From hauling a dishwasher into your house to attaching the water connections, installing a dishwasher can take up to five hours. If you don’t have the right tools, it could take even longer. To make your life easier and to avoid installing a dishwasher incorrectly, we recommend hiring a professional plumber. A plumber will have the right tools on hand and can install your new dishwasher in under two hours. If you’re not quite convinced yet, keep reading to learn why you should hire a plumber.
A Plumber Can Inspect the Supply Lines
A supply line, specifically a dishwasher connector, connects the dishwasher to a water source. If you buy a new supply line, a plumber can ensure that the line is compatible with both your dishwasher and water source. If you decide to use an existing supply line, a professional plumber can inspect it to ensure that it’s in good condition and does not have any leaks.
An Improper Installation Can Void the Dishwasher’s Warranty
Before installing a dishwasher on your own, you should read the warranty carefully. Even slightly damaging the dishwasher during the installation process can void the warranty. Since the cost of a dishwasher ranges between $300 to $1,000 and upwards, that can be a costly mistake. Even if the dishwasher still works, you will not be able to replace it should it break shortly. So, unless you are handy and have experience installing dishwashers, you should hire a plumber so you don’t risk your warranty.
Installing a Dishwasher Requires a Variety of Tools
If you do not have a variety of tools on hand, you may need to make a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot. To install a dishwasher, you need the following tools: pliers, an adjustable wrench, a set of screwdrivers, a tube cutter, and hole saws. You will also need cleaning supplies such as a shallow bucket and sponge. If you do not have any of these items, the cost to purchase them can add up quickly.
Not Installing Your Dishwasher Correctly Can Lead to a Mountain of Problems
Not only can installing a dishwasher correctly void your warranty, but it can also create a mess. For example, if you do not install the supply line correctly, you could deal with leaks – or even worse, a flood. You might also experience a “water hammer” – when the water runs too quickly through your pipes and causes loud shaking sounds. Lastly, if you incorrectly install your dishwasher to the garbage disposal, you may notice pungent smells or have residue on your dishes.
A Plumber Can Finish the Job Affordably and Quickly
You don’t want to get stuck washing your dishes by hand. A plumber can install your dishwasher in one to two hours. Also, the average plumber won’t charge more than a couple of hundred dollars to install your dishwasher. Why risk your warranty and potentially have to buy a new dishwasher? Take the easy and safe route by hiring a plumber.