If you’re in the middle of a kitchen makeover, make sure your new plan incorporates your appliances. There needs to be enough space between your new countertop slabs to fit your current oven and potential replacements in the future. Over-refrigerator cabinets need to give the appliance enough room to get rid of heat.
Even your dishwasher is a factor when you’re renovating your kitchen. Most dishwashers are held in place by support brackets that connect the appliance to the underside of the countertop. But, depending on your new kitchen, you might need to secure it to the cabinets on either side, instead.
What are the benefits of side supports?
Granite, marble, and quartz countertops are in style. But these natural stone slabs don’t stand up well to holes being drilled in them. That leaves gaps in the protective finish, and a drill could easily crack or splinter the whole slab. Instead of taking the risk, secure your dishwasher to the sides of your cabinets.
Even if you have new wooden cabinets, the holes are hidden sight and easy to cover or cap.
Getting rid of the anchors altogether isn’t possible. They stop the machine from shifting during cycles or tipping forward and putting pressure on the front while the door is open. Protect your countertops with side support brackets. Order part #4810DD4002B and follow these steps to install the new brackets yourself. Each bracket is sold separately, so count how many available holes are on both sides of the machine to make sure your appliance is sufficiently supported.
1. Unplug the appliance and turn off the water line.
Whenever you’re repairing or modifying an appliance, make sure it’s unplugged before you get started. During the course of this procedure, you will need to uninstall the machine. Unplug the appliance and turn off the water to keep yourself and the surrounding area safe.
To turn off the water connection, locate the hot water valve under the sink. Turn it ninety degrees to block the water.
2. Uninstall the dishwasher.
Start by disconnecting the lines that connect the dishwasher to the wall or sink. First, disconnect the fill line. This is the line that runs from the hot water valve to the dishwasher. Loosen the connecting nut with a wrench and then by hand. Set the line down in the cabinet, but make sure the open end is either in a plastic container or on a towel to prevent water damage from drips.
Also, loosen the clamp connecting the drain line to the garbage disposal by loosening its screw. Set the line down on a towel or in a container.
Next, move to the dishwasher and open the door. Loosen any screws around the interior perimeter of the dishwasher. Sometimes, they’ll be covered by caps that just snap off. These screws will be in place if you already have cabinet support bracket in use and you’re simply replacing a broken one.
After that, you will need to pull the dishwasher out of the cabinet cavity. Do this by mostly closing the door and using it as a grip to wiggle the dishwasher out a few inches. Be careful to not put too much stress on the door. Once you can grab the top of the appliance well enough to move it, pull it out the rest of the way. It needs to be completely free of the cabinets.
Then remove the side panel on the side that needs the support brackets. First, loosen and remove the screws along the front and rear sides of the side panel’s exterior lip. Next, tilt the top of the panel towards you. Lift the bottom free of the bottom groove and set it aside.
3. Replace or install the new support brackets.
Locate either the support bracket or the appropriate place in the frame’s side. It will be located towards the front of the appliance. For a better reference, look for the holes that housed the screws you removed earlier, and the bracket will be on the other side of the thin frame.
It will be held in place by a thin metal tab that wraps around the edge of the frame. Use a flathead screwdriver to bend the tab straight so you can unhook the support bracket entirely.
Then slip the new bracket’s tab through the frame hole and position the bracket in place against the frame. Use a flathead screwdriver or pliers to tightly bend the tab around the frame. Repeat this step for every support bracket you need to install or replace.
4. Reassemble the dishwasher.
First, slide the side panel back into the bottom groove. Once it’s in place, tilt the panel flush with the side of the appliance. Resecure it with the removed screws along the front and rear edges.
Then close the dishwasher. so you have more space to work.
If the lines or power cord fell out of the cabinets into the dishwasher cavity, push them back through the holes to the cabinet under the sink. Make sure as much length as possible is under the sink instead of where the dishwasher belongs to avoid pinched wires and water lines. Push the dishwasher partially under the cabinets. Pull the lines and power cord fully into the cabinet and then finish pushing the dishwasher into place.
Once the dishwasher is in its final position, reattach the drain line to the garbage disposal and retighten the clamp. Do the same with the fill line. Make sure the nut is firmly tightened, but don’t over tighten it.
Next, add the side support screws. Tighten the screws through each of the interior holes (from the second step) and the support brackets. If you have new cabinets or this is the first time your using side supports, use a drill to cut clean holes through your cabinet sides first. Then tighten the screws into position.
Turn the water back on and check for drips around the fill line connection point before you plug the dishwasher back in.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you may have a few more appliance repair projects in mind. Go to Flamingo Appliance Services for more tips or an appliance repair technician who can help.