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How to Install a Viking Dishwasher

Viking dishwashers are premium appliances that include features like commercial-grade motors and multi-stage waste disposal. Unlike most dishwashers, Viking models don't simply alter the cycle length to suit the load, they alter the entire washing system, using different temperatures and spray patterns to clean your dishes safely and efficiently. Incorrect installation can cause leaks and overheating that can damage not only the unit, but the area surrounding the dishwasher, so read completely through the instructions before installing.

  1. Remove the dishwasher from the packaging, but leave the surrounding layer of insulation intact. This will reduce operation noise. Leave the protective film over the front cover as well.
  2. Tilt the dishwasher and lay it on its back. Locate the screws in the front right and left corners of the bottom of the unit. Attach the kick plate brackets into these screws. Hold the kick plate flush with the front panel of the dishwasher and tighten the screws.
  3. Stand the dishwasher up and locate the plastic tie on the bottom left corner of the back of the unit. Gather the water line, drain line and power cord together and fasten with the tie.
  4. Slide the unit into the installation space while feeding the power cord and water and drain lines into the cabinet beside it.
  5. Remove the front cover by unscrewing the two bottom screws and lifting it off.
  6. Locate the legs on the bottom front of the unit. Adjust the right and left legs to level the unit side to side, turning them clockwise to lengthen and counterclockwise to shorten. Use the same method to adjust the center leg to level the unit front to back. Use a carpenter's level for accuracy. Once the legs are in place, tighten the top nut on each and reattach the front cover.
  7. Open the door and attach the screws on the dishwasher into the cabinets on either side and the countertop above through the pre-drilled holes on the inside brackets. If your model includes a frame, the brackets will be on the frame.
  8. Install the clip labeled "High Loop Clip" toward the top of the inside wall of the adjacent cabinet, at least 20 inches from the floor. Feed the water and drain lines through it.
  9. Identify the drain line -- it is the one with the graduated opening. Use scissors to cut the end of the drain line down to the opening that fits the pipe into either your garbage disposal or sink drain, depending upon your setup. Attach the drain line to the pipe and clamp securely.
  10. Connect the water line to your water supply, usually located on the back wall of the cabinet. Clamp securely and plug the dishwasher into the outlet. Screw the kick plate into the brackets you installed earlier.
  11. Turn on the water supply and watch for leaks, adjusting and tightening the water line connection as necessary. Run a "Rinse and Hold" cycle and check under the unit for leaks, adjusting and tightening the drain line connections as necessary. Once installation is complete, peel the protective film off of the front cover.

Things You Will Need

  • Installation kit
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Carpenter's level
  • Scissors

Tip

  • It is helpful to have someone assist you in guiding the dishwasher into place while feeding the lines into the cabinet.

Warnings

  • If you are at all unsure about your dishwasher installation skill, a professional installation is recommended because your warranty will not cover any damage caused by a faulty installation.
  • Never adjust the water lines while the unit is plugged in. In fact, it is safest to cut the power to the outlet at the breaker/fuse box level during installation.

About the Author

Angela Brady has been writing since 1997. Currently transitioning to a research career in oncolytic virology, she has won awards for her work related to genomics, proteomics, and biotechnology. She is also an authority on sustainable design, having studied, practiced and written extensively on the subject.