How Much Does It Cost To Install A Dishwasher?

Homeowners never realize that the aesthetics of a kitchen relies on the installation of a dishwasher. Although, this also means that sometimes you may need to remove certain parts of the kitchen. To check whether you need a new dishwasher or not, you should look inside the tub of your dishwasher. If you discover that the area is affected by scratches or cracks, it’s a major sign your dishwasher needs to be replaced.


Average Range $145-$970
Minimum Range $85-$370
Maximum Range $169-$3500


The dishwasher became a historical and technological marvel in the early 1900’s. When the machine first made its premiere, it was a hand-powered device. As time passed by, the first motorized dishwasher became prominent in 1929. In fact, a year after that, the first domestic dishwasher came to be. Thus, the design of even modern day dishwashers still followed similar elements of the model first manufactured in the 30’s.


Whether it’s your first time installing a new dishwasher or it’s your first time replacing the old one, you’ll need to know that there are specifications into wiring and plumbing that may need to be changed. All of those changes need to be applied to your budget. Many retailers offer delivery for free but in all likelihood, the installation will be charged.


After about 9 to 10 years, you should seriously check whether you need a replacement or not. Some brands and types have better maintenance quality than others, so some dishwashers can last even 15 years. An average dishwasher, depending on the brand or type, or if it’s new or reused, can be estimated to be within the range of $85 to $3500.



There are quite a few reasons as to why homeowners decide to hire the professionals needed to install your new dishwasher. You also need to understand where your old dishwasher will have to go.


Signs You Should Replace Your Dishwasher

The first sign we discussed is the life expectancy of a dishwasher, which is around 10 to 12 years, but as stated above, some can even last for 15 years. The second sign you should replace your dishwasher is if you see that the parts are rusted. Like all things in life, dishwashers should be replaced if they’re rusty. The third sign to look out for is if there is still water that sustains after a wash cycle.


If the door doesn’t close or lock, that’s stating the obvious, if your door is faulty, that will be your fourth sign. Your fifth sign is if the dishes you’re trying to wash aren’t hot, the whole purpose of a dishwasher is washing the dishes and a properly washed dish should at least be lukewarm. The sixth sign you should replace your appliance is if it’s cracked, that tends to happen through wear-and-tears.


A seventh sign to watch out for is if there is a leak dripping onto your kitchen floors after you use your dishwasher a couple of times. And finally, the eighth sign as to why you should replace your dishwasher is if your dishes come out with spots and aren’t really “clean”. 


If your kitchen appliance is having problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be replaced and reinstalled with another dishwasher. Some of these issues can actually be solved by yourself but you can also find a plumber to assist you with these certain issues. However, keep in mind that plumbers cannot help you fix your dishwasher rather help fix your plumbing issues involving your appliance.


Remember to contact an appliance repair technician instead and ask for opinions and questions to avoid these issues in the nearby future.


One of the issues to consider is if your dishwasher doesn’t clean properly, the solution is to just see if your dishwasher is in a good, clean condition. Look through the parts that are responsible for the specificity of the cleaning process.


Check your strain screen, the spray arms, and door gasket. Homeowners who own a dishwasher clean their plates, bowls, pans, and pots almost every day. Reusing something too many times will most likely cause these problems. Like an exhaust fan, any time a homeowner cooks, the grease and oils are bound to get stuck into the parts that make the fan function. The same concept applies to your dishwasher.


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Plumbing Costs

You’re probably wondering if you need a plumber for an installation job. Plumbing professionals probably have the most experience with installing dishwashers for their clients, whether they’re newly christened homeowners or whether they’re just starting a renovation job. Above all, most homeowners think dishwashers to be exactly the same, that all dishwashers have indistinguishable qualities and features.

However, this just isn’t the case. Especially if you as the homeowner are renovating your kitchen or home, there needs to be a space with all the required systems intact. Hiring a plumber for installing a dishwasher will most likely cost around $70 to $500. There are plumbers that charge a flat rate for some of their clients. On average, the range for the flat rate can be $130 to $150. Most homeowners will ponder exactly why their estimates are so inconsistent. Why is it so low? Why is it so high?


Let’s say you just bought your home and you didn’t like the layout of your kitchen. You, as the homeowner, need to know the whole layout of pipes, drains, and electrical wiring to completely understand what kind of changes you need to make to make your home the house of your dreams. Or you can hire a contractor or professional to do that for you. That is one scenario.


Another scenario to think about is the convenience in location for your new dishwasher. Maybe it just isn’t optimal for you where your dishwasher is currently installed, so you want to make space for where you think it ought to be. In either case, you’ll need a plumber to assist you with these changes and besides installing the dishwasher, the plumber will be responsible for installing new pipes in the new location.


