How to Move a Dishwasher

Jason Prader

If you are moving house, transporting a dishwasher can be a difficult task that usually requires the strength of two people.

Dishwashers are useful but awkward items.

Dishwashers can be a godsend when it comes to ticking off those all-important household chores. A dinner party with several guests, or just a big family dinner, can lead an unsightly stack of dishes and cutlery stubbornly crowding the area around the sink. Dishwashers take the trauma out of washing up and help keep a family home running smoothly. If you are moving house, however, transporting a dishwasher can be a difficult task that usually requires the strength of two people.

  1. Open the cupboard beneath the kitchen sink. Shut off the taps that supply water to the dishwasher.

  2. Locate the electrical panel and shut off the circuit that supplies power to the kitchen. Shut off the main water valve that supplies water to your house too.

  3. Disconnect the drainage pipes from the discharge line. These lines are usually situated beneath the kitchen sink and can be disconnected using a wrench to loosen the fittings.

  4. Remove the access panel at the base of the dishwasher. These can normally be removed by unscrewing the screws that hold the panel in place with a screwdriver.

  5. Locate the water supply line. This is situated towards the left front area once the access panel has been removed. Lay some old sheets or towels down on the floor surrounding the dishwasher.

  6. Loose the nut that connects the line to the dishwasher using an adjustable wrench. There may be some water that seeps out as you loosen it, which should be absorbed by the towels you laid out in the previous step.

  7. Locate the metal junction box, which is used to conceal the wires used to power the dishwasher. Loosen the nuts that holds the wires in place. Keep the nuts in a secure place as you will need these when reconnecting the dishwasher in your new home.

  8. Open the dishwasher door. Locate the screws that attach the dishwasher to the counter top. Unscrew the screws using a screwdriver. Lower the dishwasher by reducing the height of the adjustable legs.

  9. Move the dishwasher out from beneath the counter. Ask a friend to carefully push the drain line through the holes in the cupboards as you pull the dishwasher out. This ensures the dishwasher doesn’t get caught up in the connections.

  10. Secure the dishwasher door and any loose wires by binding them with a strong tape or tying them with rope. Doors and wires can be damaged during transport if not properly contained. Wrap the entire machine in bubble paper or layers of soft sheets to protect the machine’s structure.

  11. Carry the dishwasher through your home and out the front door with the help of a friend. It’s usually easiest to carry a dishwasher in a vertical position with one person at each end. Thick gloves can make the process easier as the underside of dishwashers can have straight, sharp metal edges.

  12. Lift the dishwasher into the rear of the van with the assistance of a friend. Reduce the risk of the dishwasher moving around by packing bulky items on all sides of it..

  13. Unload the dishwasher by carefully lifting it out of the back of the van with the help of a friend when you have reached your destination. Reattach the dishwasher in your new home.