How difficult is dishwasher installation? That depends. Are you simply replacing an older one, or are you putting the appliance in a new location as part of a kitchen remodel ? Knowing the work involved helps you decide whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. It also helps you understand costs associated with the job.

Is Installing a Dishwasher Something I Can Do?

The answer to the DIY question always comes back to whether or not you have the necessary experience and tools. Installation of a dishwasher requires you to be able to move a heavy object-twice if replacing a dishwasher-and to properly fit and secure the appliance. A shoddy installation will shorten the length of the dishwasher lifetime and can also result in expensive repairs in the future. If you do not have experience with this type of task and choose to learn on the job, be ready to call in a professional if the work leaves you stumped.

In terms of tools, you would need the following for a basic DIY replacement:

  • Various screwdrivers
  • Drill/driver
  • Spade bit
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tube-bending springs
  • Tubing cutter
  • Level

If you are moving the location of the dishwasher as well during a kitchen remodel, the job becomes significantly more difficult and requires the expertise of a professional. Also, keep in mind that state law may require plumbing and electrical work be done by a licensed professional.

Professional Dishwasher Installation Costs

Just as the difficulty of the work affects whether you can DIY or not, it also changes the cost of professional installation. Here are a few items that might impact the cost of your dishwasher installation:

Modifications of existing plumbing and wiring-If you are replacing a much older dishwasher with a modern model, you likely will need to modify these connections to fit today's industry standards for the appliance.

New plumbing and wiring -If you are installing a dishwasher for the first time in a kitchen or moving the location of the appliance during a remodel, you likely will need new connections.

Cabinetry work -A new dishwasher, whether being connected to existing hookups or in an entirely new location, likely will require some cabinetry adjustments.

As noted above, you likely will need to hire licensed professionals in all of these areas to perform repairs or modifications or to install new hookups. Also know that removal and disposal of an existing dishwasher also comes with a fee. The location of the dishwasher can affect the cost, such as if you need a dishwasher installed on a second or higher floor.

Your professional handyman can perform all of the services required during dishwasher installation. Unlike an electrician, plumber and carpenter who each perform their tasks, a handyman can tackle all of the above and more. For example, if you need tile or drywall work or painting done as part of the process, that's not a problem for a handyman. He or she also can provide a quote for services needed from start to finish.

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