How to Install a Frigidaire Dishwasher

Dishwashers need to be installed where there is easy access to drains, a water supply and electricity. The best place is next to the sink; that also makes loading dishes easy. Frigidaire dishwashers are fixed in place and aren't portable. If the dishwasher is to be installed at the end of a cabinet line, the sides and back need to be enclosed too.

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Step 1

Prepare the installation. Remove the two screws in the front of the kick plate and tilt the kick plate forward. Remove the kick plate. Wrap a 90-degree elbow with pipe thread tape and thread it onto the water inlet valve on the bottom left behind the kick plate. Point the elbow toward the back of the unit.

Step 2

Locate the connections for electricity, drain and water.

Step 3

Disconnect the power at the circuit breaker. Cut an access hole in the side of the cabinet to allow the power line to plug into the power supply if there isn't already a hole. The machine uses a regular household plug, and there may well be one under the sink for this purpose. Pull the electrical cord through the hole.

Step 4

Route a water supply line into the installation area. There may be an existing water supply line, or you may need to plumb one in. Don't use a rubber garden hose—it can burst and cause damage. Copper tubing is best, and a shut-off valve outside the cabinet is useful.

Step 5

Cut 2-inch holes in the cabinet and connect the drain line to the waste with a clamp. There are a number of ways you can do this. Connect the drain to the sink drain above the trap. You can use a Y branch tailpiece and connector kit. You can also connect to a sink trap—which may involve installing an air gap kit, which also isn't included. Another connection is straight into the garbage disposal. Remove the knock plug from inside the disposal inlet before making the final drain hose connection. Don't connect the drain hose to the line between the disposer and the sink. In all cases, make sure you have a loop at least 32 inches above the floor for proper drainage.

Step 6

Level the dishwasher within the cabinet. Loosen the front and rear leveling legs by turning them counterclockwise.

Step 7

Route the water line to the water inlet valve. Pull the water supply line into the 90-degree elbow you installed earlier. Turn on the water and check for leaks.

Step 8

Secure the dishwasher. It mustn't tilt when the door is opened. Replace the kick plate and screw the mounting brackets firmly to the dishwasher and counter top. Check whether the door still opens correctly.

Step 9

Turn the power back on and test.

Patrick Nelson

Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.