Getting a new dishwasher can be exciting until it gets there, and you have to hook it up. You have no idea how to do that so what are you supposed to do now? Call Lowe;s and have them hook it up. But how much do they charge?
The average cost of a dishwasher install from Lowe’s is $200. That does not include any extra parts the installer may need. It also does not take into account any extra charge for remote locations. Some stores charge more if they have to drive over a certain number of miles.
Table of Contents
- If You Buy from Them
- The Average Price of an Installation
- Do Not Let Just Anyone Install Your New Dishwasher
- Charging for Delivery and Removal as Well
- Checking the Other Guys
- Just Install it Yourself
- Step One: Remove the Old Dishwasher
- Step Two: Get Your New Dishwasher Prepared
- Step Three: Hook Up the Electricity, Drain, and Water
- Related Questions
- Should I Just Fix the Old One?
- Did Hard Water Kill My Dishwasher?
- Is a Water Softener Worth the Expense?
If You Buy from Them
Lowe’s installation price also depends on whether you get your dishwasher from them or not. They will charge you more to install a dishwasher you bought from Home Depot, Menards, or anywhere else. After all, they want you to buy from them, not someone else.
The Average Price of an Installation
The price above is just above the national average of $189 from Angie’s List. According to that site, most installs range from $110 to $270. But the lowest price was under $70 and the most expensive was over $500. However, if you find installation for under $70, you may want to check their credentials.
Do Not Let Just Anyone Install Your New Dishwasher
You should not just let anyone you find online (or your brother-in-law, cousin, or son) install that new dishwasher. If you just spend a bunch of money on a new dishwasher, you cannot trust just anyone with it because they can damage it if they do something wrong. In fact, you should make sure they are bonded and insured before letting them touch anything.
Charging for Delivery and Removal as Well
You have to remember that Lowes may also charge to deliver and remove your dishwasher. Although most Lowe’s stores will deliver it for free if you spend a certain amount of money, they will often charge for removing and disposing of your old one as well.
Checking the Other Guys
Here are the average costs of Lowes and the top five other appliance places.
|Service||Lowe’s||Home Depot||Best Buy||Walmart||Target||Menards|
|Delivery||No charge if over $299||No charge if over $199||No charge||No charge||No charge if over $299||No charge|
Just Install it Yourself
If you are handy and like DIY projects, you can install that new dishwasher yourself. You will only need a few tools. They include:
- Adjustable wrench
Step One: Remove the Old Dishwasher
- Shut off the electricity to the dishwasher before doing anything else! Then turn the water off at the valve under your sink.
- Remove the access panel from the front of the dishwasher near the floor.
- Take off the old wiring connections in the terminal box.
- Unhook the waterline with your wrench and disconnect the drain hose.
- Remove all the screws holding the dishwasher into the counter and cabinet.
- Remove the old dishwasher by pulling it straight out onto a towel or piece of cardboard.
- Make sure you move the electric cable and secure it, so it does not get moved when you install your new dishwasher.
Step Two: Get Your New Dishwasher Prepared
- Put the new dishwasher on its back so you can get to the electrical and plumbing connections.
- Take off the access panel.
- Hook up the elbow fitting that came with the installation kit by following the instructions on the package.
- Unhook the old shutoff valve from the water supply line.
- Attach the new shut off valve to the new water supply line.
- Unhook the drain hose from the garbage disposal or sink.
- Put the new drain hose back through the hole in between the dishwasher and cabinet.
- Hook up the new drain hose to the garbage disposal or sink.
Step Three: Hook Up the Electricity, Drain, and Water
- Stand your new dishwasher up and slide it into the spot where it goes.
- Get down on the floor and hook the water supply line to the elbow fitting.
- Turn on the water and check for leaks.
- Hook up the drain hose per manufacturer instructions.
- Hook the electricity back up the way it was with wire nuts.
- Turn the power back on and check that it works before making sure it is secured.
- Use a level to make sure it is level and plumb.
- Attach any brackets to secure the new dishwasher to the cabinet and counter.
- Put the front access panel back on.
Should I Just Fix the Old One?
In most cases, you will spend just as much if not more getting the old dishwasher fixed than you would by getting a new one. Depending on what is wrong with it, the parts alone can cost over $200 and if you are paying an appliance repair person to fix it, you will also be paying more than $200 in labor.
However, there are exceptions. For example, if your dishwasher is one of those state of the art expensive ones that cost more than $1,000, you may want to fix it. But then the parts for the new ones can be more expensive than the old one.
It really just depends on what is wrong with the old dishwasher. The average life of a dishwasher is only about seven to 10 years. So, if the dishwasher you have is over five years old, you are better off getting a new one.
Did Hard Water Kill My Dishwasher?
If you have already had to replace your dishwasher once in the past five years, or any other appliance that uses water, the problem may be hard water. If you do not know whether you have hard water or not, there are some easy ways to tell.
- You see white spots on and around your sinks and tub
- The water looks cloudy
- Your skin and hair feel heavy or sticky
- Clothing is rough or stiff
- There are spots on your dishes
The minerals in hard water crate scale and a buildup of mineral deposits inside pipes and can clog plumbing. You may notice your sink or tub draining slower or your toilet backing up sometimes for no reason. Studies done by the Water Quality Association (WQA) show that hard water shortens the life of appliances. Here are some of the results.
|Appliance||Expected Lifespan||Actual Lifespan with Hard Water|
|Faucet||9 years||5 years|
|Toilet||7 years||3 years|
|Dishwasher||10 years||7 years|
|Washing Machine||11 years||8 years|
Is a Water Softener Worth the Expense?
If you consider the amount of money you spend on repairs and/or replacement of all of these appliances, the cost of a water softener is definitely worth it. However, there is more than one type of water softener.
- Salt-based water softeners are the least expensive but require more maintenance and operating costs.
- Salt-free water softeners cost more but need less maintenance and have no operating costs.
- Magnetic water softeners are easy and cheap but do not remove the minerals, it just neutralizes them.
- Reverse osmosis is expensive and only works on one faucet.