The scenario where the plumber costs less is the simple replacement and re-installment of your dishwasher. Everything is already there for you to install your new dishwasher and you just need the plumber to quickly connect the water supply and the drainage pipes. It’s a rather quick and easy process and it only takes about two to three hours.


To install or re-install new plumbing pipes, the cost, on average, ranges between $600 to $1600. If you want to save a little extra dough, you can install PEX or CPVP pipes instead of your standard copper piping. This will actually decrease your costs by 20 to 30 percent of your original cost for materials.


Electrician Costs

When it comes to the spaces around your dishwasher, you need to keep in mind that there should be around a metre of distance from your power source and the dishwasher. Almost certainly, the dishwasher will be close to, if not, right next to your sink. So the measurement should clear about 50 cm from your water source and the waste pipes. 


Your necessity in a power supply for your household item might require the assistance of an electrician if the space doesn’t close in. The labor costs for an electrician involves the requirement of additional wires or outlets that you may need for the distance of your dishwasher. Electrical work could possibly take up to two hours and the cost range for an electrician is at an hourly rate of about $45-$120. Therefore, the average cost would be about $80 per hour. 


There are quite a few reasons as to why you’ll want an electrician to help you with your installation. Your dishwasher has two different ways to progress with the electrical work, there is the hardwired kind of an appliance and the cord-and-plug connected kind as well. 



Like any appliance or even phones and computers, there are plugs for those items that you can place into an outlet. Certain dishwashers have this option because they want to be able to simply just put the appliance wherever they desire it placed.



The reason there are homeowners who choose hardwired dishwashers is because there is less maintenance that comes with those options. For the owners who choose to purchase the hardwired appliances, typically, they’d rather keep the appliance and repair it, rather than replacing the dishwasher altogether.


The fact remains that hardwired dishwashers are better met with code standards if an electrician is involved. Since electricians are licensed and will have the required permits to continue the process of installing the appliance to their breakers. Besides that, the dishwasher can be very heavy. A standard dishwasher can weigh about 77 pounds. 


Carpenter Costs

Hiring a carpenter involves work being done on cabinets or countertops. Most often, carpenters are only needed when homeowners need a space to be made for the installation of the dishwasher. The average time it takes for a professional installation ranges about two hours. You should also consider whether you’re installing your dishwasher into your kitchen island. Since most likely the work being done will average from the estimates above, you’ll have to think about how much of the budget will go into carpenting.

The cost to install a sink costs roughly $400. With a water supply running through your island, a dishwasher installation will additionally cost $100 to $2000. This really often depends on whether you have the proclivity to customize your kitchen island.


All of this is under the category of which dishwasher you’re deciding to buy. The most common kind of dishwasher homeowners look for is the built-in dishwasher. If this is the appliance you’ve always wanted for your kitchen and this is the kind of dishwasher you’re prioritizing, a carpenting job will release all your stress. 


DIY Guide

There will be conflicting arguments as to whether you can install the dishwasher yourself or not. As stated above, if circumstances such as renovations or rearrangements are involved, it’d be best to hire a professional who’s done the job numerous times, however, if this is not the case, then you can install the dishwasher yourself.


To install your dishwasher, the first step is to attach your drain line to the dishwasher. If you’re unsure what the drain line is, it looks like a tube or pipe. It’s the pipe or drain connected from a water reconditioning unit to the sewage plant. Now, mentioned above, the water supply needs to be sourced into a dishwasher so the installation needs to be close to the sink. So, thread the drain line.


Once you thread it, you fit the dishwasher into your desired space, then attach the matching colored wires and be very cautious that the power is off. Finally attach your supply line and the connector, remember to ask about the connector kit. Also keep in mind that you’ll need a water inlet valve, which I’ll give more context about in the sections below.


Although homeowners opt to purchase their appliance and hire an installer, it isn’t quite necessary unless you have absolutely no clue what or where any of these parts are, go and need to be. Even if you have no idea, the process is simple enough for any homeowner to execute. 


We at House Tipster would also like to reiterate, if this is a kitchen remodel or renovation project, it’d be better for you to hire the professionals needed. This way, you’ll be meeting all of your standards and codes with the necessary permits and by avoiding any mistakes for the future, you’ll be getting the job done correctly and efficiently.    


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Types of Dishwasher

Dishwashers have three different features to consider: size, type, and convenience qualities. No two things are ever the same. 


Dishwasher Type Average Range
Built-In $290-$2890
Compact $135-$375
Portable $350-$630
Freestanding $415-$1950
Under Sink $445-$810



One of the most common dishwashers offered by the top reseller, the built-in dishwasher is the modern appeal for homeowners. The reason that homeowners have concerns about buying a built-in dishwasher is because it is typically permanent as an installation into your home. Say, you sold your home and you bought a new one in the market. Unfortunately, you can’t bring it to your new home unless you decide to pay for the removal.


