Installing GE Dishwasher

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From the previous post, you know that I was trying to get a little more life out of our GE dishwasher. After my wife started a wash cycle last Monday, I started to smell something burning. It was the solenoid. For whatever reason the inside of the solenoid melted and therefore it could not pull the core as it should. The dishes washed fine, but the time had come. We ordered another GE dishwasher, model GSD 2300VWW together with an installation kit (which is a hot water hose connection kit). Note that the dishwasher comes with a drain hose already. The order included picking up the old dishwasher away, but did not include installation ($99.99). I thought I would do the installation.

I needed to cut the power to the dishwasher from the service panel. I turned off the switch labelled ‘dishwasher’, but when I measured the voltage I could see that the power was still on. The closest other circuit was ‘garbage disposal’, I turned it off. This switch turned off the power to the dishwasher. I thought they connected the garbage disposal and the dishwasher to the same circuit, but I found out later that they actually swapped the two circuits. I swapped the labels. The moral of the story: don’t trust labels on the service panel, otherwise you could get a nice jolt!

I removed the old dishwasher. Every part in the old dishwasher was working, except the solenoid. So I removed the following parts from it thinking that they could be useful in the future (if any of it fits into the new dishwasher): the heater, the pump and the motor, the hot water solenoid, and the overflow switch.

I installed the new dishwasher on Thursday, August 18th 2011. There were three connections to be made: the power connection, the drain hose, and the incoming hot water hose. These connections were easy enough to make.

But there is one thing that is not documented that you should do when installing a new dishwasher: put a plastic garbage bag underneath it. The reason for doing that is that sooner or later the water is going to leak out of the dishwasher onto the floor rotting the particle board underneath it.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the drain hose needs to be hanged high enough under the counter to prevent water from the sink going back into the dishwasher. This is important especially if you don’t have an air gap device. Here are few pictures showing the drain hose installation.

100_9015Looking up

Drain hose is the one that arches up and curves to the left. There is a bracket holding it up.

100_9016Drain hose

The drain hose starts up from the right bottom corner, goes up and down to the garbage disposal on the left (not visible).

100_9018Drain hose connection to the garbage disposal

After we installed the new dishwasher, my wife did not like the upper and lower trays complaining that it was not possible to stack as many dishes and glasses. That was too bad, because if we thought about it we could have kept the old trays to use with the new dishwasher. They were perfectly compatible but we never thought about taking the trays out of the old dishwasher. If you are planning on replacing your dishwasher, remember to keep your old trays just in case. The funny thing is that I took out almost everything else out of it. :)

One difference with the new dishwasher is that the motor is about one third the size of the old one. I wonder how long it will last. They certainly don’t build them as they used to.

100_9009Motor

Here is the new motor, and the solenoid on the left in wash mode.

100_9010Hot Water Connection

100_9011Solenoid in drain mode 1

100_9012Solenoid in drain mode 2
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