How To Hook Up a Countertop Dishwasher

At the end of a long day, one of the last things that you probably want to do is to wash the dishes. If you want to do away with this chore once and for all, one of your options is to install a countertop dishwasher that will do the job for you. Here’s how.

  • Connect. First of all, you will need to place the dishwasher in the part of the countertop that is most accessible and where you can connect it to a water input pipe and a water output pipe. The water input pipe is usually the faucet, and will supply the countertop dishwasher with the water. The water output pipe, on the other hand, is the sink where the water will be drained. You can connect the dishwasher using the hoses that come with the package.
  • Hose. Next, you will need to attach the hose ring into the dishwasher. This will secure the water inflow from the faucet into the dishwasher. You will know that the hose has been properly installed if you hear a click from the back ring as you slide it into the faucet water source. Even after the black ring has made its distinct clicking noise, however, you should still give the connector a gentle tug to determine whether the connector has been secured into the water source.
  • Hot water. Next, you should test the connection from the faucet to the countertop dishwasher. You can do this by turning on the hot water. Check all sides of the countertop dishwasher and determine whether the there are any leaks in the countertop dishwasher. If there are leaks, you will need to make sure that the black ring is correctly connected to the connector. You will also need to test the water at different loads. Try adding water with only a few dishes as load, and then try adding water with more dishes as load. Sometimes, no leaks will be present when you add only a little load. But when you add a large load of dirty dishes, a countertop dishwasher can start leaking if the connector is not properly attached.
  • Turn on. You should also test the washing cycle in the dishwasher itself. You can do this by connecting the countertop dishwasher to a power source and then turning on the device. You should hear a gentle gurgling noise as the tank begins to fill up with water. After a few minutes, the cycle for cleaning the dishes should be over and the water should start draining onto the sink. In most models, the countertop dishwasher will turn off all by itself after the cleaning cycle has been completed. During the entire cleaning process, make sure that the countertop dishwasher does not leak and that the tank fills up completely and drains completely.

After using the countertop dishwasher, remember to turn off the water supply. Sometimes, water may be stored by the dishwasher. To prevent this, simply click on the red button on the countertop dishwasher and place the hose connecting the dishwasher and the faucet, onto the countertop. You can then unplug the entire dishwasher and store it away.


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