location that has an 18-inch height clearance under cupboards; otherwise the dishwasher will not fit. Locate the four screws under the dishwasher and adjust them so that it is level with the countertop.

  • Remove the sink faucet's aerator and replace it with the one provided in the portable dishwasher's packaging. Connect the quick-connect adapter to the faucet with pliers. Once the new aerator is in place, you can easily pop the quick-connect adapter on and off whenever you desire.

  • Connect the dishwasher to the water supply. Attach the straight end of the inlet hose to the back of the dishwasher and the bent end of the inlet hose to the faucet. Tighten both ends securely with pliers.

  • Place the drainage hose in a drainage standpipe or the sink. Use the plastic U-bend provided with the dishwasher to bend the drainage hose into a U-shape on one end. Set the bent end of the hose into the drainage pipe or sink. Connect the other end of the drainage hose to the drain port on the back of the portable dishwasher using the clip provided.

  • Turn on the water faucet. Check the inlet hose and drainage hose for any leaks by testing both the hot and cold water before operating the machine.

  • Plug the dishwasher into a grounded outlet and load it with dishes. Watch the first load carefully to make sure everything works properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • If leaks occur, unplug the appliance and tighten the inlet and drainage hoses as needed.
  • Make sure there is an electrical outlet within 6 feet of the countertop dishwasher.
  • If you are unsure how to connect the hoses properly, contact a plumber for professional advice.

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