A tiny kitchen doesn't mean that you can't have the convenience of an automatic dishwasher. One alternative to scrubbing dishes by hand is a countertop or portable dishwasher. Installing a countertop dishwasher permanently does require some modifications and can seem like an overwhelming task.
With a few minor modifications, you can permanently connect your countertop dishwasher to your plumbing. While permanent installation of a countertop dishwasher isn't as complicated as installing a built-in dishwasher, there are still some important steps to take to ensure optimal results. The steps to permanently installing your countertop dishwasher that we will discuss in further detail are as follows:
Planning for your countertop dishwasher
- Unboxing countertop dishwasher
- Connecting hoses
- Testing connections
- Turning on the dishwasher
1. Planning For Your Countertop Dishwasher
Finding the space that your countertop dishwasher will permanently occupy is an important part of planning for your countertop dishwasher. You only need to reserve for Airmsen countertop dishwashers come in sizes of about 17 inches or 43 centimeters tall.
On Top Of The CounterIf you choose to keep your countertop dishwasher on top of your counter, you can use existing electricity. Your dishwasher will be plugged into an existing outlet above your counter but will still be connected to plumbing below your counter.
The hoses that would normally hook up to the sink faucet when using your countertop dishwasher will need to tap into your sink's plumbing system. You will likely need to drill a hole in your countertop to run the hoses through.
2. Connecting Hoses
Two hoses would normally connect from the back of the countertop dishwasher to the sink faucet, the drain hose, and the inlet hose. If you will be connecting your dishwasher permanently, there will be some modifications needed.
To permanently connect your countertop dishwasher, you will need to tap into a water source. You can choose to apply a flexible water line via a water line adapter to your dishwasher's waterline, as shown below.
You will also need a hot water supply. To supply hot water to your dishwasher, you can connect straight to your water heater or into your sink's hot water line.
Your countertop dishwasher will also need a drain pipe. Connecting the dishwasher drain hose to your sink's drain pipe is one option, and another option is connecting to the drain opening of your garbage disposal.
3. Testing Connections
Before connecting the dishwasher hoses to the dishwasher, place hoses over the sink and turn on the water to ensure that there are no leaks around any of the connections. Check all the connections between your sink's pipes, the flexible water line, and the dishwasher connections.
You are now ready to connect the hoses to the back of your countertop dishwasher. Tighten both hoses enough that there is no water leakage.