Turn on the water supply for the dishwasher – how to do it

In order for your dishwasher to function properly, it needs water. Water is made available to the dishwasher through the water inlet, which is located either behind the dishwasher, under the sink, or at its siphon. If the water inlet is not turned on, the appliance cannot draw water. As a result, it does not wash.

When should the water inlet be turned on?

The water inlet is one of the most important components for the operation of a dishwasher. It often happens that no water is available because the water inlet is still closed. In this case, it must be turned on so that the water is available for rinsing. This is often necessary when the dishwasher has been newly installed and the water inlet has not been opened. The same applies to situations when the dishwasher had to be repaired.

The exception is dishwashers that were connected directly to the siphon. But this is rarely the case, because in itself most of the kitchen or sink has an extra faucet for the dishwasher. For this reason, you should always check the siphon. If the faucet is located directly under the sink, you just need to open the cabinet under it and see the faucet in front of you. This is turned on counterclockwise as usual. You do not need to pay attention to any other points.

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Turn on the water supply: Instructions

1. Loosen skirting boards and fasteners

If the water inlet is located behind the dishwasher, you must first move the machine out of the opening. To do this, first disassemble any existing baseboards and fasteners that are either on the side or under the countertop. For freestanding units, this is not necessary.

2. Moving the dishwasher

Pull the dishwasher no more than 20 cm out of the opening. You should now have access to the back. If not, tilt the unit slightly to the side to see the back.

3. Turn on the water inlet

The water inlet should now be somewhere on the wall. You will need to either turn it on counterclockwise or flip it over according to the markings. At the same time, check if the hose is properly seated because sometimes it can come loose. This also creates a problem with the water inlet and can cause water damage.

David Shaw

David Shaw

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