By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
The dishwasher is a workhorse in most kitchens, and when it stops operating and a repair doesn't solve the problem, it's not a difficult decision to choose between doing without or replacing it. To complete the swap most easily, find a unit of the same size and with the same electrical and plumbing connections as the old one so new work isn't required.
A plumber will charge $902, which includes the labor and appliance, to remove an old unit and replace it with a good quality new one. If you're handy, you can make the swap for $600, the cost of the appliance, and save 34 percent by doing it yourself. You will need basic tools such as adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, a level and a tape measure. Have a bucket and sponges nearby to catch water as you disconnect the old unit, and lay an old rug in front of it to protect the floor.
Remove the doors of the base cabinet and empty them so you can work under the sink to make the drain connections. Before you start, turn off the water at the shutoff valve and turn off the power to the old unit at the main electrical panel or unplug it under the sink.
You might run into difficulty if new flooring has been added, raising the level of the floor in front of the dishwasher. That will require carpentry work to adjust the unit to fit.
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Pro Cost Diy Cost Pro time Diy Time Diy Savings Percent Saved
$902 $600 8.5 10.0 $302 34 Percent
Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
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