New Kenmore dishwasher, with legs unscrewed and removed and back wheels at highest setting, measured 33 1/2 inches high. Opening under counter measures 33 1/2. Installers say it won't fit. Any solutions? Thanks
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Re: Kenmore Dishwasher installation
It sounds like you either replaced your floor or your counter tops/cabinets.
Your 2 options are to:
Remove the flooring, (i.e. tile) to the toe kick of the cabinet allowing the dishwasher to drop in. I recommend reinstalling the legs on the dishwasher if you have the room after removing the flooring.
Trimming the cabinet/counter top. This is assuming that you have room to trim.
Shimming the counter top up to raise the countertop up 1/4" to 3/8".
I recommend having the legs on the dishwasher. This helps in leveling. Be sure to attach the dishwasher to the counter top. This will keep the dishwasher from moving.
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Take a sawzall and cut the front legs, pull the dishwasher out until the back legs hit the new wood floor and then cut those legs from the sides. It's your old dishwasher anyway, so who cares if the legs are cut off?
The top of the cut out is 33 & 7/8" Min. to 34 & 7/8" Max (adjustable legs for height)
Minimum space to counter top parent material 1/4" (Top of dishwasher cabinet is screwed in at the top)
Depth 24 & 1/4 inch minimum
Width 24 & 1/4 inch minimum (Allows for 1/8" clearance on both sides)
all dish wahers are the same height
the differance your seeing is that
is has been adjusted to fit your cabinet height
with the adjustable legs
all units can be raised by srewing down the legs
and back levelers
make sure when you do your cabinet measurements you take this into account
take the toe kick off
there in the middle about an inch back
you will see two element nuts
unscrew them pull the element up
put the gaskets on the new element
put in in place and screw it back down with the nuts
The red nut driver plugs are located on the front of the dishwasher under the toe kick. The reason for this is that you need to slide the dishwasher in place before you raise the legs, otherwise you will probably bend or break the adjusting legs. You can raise the legs a little if you need to clear the water and power lines, but be careful when sliding the unit in. If you use a socket wrench with a long extension on the driver it will be much easier.