Where is the dishwasher’s transport lock?

You get a dishwasher delivered, want to connect it and read about a transport lock? Then everything is as it should be. Because the transport lock is important so that the dishwasher arrives safely.

Removing the transport lock

It’s understandable that washing machines, for example, are fitted with a transport lock. After all, the drum is suspended so that it can move and is therefore a sensitive part. If you take a closer look at the dishwasher, you will see that the transport lock has a purpose there too. It secures the spray arm, the moving part of the dishwasher, and should be present on every new appliance, regardless of whether it is a floor-standing dishwasher or a tabletop dishwasher.

Removing the transport lock is the first step when installing the dishwasher. You can find out exactly how to do this in the instructions; the system is not the same for all dishwashers. On some, the transport lock is attached directly to the spray arm; on other appliances, it is a screw on the back panel (similar to the washing machine). Especially in the latter case, it is important to remove the transport lock before you connect the dishwasher and slide it under the worktop; forget it and you will have extra work.

Also of interest: Table dishwasher – where to put it?

Transporting the dishwasher

A little tip: keep the transport lock so you can reuse it if you move house or sell the dishwasher. The appliance should also be transported standing up if possible, at least if it is a used dishwasher. Transporting the appliance upright can cause residual water or salt to leak out and get into the electronics – although you should drain the water beforehand, a residue can always remain. And even if the transport lock has been lost, less can happen during upright transport.
Some new appliances can also be transported lying down, but be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions, because if the dishwasher is damaged due to incorrect transport, the warranty will be voided.

David Shaw

David Shaw

Dishwashers expert with over 10 years of experience. He writes articles and shares his knowledge on many sites. Helps you choose the best (portable, countertop, built-in) dishwashers on this site.

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