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Preparing to Install a New Dishwasher for the First Time

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by Bob Jackson

This article discusses how to unbox and ready the new dishwasher for installing under the kitchen counter. It is continued from How to Replace a Dishwasher.

Dishwasher Replacement Project Table of Contents

This article is part of a project series on replacing a dishwasher. The project phases are:

Choosing a New Dishwasher

Consumer Reports: I purchased a monthly subscription to Consumer Reports and read up on dishwasher product reviews, ratings and advice in my price range of $500 to $600. I figured whatever dishwasher I bought would be 8 years improved over the old one so I couldn’t do too badly. Oddly, I learned from Consumer Reports that a more expensive dishwasher in the $750 to $2000 range and many of the high end European imports may be significantly less reliable and rated only 5 points better than a $500 dishwasher. I also read user reviews at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and elsewhere on the Internet – it seemed that no matter which dishwasher liked, it always had its share of both happy and unhappy customers.

Lowes: Based on the Consumer Reports ratings I settled on a Whirlpool Gold dishwasher model and sold by Lowes home improvement stores. I called my local Lowes called to check inventory, confirm pricing and the 10% off appliance sale. However, when I looked at the Whirlpool Gold on the showroom floor at Lowes, I didn’t like the small silverware basket mounted on the dishwasher door. If I thought the silverware basket was too small, then I knew my wife really wouldn’t like it.

The Lowes store had the Frigidaire® Gallery dishwasher model FGHD2433KF1 with a stainless steel door. I liked the features, three spray arms, door top controls, rack layout and it had a large silverware basket.

Lowes’ price on the Frigidaire Gallery was $549.00 minus the 10% sale discount. I declined the extended warranty and my out-the-door price was $494.10 plus tax. Frigidaire offered a $30 mail-in rebate and I filed for a $99.00 rebate with the Georgia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program – which is funded by the Federal Government’s stimulus program.

My final price after discounts and rebate is $365.10! Not too bad. I’m glad I didn’t try to fix the old dishwasher.

Extended Warranty – Lowes Protection Plan

The Frigidaire manufacturer warranty is 1 year. Lowes offered me two extended warranty options – ahem, “Protection Plans” in marketing parlance:

  • $99.97 for 4 years
  • $69.97 for 2 years

I’m always skeptical of extended warranty plans and as a rule decline this option.

SquareTrade, Inc.

I recently purchased a camera on eBay and was introduced to SquareTrade, Inc. extended warranty plans. While I’ve not had the occasion to make a claim with SquareTrade to vouch for their warranty service, I learned that SquareTrade receives high marks from Amazon.com and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

After buying the camera on eBay, SquareTrade e-mailed a 30% off coupon for my next warranty. I surfed over to SquareTrade’s web site, entered the new dishwasher information and received a quote for $49.99. I applied the 30% coupon for a 3 year warranty price of only $34.99! That’s a 100% savings compared to the 2-year Lowes warranty price.

I cheerfully purchased a SquareTrade trade 3-year warranty and paid with PayPal. SquareTrade immediately e-mailed the warranty confirmation and contract terms with a 20% coupon for my next warranty. Sweet!

Let’s summarize those extended warranty prices:

  • Lowes @ $99.97 for 4 years
  • Lowes @ $69.97 for 2 years
  • SquareTrade @ $49.99 for 3 years; I paid $34.99 using a 30% coupon

SquareTrade e-mailed coupons for 50%, 30% and 20% at different times, so watch for promotions. You might also get a discounted e-mail offer that expires in 1 week from SquareTrade if you request a quote online (make sure you input your e-mail address if you don’t have an account) and don’t purchase right away.


The Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher model FGHD2433KF1 turned out to be a lemon because the circulation pump failed after only 18 months and leaked water on the floor. The cost to replace the circulation pump was $289.00, but the repair cost was covered by the SquareTrade Warranty. The details are covered in my SquareTrade Warranty Review: Dishwasher Repair Claim Success Story.

Dishwasher Installation Steps

The new dishwasher is set in the kitchen to be prepped for installation.

Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher Ready for Installation

The usual documents are provided with the dishwasher: yellow important information flyer, registration card, user guide and installation instructions.

Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher Documents

The dishwasher installation instructions were easy to understand. Important! Read the instructions start-to-finish before proceeding for a successful and trouble-free installation. Click on the image for a larger view:

Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher Installation Instructions – Front Page

Back page of the installation instructions:

Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher Installation Instructions – Back Page

Locate the drain hose and pull it out from under the insulation blanket.

Dishwasher Drain Hose

The drain hose has 5/8″, 3/4″ and 1″ diameter connections to fit your garbage disposer, waste tee or drain pipe. As discussed later in this project, I used the 1″ fitting that fits a 3/4″ PVC pipe.

Dishwasher Drain Hose Molded End with 5/8″, 3/4″ and 1″ Connections

The bottom access panel is attached with a machine screw on each side. Machine screws can be fussy and I needed a socket wrench to remove the tight screw.

Remove the Dishwasher Access Panel Screws

The dishwasher access panel is composed of a kickplate (top) and adjustable toeplate (bottom) to minimize gaps where it meets the floor.

Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher Access Panel

This project is continued in Part 4: How to Install a New Water Supply Line and Dishwasher Elbow.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Jackson

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Bob Jackson
Bob Jackson
Technology product manager by day and a prolific handyman in the evenings and over the weekends. Bob was the founder of the original Handyman How To website and that tradition continues on this site with excellent new handyman content into the future.
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