A dishwasher is a must-have for busy individuals and families with many children. It’s a more efficient and hygienic alternative to manually washing the dishes, and it also saves plenty of water.
But when it comes to purchasing and installing appliances on your own, there is often room for mistakes leading to more stress and hassle. In the case of a dishwasher, a mistake means more dishes for you to wash! To avoid this, take note of the things to consider before buying and installing your dishwasher:
1. Pick the right type of dishwasher for your space.
Most homes have a built-in dishwasher that goes underneath the countertop. This type of dishwasher comes in standard and compact sizes.
A countertop dishwasher, on the other hand, sits on a counter. Economical and efficient, it uses less water compared to traditional dishwashers. This type is ideal for small families.
If you’re relocating often or renting an apartment, a portable dishwasher is a great choice, as it’s designed to be set aside when not in use.
2. The dishwasher’s size and capacity must be considered.
There are many different features and models that cater to the specific needs of your household. When buying a dishwasher, consider the number of people at home, the size of the utensils, your food habits, and more.
3. Check the energy efficiency of a dishwasher.
Consume less energy and save on your utility bills by choosing an energy-efficient dishwasher. A model with an ENERGY STAR rating will use no more than 3 ½ gallons of water per load, or 5-40% less energy per cycle compared to an older, non-ENERGY STAR model.
Also, a dishwasher displays an Energy Guide label estimating the yearly operation cost and power consumption.
4. Hiring a plumber to install your dishwasher eliminates risks.
When you hire a licensed professional to do the job, it gives you the assurance that the dishwasher is hooked up properly from the start.
Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, you can’t risk installing the dishwasher incorrectly. Problems during installation may lead to leaking and wasted water.
When new connections must be made, or existing connections require modification, a professional plumber can save you from a lot of stress.
5. DIY installation of the dishwasher may void its warranty.
Theoretically, you can go ahead and install the dishwasher on your own. However, many manufacturers require that a professional (not you guided by YouTube/ Google) performs any necessary repair and maintenance work.
Remember to read the fine print on your dishwasher manual and warranty before installing the dishwasher without professional help.
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