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Moving homes usually means deciding which items and
appliances you want to take with you. However, moving appliances usually needs
a lot more preparation as compared to moving household items. For whatever
reason, if you’ve decided to move a dishwasher, you’re going to need the
low-down on all the preparation you have to do, as well as tackling how to move
Before you get into all the details, ask the big question: Do
you need to move your dishwasher?
Many homes have pre-installed dishwashers, and these are
usually intact since people mostly choose to not move their dishwashers with
them. Additionally, moving a dishwasher is no easy task; you are undertaking
something that is rarely attempted, and when it is, it is left to the
professionals. It will cost you time, money and a whole load of patience, not
to mention you have to have the necessary tools handy and a spare set of hands
to help you out.
How to move a dishwasher is much easier to answer if your move is local as compared to an interstate move. If you’re moving over a long distance, you may want to consider changing your mind. It is only fair to suspect the condition of the pre-installed dishwasher, but unless it is in non-workable condition, try to avoid moving yours. The longer the distance, the more this move is going to cost. You may just find that purchasing a new dishwasher from around your new home proves to be much cheaper than disassembling, moving and reassembling your old dishwasher.
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If you’ve gone through all these questions and your need
transcends them, by all means, read on. We’ve covered every detail you could
possibly need to know on how to move a dishwasher. Though this is no easy task,
you should manage just fine.
Before moving it, you must properly disconnect your
dishwasher. This involves disconnecting the power, water supply and drainage
lines, as well as unscrewing parts of it to remove it. Make sure you follow
these steps correctly to avoid accidentally damaging it or misplacing any of
You can’t just wake up one morning and decide to ready your
dishwasher for the move; this kind of step needs prep! The first thing you need
to do is contact a few family members or friends to come over and help you.
Dishwashers are bulky appliances, weighing from 70 to 150 pounds, and you
cannot dismantle and pack one up by yourself. A lot of the steps we’ve listed
require two pairs of hands, and you’re sure to damage the dishwasher or risk
personal injury if you go at it alone. If you’re stuck in a fix, get one of
your neighbours to help you out, but ensure you have help.
An appliance like the dishwasher has a fair bit of
unscrewing and shifting around to do. Make sure you have these tools handy
before you try to dismantle it.
Of course this step goes without saying, but it is better to
be cautious than overconfident. Open the dishwasher and thoroughly check for
any stray forks, knives or other utensils that may have slipped your sight.
These can bend or break while trying to dismantle your dishwasher, not to
mention damage the appliance itself.
It is important to clean and dry your dishwasher thoroughly
before your move. A lot of time will pass between packing it up securely,
keeping it in transit while moving it and actually opening, setting it up and
using it again. Any dirt or damp can cause mold or fungus to form, and worse,
it could damage the electrical parts of the dishwasher. Simply empty it out and
run it through a cycle, and air it out. Wipe it down to dry out all the damp
parts, and you’re all set.
Most dishwashers are in-built, and as a result, the switch
board is likely to be against the wall, behind the dishwasher. This is far from
easily accessible, and you will have to shift it out of the way before you can
reach the switch. However, electrical appliances are dicey when moved around
too much, and you should never take your safety for granted.
Head to the electrical circuit of your home and switch off
the power supply that connects to your kitchen. It is crucial that you do this
before trying to shift the dishwasher around. Do remember: every other electrical
appliance in the kitchen that is plugged in will also lose power. Make sure
things like the oven and washing machine aren’t in use when you go to do this.
To turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, you’ll have
to take a look under your sink to find the pipe that directly supplies water to
it. You may need a wrench to turn the valve so it stops the supply.
Note: In some cases, the water supply is not under the sink
but at the back of the dishwasher, making it pretty inaccessible. You’ll have
to carefully disassemble more of it until you can partially pull it out to
reach the water supply valve. That process is listed below, so keep reading and
Next up, you’ll have to disconnect the pipes leading out of
the dishwasher before you attempt to move it. The water supply tube is mostly a
narrow tube made of plastic or copper, that supplies the dishwasher with clean
water. The pipe will have a screw, coupling nut or a ring at the end that holds
it in place. Unscrew this, using a pair of pliers if necessary.
Pro tip: Place a towel beneath the opening of the pipe
before you unscrew it. There’s bound to be minor water spillage once the tube
is loosened, and the towel will help you avoid a damp mess.
The drainage pipe is what drains the dirty water out of the
dishwasher after every cycle. The drainage pipe is mostly fastened to the main
kitchen sink pipe that drains out the water. Remove the pipe, and use a wrench
to loosen the ring or valve keeping it in place if you have to. Again, keep a
towel or bucket handy to collect any residual water that may spill out.
Note: As soon as you remove a screw, ring or coupling nut,
place it aside where it won’t get lost or misplaced. Label small ziploc baggies
beforehand and immediately put them into these to make sure you have everything
in place for when you have to reassemble it.
Due to being in-built, the dishwashers are usually secured
to the underneath of the cabinet top. Open the dishwasher door and look for the
bracket screws that are holding it in place. Grab your screwdriver to unscrew
them and again, make sure you safely keep the screws aside.
Most dishwashers are equipped with adjustable legs. These
help to keep the dishwasher fixed at the ideal height, ensuring it fits just
right into its cabinet. Lift up the front legs of the dishwasher with the help
of a wrench. Wind the legs upwards. Now that the front is loose, have your
moving assistant tilt the dishwasher forward. This is to ensure that its back
end is raised slightly in the air. Now that you have the space, slide your arm
in towards the back and loosen the back legs as well. You may have to lay down
flat on the floor for best reach; another reason why having someone to help is
As earlier mentioned, some of you may find that the water
supply valve is located behind the dishwasher, in a rather inaccessible way.
