How to Install a GE Dishwasher
Avoid the hassle of hand-washing dishes by installing a GE dishwasher in your home's kitchen. Most of today's homes are built the with the wiring and plumbing for a built-in dishwasher already installed. Consult a plumber and an electrician or a general contractor if your home does not have these items. Working with the electrical wiring is too dangerous a project for most homeowners to attempt without professional assistance.
Switch off power to the kitchen cabinet area from the home's circuit breaker panel. A built-in GE dishwasher must be directly connected to the home's electrical wiring instead of plugging into a wall outlet, so it is vital that you know the power is off before you proceed with the installation. Close the water shut-off valve under the sink.
Lay a piece of scrap plywood or a thick blanket in front of the cabinet opening to protect your kitchen floor. Have an assistant help you unpack the dishwasher and lift it onto the wood or blanket. Attach the drain hose and water supply line to the back of the dishwasher.
Adjust the feet on the bottom of the unit so it is the proper height for your cabinet. Use a level to make sure the dishwasher is straight so it does not wobble during the wash cycle. Once you are satisfied with the alignment of the adjustable feet, have your assistant help you push the dishwasher into the cabinet opening. Insert the mounting screws into the underside of the kitchen cabinet and tighten them to secure the dishwasher in your desired location.
Connect the electrical wires from the home to the power supply of the dishwasher. Match the black wires on each side with each other. Do the same with the white wires. Ground the circuit by wrapping the green wire from the house around the ground screw on the dishwasher.
Connect the drain hose to the fitting on the sink's garbage disposal. Connect the dishwasher's water supply line to the supply valve under the sink. Open the water shut-off valve and turn on the breaker switch to the kitchen.
Run a test cycle with no dishes in the racks to make sure all of the connections are secure and no water is leaking out of the dishwasher.
Things You Will Need
- Dishwasher with mounting hardware
- Owner's manual
- Scrap plywood or thick blanket
- Drain hose
- Water supply line
- Adjustable wrench