How to Convert Portable Dishwasher to Permanent Installation

To convert portable dishwasher to permanent under-the-cabinet unit is not really that difficult.

For the do-it-yourselfer, all you have to have is some rudimentary electrical and plumbing abilities.

This is usually a venture that most home-owners with a couple of hand tools and a little skill in using them can perform successfully.

Below, are a few things to consider when you are attempting to convert a portable dishwasher for permanent installation in your kitchen.

Electric Power Supply

According to National Electric Code section 210.23 and standard local electrical codes, dishwashers do not meet the criteria as fixed-in-place kitchen appliances; because of this, they do not need to have a devoted branch circuit run to their location.

A portable dishwasher can be plug-and-cord-connected and can share a power receptacle with an additional device, such as a waste disposer unit or trash compactor.

Should you install your dishwasher beneath a cabinet, make certain to have a sufficient amount of cord to reach the power outlet.

Plumbing Upgrade

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Almost every portable dishwasher contains a water supply hose that can be attached to a faucet as well as a drain line to drain water into the sink.

In order to convert a portable dishwasher, the water supply and drain lines need to be changed over plumbing connections that will make it permanent.

Before you start converting your portable dishwasher, run down to your local home improvement center or appliance store and get an installation kit, preferably for your make and model.

Once you have your conversion kit, you’ll need to swap out the fittings from the drain hose on the portable dishwasher so that it can be attached to the garbage disposal unit.

If you don’t have a garbage disposal, you’ll need to buy a drain adapter for your portable dishwasher to attach to the sink drain.

Replace the dishwasher water line with the one provided with the conversion kit and connect it to the hot water valve under your sink.

This short video shows you how to convert a portable dishwasher so that it can be used as a permanent/built-in dishwasher.

Mechanical Requirements

What makes portable dishwashers portable are the removable wheels that come with them; you’ll have to take them off prior to facilitate a conversion. If the wheels are attached to the bottom of your dishwasher, remove them prior to installing the dishwasher under the sink.

Don’t fret, this is pretty simple. A simple inspection of the casters should show you what you need to do to remove them. Most likely, you will have to remove four screws at each wheel mount to

Some Exceptions

Not all portable dishwashers can be easily converted to under-the-counter appliances. For models that have the control panel mounted on the top, they can not be converted to be installed under your kitchen counter. The obvious reason is that you won’t be able to access the controls to run the dishwasher.

Unless you are truly motivated, you could trim out you countertop and install an access panel, but I think that would be taking it to the extreme. You would be better off just buying a front panel model to install.

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