This is the step where you can reach behind to turn it off. Grab your large
cardboard sheet – an easy way to procure one is to just cut up an old box lying
around. Any other material will do as long as it is stiff enough. The idea is
to lay it on the floor and partially pull out the dishwasher.
The cardboard prevents the legs from damaging the floor or
accidentally slipping. Remember not to pull it out too far or to yank it out
too fast as it is still connected to the power socket and the water supply in
the back! Reach behind and turn off the valve that supplies water.
Feel around for the power socket once you’ve turned off the
water supply. Unplug your dishwasher, and once this is done, you can head to
the circuit board to turn on the circuit to the kitchen once more.
Patiently and carefully following these steps is the key to getting your dishwasher ready for the move.
Free of all the screws, plugs and pipes, your dishwasher can
now be moved out of its space. Once again, you’re going to need someone’s
assistance as this is not something that can be attempted alone. Read on to
know just what goes into shimmying a dishwasher out of its comfy cabinet and
readying it for a move.
Just like before, ready some cardboard sheets on the floor.
Slowly pull the dishwasher out of the cabinet completely and onto the sheets.
Your dishwasher should come out smoothly. If you feel resistance, immediately
stop and check to see if one of the tubes is stuck or if you’ve missed
unscrewing a set of bracket screws. Tugging on it will only damage your
appliance. Watch out for any water that might have dripped out, and make sure
those parts are completely dried once you’ve moved the dishwasher out.
Great! Your dishwasher is out… and it has wires and tubes
sticking out of it. It is important to firmly secure all of these to the
dishwasher so that they aren’t in the way, or worse, get damaged in transit. An
easy way to secure them is to bundle them up lightly and fasten it with a big
enough length of bendy wire or twistees, or a firm rubber band. Tape the bundle
up to the dishwasher. Do this with the water supply and drainage pipes, and the
Additionally, you need to remove any and all loose items
from within the dishwasher. Take out all the trays and racks, check them once
over for dirt or wear, and pack them up separately. Make sure you label the box
in which they are packed, and ensure it is a box marked to go into the kitchen
in your new house.
Like any other item getting ready for a move, a dishwasher
needs an adequate amount of cushioning to prevent it from getting damaged and
damaging other things. First, grab some bubble wrap and wrap it around the
entire dishwasher, twice over. This gives it a nice, secure cushion. Secure the
bubble wrap with packing tape and wrap it up in sheets. The sheets provide the
adequate layer of protection, absorbing any shocks and jolts from the move.
Avoid making the tape come in contact with the surface of
your dishwasher. Alternatively, you can also use saran wrap. Avoid making the
tape come in contact with the surface of your dishwasher. Just ensure your
dishwasher has a cushion of protection that is at least a few inches in width.
Avoid bulking it up with too many sheets or blankets as this will weigh it down
and make it harder for you to transport it to the truck.
An appliance dolly is just the thing to help you load the
dishwasher onto the moving truck. This dolly is L-shaped and has 2 wheels and
handlebars for easy navigation. Appliance dollies can easily take weights upto
700 pounds. The best part about them is that they come with strong straps that
are used to secure your appliances to the dolly before wheeling them off. As
the name suggests, they are built to move heavy, bulky appliances like a
fridge, dishwasher, or washing machine. They aren’t cheap, so look into renting
one for the day.
First, turn the dishwasher around so its back is facing you
and the dolly. This is the proper way to load appliances onto a dolly. Your
moving partner will have to hold the dishwasher at a slight tilt facing
themselves so you can position the ledge of the dolly underneath it. This ledge
will help lift the dishwasher up so make sure it is as evenly placed as
possible, and not oddly on one side. Push the dolly underneath and fasten the
dishwasher to the dolly with the straps. Tighten the belt handle to ensure it
is firmly secured.
Make sure you have a clear path from the dolly to the door.
Move aside any pieces of furniture that can block your way, tie up curtains so
they don’t bother you, and clear the floor of any obstacles. Be very careful
when navigating sharp corners and get your kids and pets out of the way before
you move the dolly. You may also want to lay floor sliders so the wheels of the
dolly don’t damage your floor.
You’ll need to make use of the truck’s loading ramp to wheel
the dolly up into the truck and secure it there. If you’re lucky, the truck
will have a liftgate – an automatic loading platform. Enquire about this before
you finalize on a moving truck if you think you could do with the automated
Once the truck reaches your new place, you have the
challenge of unloading and reconnecting your dishwasher. While reconnecting may
not be too much of a struggle, unloading it and wheeling it into the kitchen
may be a different scene. There’s a good chance you’ll have to wheel the dolly
down or up a few steps when wheeling it into the house. You’ll have to roll the
dolly down the stairs slowly, while someone holds the appliance in place so it
won’t fall. Tilt it as low as you need to to ensure you don’t accidentally lose
grip and have it topple in front, away from you. Likewise, have someone lift up
the other end of the dolly for when you need to climb up steps.
You’re sure to need help getting it off the dolly and repositioning it, and the people who helped you out in your new home may not be able to be around to help you reset. It’s a good idea to get to know the neighbors so you can ask for some assistance unloading it. Alternatively, just hire labor for the day, as you’re bound to have tons of other things to unload and you could certainly do with the help.
Make sure you get everything in place for this task as delays on moving day will just stress you out. Or, simply rent the appliance dolly for an extra day or two and do it the day before. Moving a dishwasher sure is daunting, and if you’re reconsidering the DIY decision, make sure you have a look at the types of movers you could rope in for help.
See also: How to Pack Your Kitchen for Moving
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