How to Remove Old Built-in Dishwashers


A built-in dishwasher is a modern convenience that many people use every day. After years of use, the dishwasher may become dysfunctional and need to be replaced. Before a new dishwasher is installed, the old one must be removed. Even if you are not installing the new dishwasher, you can save some money by removing the old one yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Open the cabinet under the kitchen sink and sit on the floor so that you can comfortably reach into the cabinet. Use a flashlight to illuminate the area under the sink.

  • Locate the electrical plug for the dishwasher and pull it out of the outlet.

  • Notice the drain hose attached to the side of sink drain or garbage disposal, if there is one. The drain hose should run through the cabinet sidewall over to the dishwasher. The hose is attached to the drain plumbing or the disposal with a metal spring clip. Squeeze the ends of the spring clip together with a pair of pliers to loosen it and disconnect the dishwasher's drain hose.

  • Find the small copper tube that connects to the hot water shutoff and runs over to the dishwasher through the sidewall of the cabinet. Turn the handle or knob of the shutoff all the way to the right to stop the supply of water. Use an adjustable wrench to remove the copper tube from the shutoff. Turn the fitting at the end of the copper tube counter-clockwise with the wrench to remove it.

  • Open the dishwasher door and locate the two screws, located on the upper edge of the dishwasher, that secure it to the underside of the countertop. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws. Pull the dishwasher out of its cavity under the countertop and discard it.

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