A leaky, damaged or clogged-up dishwasher drain hose is bound to happen at the most inopportune moment, like when you’ve just finished hosting a meal for friends or family and have used every single plate, cup and piece of cutlery in the house and need your dishwasher working. At Wayne's Wholesale Spares, we understand how urgent this situation is. Here are a few DIY tips on how to replace your dishwasher drain hose from our experts.
Preparation: Tools and Parts Needed
You’ll need a few tools for the job of replacing your dishwasher drain hose:
- Replacement dishwasher drain hose for your model
- Bucket or plastic container (for the dirty water)
Process: Replacing the Hose Step-by-Step
Step 1: Turn your dishwasher power off at the wall – unplug it completely if you can, to be safe.
Step 2: Disconnect the drain hose under your sink. It’ll be clamped or clipped, so loosen this either with your screwdriver or pliers, depending on whether it’s a clamp or a clip. Put your bucket or plastic container under the connection point to catch any dirty water still in the hose.
Step 3: The dishwasher drain hose is located at the bottom of the dishwasher, and connected to the drain pump. Remove the bottom access panel (base plate) from the dishwasher with your screwdriver.
Step 4: Unclip the drain pump from the drain hose using pliers to remove it.
Step 5: Fit the new dishwasher drain hose in place, and either re-clip with the existing clip or with a replacement clip.
Step 6: Fit the hose and pump back tidily into the base.
Step 7: Close and re-screw the bottom access panel (base plate) back into place.
Step 8: Reconnect the drain hose under the sink and clamp/clip it back into place. It’s not a bad idea to leave the bucket or plastic container under there, just in case you have a leak when you run the machine (if you haven’t connected it tightly enough).
Step 9: Turn your dishwasher power back on and give it a short rinse cycle to check for leaks and that it’s working as it should.
DIY Vs Hiring a Professional
When your dishwasher drain hose acts up, you might find yourself torn between rolling up your sleeves to fix it yourself or calling in a professional. Here are a few things to consider to help you decide:
Your Skill Level
If you're confident with tools and can follow instructions diligently, taking the DIY route can be a rewarding experience.
While the procedure is laid out systematically, it might take longer than anticipated, especially if it's your first time. Ask yourself if you have the patience and time to navigate any unexpected challenges.
While hiring an expert might seem pricier initially, it could save you from potential costly mistakes down the road. However, if you're confident in your abilities, a DIY approach can be more economical.
Before diving in, check your dishwasher's warranty. Some warranties specify that repairs must be done by certified professionals to remain valid. You wouldn't want to unintentionally void it.
Peace of Mind
There's a certain comfort in knowing a professional has handled the repair, ensuring it's done right. Conversely, there's a unique satisfaction in successfully completing a DIY project.
Ultimately, the choice between DIY and hiring a professional is yours. Reflect on what you're comfortable with, the potential risks, and what you value most in this situation.
Here at Wayne's Wholesale Spares, we stock most dishwasher-branded parts and spares, along with a number of generic spares for the more obscure branded or older machines that you may be struggling to find parts for. Go to our dishwasher spare parts page to find out what's in stock or call us on 02 9755 1155.
We have a wide range of dishwasher spare parts in Sydney, which can be shipped to your door anywhere in Australia. All of the parts we stock are genuine manufacturer’s spares, so you can rest assured you will be getting quality components from us.
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Installing a dishwasher drain hose may seem a bit time-consuming and fiddly, but it is a great preventative task to do every few years before you find out the hard way that it needs to be replaced.
Here at Wayne's Wholesale Spares, we stock most dishwasher-branded parts and spares, along with several generic spares for the more obscure branded or older machines that you may be struggling to find parts for. If you need help with sourcing the part you need or want to talk to one of our friendly, knowledgeable team, then get in touch today. We’re here to help.