But the bright side of buying a built-in dishwasher is that the capacity is wide and holds the standard of 12 and 14 place settings. The built-in dishwasher is usually purchased for homeowners with large families or homes with a huge array of dishes and bowls and utensils. Since the built-in is a more accessible appliance than the rest of the other dishwashers, it is expected to have a higher cost. 



In terms of size, the compact dishwasher is as big as what it is named for. The traditional measurement of the standard built-in dishwasher is 24 inches, however, the compact dishwasher is about 18 inches wide in capacity. Often, the compact dishwasher is installed for kitchenettes or smaller kitchens. The homeowners looking to buy a dishwasher within a set timeline and need one quickly, the compact dishwasher might just be the thing you’re looking for. This type of dishwasher also is the most inexpensive option in the market.



The portable dishwasher is sized to be as big as the standard compact dishwasher and is about 18 inches wide, but it has a twist that makes it an expedient convenience. As stated before, the downside to built-in dishwashers is that they’re somewhat permanently installed. But the portable dishwasher can move around and be placed in other locations in the kitchen. This type consists of a fitted drain called a unicouple which you need to connect to your faucet. By doing so, your portable dishwasher fills with water and drains back from the connection you hooked in. Another convenience made for portable dishwashers is that there is quite a selection of larger sizes as well.  



Many of the features that the freestanding dishwasher has is very similar to the built-in dishwasher. The key difference is that built-in units have more utility and more features included in them. Some features that built-in dishwashers have that freestanding dishwashers do not have are the count of spray arms, special wash cycles and the built-in model aims its sprays for murkier targets.


Like the portable and compact dishwasher models, the freestanding dishwasher is smaller than your standard built-in. The reasons as to why homeowners find the freestanding model more convenient because there isn’t any need for carpenting nor an installer. 


Under Sink

Under the sink dishwashers have the same width as the standard built-in models but they can be sized up to 36 inches, if that is the space you need underneath. This type of appliance needs the space for the model to be pushed lower than the regular space in the back. The In-the-sink dishwasher needs at least six inches.


There are settings for about five places for the few pots and pans you have at hand. Many of the dishwashers that were discussed in this article have eco-friendly features included with them, especially nowadays, but the benefit of in sink models is that they use 50 percent less water. The greatest benefit of an under-the-sink dishwasher is that you save cabinet space and cut the distance between the sink and the unit. 


What All Those Buttons Do

Many homeowners have no indication as to what the little buttons on their dishwashers do. They may know what the buttons say, but they don’t really have a clue of what each purpose actually is. A little more knowledge on the matter will give you a better basis of how you should use that convenient appliance in your kitchen.


Heat Dry

There are certain dishwashers that use this function really well and others that don’t use this function well enough. Basically, it’s how it sounds. It uses temperature control to let all the hot air out of the rinse cycle and to ultimately dry your dishwashing items. 


Air Dry

There is the automation of drying your dishes. This button helps you save about seven and a half percent of the energy you use when you turn on the dishwasher.


Rinse and Hold

Do you have a big family? If so, how many things do you wash through your dishwasher? If you and your family members fill up the dishwasher during a single cycle, this is a function you’ll want to deploy at its fullest potential. Pressing this button will stop all that food on your flatware from drying. Using the jets inside your dishwasher, the water shoots and fills up the spaces.


Quick Clean

This function is exactly what the name implies, you just want to quickly clean the current load you have in the dishwasher.


Hi-temp Wash

This button and function gives a bit of a boost in heat to take out those tougher spots.



Before a surgeon goes to operate on his patient, there are procedures all medical personnel need to take, it’s pretty obvious where I’m going with this, right? This button is the germ slayer and the temperature can go all the way to 155 degrees Fahrenheit.


Control Lock

This is the function that makes sure to lock and unlock your dishwasher’s door. If in the middle of your wash cycle you need it unlocked, you simply need to press the button and presto, the cycle stops and unlocks.



If per say you were obligated to leave your house, but your dishes need washing, this button will from time to time spray water so that your load won’t crust. 


Rinse Only

The rinse only function locks in moisture and makes sure you won’t have to start a full cycle if that’s what you’re choosing to do. 


Heavy Load

Let’s say you only need to clean your pots and pans or if you have a full load, that’s the special occasion to use this button.



The delicates this button refers to are wine glasses and fine china. Any item involving the need for delicacy.


Removal & Replacement Costs

Previously, we needed to plan why you’re replacing your old dishwasher with a new one. Whether you’re upgrading, renovating or moving your dishwasher, this really matters to the cost variables applied to your budget. For a very simple hour, a plumber can come inside your home and quickly replace the dishwasher for an average of $75 to $150 per hour. It is unfortunate but most plumbers have differentiating hourly rates. In the competitive market, plumbers charge different prices so it’s best to ask for multiple estimates from multiple professionals.


