10 easy steps to pack your dishwasher
Moving to a new home is a stressful period where a lot of important decisions have to be made, including what is coming with you and what is staying behind. And, if your dishwasher is one of the items you just do not want to part with, then you are going to need to know the best way to move your dishwasher.
You can always hire professional movers to do it for you as they will come to your home to first disconnect your dishwasher, then protect it correctly, and then relocate it to the new home. And then, you are going to have to pay for those services. This is why knowing how to move a dishwasher by yourself can save you a lot of money.
Aside from someone to help you, you are also going to need an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, current detector, moving blankets, rope or packing tape, and a dolly. Follow these 10 easy steps to pack your dishwasher and move it to your new home.
Step 1. Disconnect the power supply
Detaching the power supply is the first thing you have to do when moving your dishwasher to a new home. In fact, you have to turn off your power whenever you are about to begin work on an electric appliance in general. There are two well-defined ways to do just that depending on how your dishwasher is powered.
If your dishwasher’s power cable is plugged into a wall socket, then simply find the cable and unplug it.
If your dishwasher is powered by a cord that goes into the wall, then you are going to have to find where the power cord is connected to the power grid and disengage the cables. This usually involves simply going to the circuit breaker box and flipping the correct breaker. If you do not know which switch it is, use a current detecting tool on the cable that powers the system and flip a few switches until that power cable until the detector tool stops detecting the electric current. Then all you have to is disengage the power cable.
Step 2. Separate the dishwasher from the counter
In order to do this, you have to unscrew the machine from the countertop. The usual method of installing the dishwasher is done with the help of two or three bracket screws that are secured into the counter to hold the machine in place.
Open the door of your dishwasher, locate and remove the multi-bracket screws using a screwdriver and keep them safe in a plastic bag as you may need them later.
Step 3. Pick up the dishwasher
The next thing you have to know is that most dishwashers will have adjustable feet that can be fixed to keep the machine stable, firm and level on the ground. Hence, to be able to slide the machine out of its place, you will need to loosen the front two feet so that you do not damage the floor. In many cases, you will need a wrench to loosen up those front feet.
To loosen up the rear feet, you will need someone to hold the unit on the top and tilt it forward a little so that you can get to the back of the unit. Then, lie on the floor and reach behind the dishwasher with your hands. Locate the rear feet and loosen them one by one. Under ordinary circumstances, you should not need a wrench to unscrew them as they will be off the ground.
Step 4. Partially pull out the dishwasher
Dishwashers are generally installed in the kitchen cabinet and are often next to the kitchen sink. Before you pull it out, make sure that it is completely empty. Remove any and all kitchen plates, silverware, glasses, and anything else that is inside the dishwasher’s racks and baskets and pack them separately. Then, carefully pull the dishwasher away from the counter. Do it slowly to avoid damaging any of the two water supply lines or the power line before you can disconnect them. Have someone help you as dishwashers tend to be rather heavy. Pull the dishwasher out partially, only until you can gain access to the three water and lines that are behind the machine.
Step 5. Turn off your water supply
When you have made sure that your dishwasher is safely disconnected from the power supply, it is time to disconnect the water. This step is easy enough find and shut off the water supply valve to effectively stop any water from going into the machine.
Step 6. Disconnect the water lines
Every dishwasher has two water lines, and these are the water supply line and the drainage line. Keep in mind that when you are moving a dishwasher to a new home, you must disconnect both of the water lines before pulling the dishwasher out from under the kitchen counter.
- a) Disconnect the water supply line
After you have shut off the water supply, you can safely remove the water supply line from the dishwashing machine. Usually, there is a nut that secures your water feed tube in place, unscrew this nut to disconnect it. Use a suitable container to prevent any residual water that is still trapped inside the water supply tube. If you have to, use an old towel to dry up any water spills that are likely to occur.
- b) Disconnect the drainage line
Now that you have found and removed the water supply tube from your dishwasher, the other tube will be the one that drains all the water. Follow the tube or hose that leads to the sink and once there, it should be connected to the waste draining hose. Free it from the connection, either by just pulling it free or by first unscrewing the clamp that might be holding it in place and then getting it out.
Step 7. Completely pull out the dishwasher
Before you can completely pull out the dishwasher from under the kitchen counter, make sure you have completed these three basic tasks first, and these are turn off the power supply, safely disconnect the water supply line and safely disconnect the drain line. After these three are done, you should, very carefully, pull the built-in dishwasher away from the rest of the cabinet. To guard the kitchen floor against any possible damage, place one or two sheets of cardboard on the floor while pulling out your machine so that its feet are not touching the floor directly.
Step 8. Wrap your dishwasher in moving blankets
Once safely separated from the kitchen cabinet under the sink, wrap your dishwashing machine in thick moving blankets for extra protection. Make sure that you cover the unit completely, then use a rope to secure the blankets to the machine and keep them from shifting during the relocation.
Step 9. Load the dishwashing machine onto the dolly
Always use the correct moving equipment to avoid damage and injury. In this situation, you should use an appliance dolly to move your dishwasher without damaging the floor and load it safely onto the moving truck.
With the help of your friend, pick up the dishwasher slightly, then slide the appliance dolly under it and then push the dolly backward until you balance the dishwasher on its wheels. Use a rope to secure the dishwasher on the moving dolly, then begin wheeling it out of your home.
Step 10. Load the dishwasher on the vehicle
Use all the manpower you have to load the dolly-strapped dishwasher onto the loading ramp and into the moving truck. Do it slowly and cautiously. Secure the dishwasher to the side of the truck using rope or straps.
We hope that these 10 easy steps to pack your dishwasher have helped you to prepare for your relocation more easily. If you need the help of a professional moving company, then State to State is the moving company for you. We offer expert moving services and can help you to move to and from anywhere in the country.