Any kind of junk removal will be charged and the cost factor as such should be integrated into your budget. For the removal of your old dishwasher, the professional you decide to hire is more likely going to charge you, on average, between $100 to $150. Realistically, the total cost of the removal and replacement of your appliance would cost around $175 to $300. However, there are certain parts of the dishwasher that you may need for future dishwashers of which you’re thinking of possibly replacing again.


Since dishwashers have a lifespan of about nine to 15 years, you might need your connector kit or most importantly, you’ll most likely need your water inlet valve. This valve isn’t the same as the valve for washing machines, the dishwashers have a part that needs to control the flow of water. Without it, the dishwasher won’t stop flowing water into the appliance, so this is an essential fraction of your dishwasher’s whole. The average valve replacement will cost you at estimate, around $80 to $125.


If you decide to hire a plumber, you should ask the professional whether the current valve you possess is compatible with the new dishwasher you’re replacing the old one with. 


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Special Upgrades For Your Consideration

There are many upgrades and features you can choose from. Such is the sign of the future, when the modern age advances and so too, does the futuristic modifications of our simple appliances. 


Hard Food Disposer $330-$1650
Auto Temperature Control $350-$1800
Leak Sensor $450-$1500
Fingerprint-Resistance $500-$1700
Bottle Wash Jets $550-$1600
Third Rack $600-$1700
Wifi Compatibility $650-$1900


Hard Food Disposer

Instead of the simple use of a filter, you can use a hard food disposer. The technology and process of a disposer is by using a systemic blade chopper to completely break the food particles up. A filter simply washes and circulates all that food stuck in your flatware with the water mixing in with those particles. With the cost at an average range of $330 to $1650, homeowners have the choice of making their dishwasher that much more convenient.


Auto Temperature Control

When you wash everything you need to wash, you obviously use hot water to make sure all that dirt and grime dissipates. Although this is the cleaning process to make sure your dishes, plates, and bowls are totally clean, the temperature of water might need to be adjusted. The controls ensure that everything you put in the dishwasher maintains the right heat for the material you’re trying to clean off. The models with this kind of upgrade averages into the range of $350 to $1800.



One of the main reasons homeowners decide to get rid of their old dishwasher and replace it with a new dishwasher is because a leak could spill over. In fact, one of the signs you should look out for is exactly that. With a leak sensor, you’ll be alerted with a warning by your dishwasher if any kind of moisture is detected. This upgrade, in fact, stops all operations and cancels the wash cycle you activated. The range is estimated to be around $450 to $1500.



Every model of your new dishwasher has an arrangement of any finish you want. We’ve all been there, you have visitors over but there’s something you’re trying to hide around your guests. All those little flaws you see around your house are invisible to others but to you, it’s more noticeable than all the nice furniture you bought. You clean up and everything is gleaming but then you notice all of the fingermarks and tracks on your appliances.


It’s tedious to take out all of those cleaning products and supplies, only to do it all over again the next week. Depending on the kind of style and finish you’re looking to apply into your dishwasher, the resistance will be best included with slate or stainless steel. These kinds of finishes on the models cost about $500 to $1700.


Bottle Wash Jets

Although this feature adds more time to your wash cycle, it helps you clean objects with narrow openings. Many of today’s models offer jets to directly target those openings for a cleaner process. It removes all that unwanted obstruction in the way. Those mugs, wine glasses and bottles you keep in your cabinets will conclusively be spotless. Your average cost to include bottle wash jets into your dishwasher will be about $550 to $1600.


If you don’t mind waiting an additional 20 minutes to fully wash away your unwanted filth and you can afford it, include this feature in your model, if it is accessible with the dishwasher of your choice.


Third Rack

This is a feature for homeowners who own a whole stock of silverware and utensils. The third rack for your dishwasher cleans out all those forks, spoons and knives. To include this feature into your new dishwasher, the average cost ranges from $600 to $1700.


Wifi Compatibility

The internet has truly brought our age of technology to a whole new level. With smart wifi capabilities becoming more and more widespread throughout your other appliances, like refrigerators and even washing machines, it’s no surprise that your dishwasher would have the same kind of application.


With the inclusion of this feature, homeowners will be able to look at their wash cycles and the status of their washing. The leak detection won’t just be displayed through the machine, but it’ll notify your smartphone as well. Range of cost is estimated to be around $650 to $2000.


Hiring a Professional or Professionals Through House Tipster

Many considerations go into installing a new dishwasher. Before even making a purchase, you should understand what should go into the process. Safety and costs are the first things to remember pertaining to all of your installations. 


Your ongoing search for information and finding a professional can be achieved through House Tipster. This site is a one-stop shop for both research on home renovations and estimates by local experts. Consider hiring a professional through our site, within the comfort of your home. 


Check out House Tipster, and find the perfect pro for your home repair needs. How Much Does it Cost to Install a Dishwasher? Find out from professionals in your area.


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