In general, most homes have a built-in dishwasher, and it is mounted near the sink permanently. While it is apparently a convenient way of maintaining cleanliness, not all homes are equipped with great facilities.
Some homes will come up with a portable dishwasher. If you have one such portable dishwasher, connecting it with the pull-out faucet can be a real headache unless you know the process properly.
Here, we present you with the easiest guideline on how to hook up a portable dishwasher to a pull-out faucet for the best dishwashing experience.
You have to loosen the faucet’s sprout connected with the kitchen sink. After that, find the special faucet adapter of the portable dishwasher (usually comes within the package) and connect it with the threaded sprout of the pull-out faucet. Finally, you may place the portable dishwasher on the kitchen sink.
This process is said it needs minimal plumbing skills on your per. We will show you how to accomplish the process easily and conveniently.
What Is a Pull-Out Faucet and Why Use Portable Dishwasher?
Before we get to the main point, let’s clarify a few confusions that may arise in your mind regarding the setup process.
First off, what does the pull-out faucet mean?
It refers to a faucet head or sprayer that you can pull towards you for cleaning or other watering purposes. It has a longer hose compared to the pull-down faucet. Hence, swiveling the faucet hose will become easier to clean dishes, kitchen utensils, and even the countertops.
It is suitable for small spaces or if you have a higher countertop design in the kitchen.
Using a lightweight dishwasher that has portability along with a pull-out kitchen faucet brings several benefits for cooks and kitchen users. Firstly, many old homes actually don’t have a built-in dishwasher sink in their kitchen. A built-in dishwasher is a permanent plumbing installation.
The portable dishwasher is easily usable unless your kitchen has a built-in placement for it. You can quickly hook it with the pull-out faucet. It will enable you to get the best advantages of the conventional dishwasher but without connecting it with the home plumbing system. Therefore, it is both a time and money-saving investment.
Also, you can store the portable dishwasher when not in use. Thus, it also works as a space saver tool.
How to Hook Up A Portable Dishwasher to A Pull-Out Faucet
If you have the portable dishwasher and pull-out faucet ready at home, you may begin the hooking-up process of the two units. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to hook up the faucet adapter with the dishwasher. Also, it doesn’t ask you to be a professional plumber to accomplish the process at hand.
Step 1: Unscrew and Unpack the Kitchen Faucet Aerator
The aerator will be connected with the kitchen sink sprout. You have to loosen the aerator carefully. At first, hold the faucet spout with one hand and try to loosen the aerator with your dominating hand. It should be loosened at ease.
Nonetheless, you may use a set of pliers to loosen the aerator from the sink faucet sprout. Carefully unscrew the faucet aerator and store it in an easily accessible place. It will help you find the aerator quickly when you need to fasten it again with the sprout.
Step 2: Connecting the Special Portable Faucet Aerator
A portable dishwasher package includes a special faucet aerator. This aerator actually permits you to connect the portable dishwasher with the kitchen faucet and run water on the portable and lightweight kitchen dishwasher. So, you can clean the dishes and other utensils on it quickly and conveniently.
Find the threaded part of the faucet sprout on your home kitchen valve. Now, screw the adapter with it. You should use a power screwdriver or an adjustable wrench set to securely attach a special aerator with the faucet. Make sure the screw has a snug fit.
If you find the aerator fitting loose or inappropriate, you should find the cause and troubleshot it with immediate effect. You should start by checking either side of the sprout and adapter connection and make sure these attachments have proper stripping.
When you see or notice any damage around the adapter connections, consult the manufacturer to know whether or not they will replace the damaged aerator or connection point.
After you have successfully and snuggly connected the special faucet aerator, it is time to run the hot water faucet carefully. Allow the hot water to run on the kitchen sink until you feel the heat when you touch it. Then, switch off the hot water line of the kitchen valve.
Step 3: Placing the Portable Dishwasher
Carefully held the portable dishwasher and placed it over so that it sits right beside the kitchen sink. You have to ensure that it has found an even spot for temporary mounting. Check the underneath of the dishwasher to locate the storage compartment. Pull the water hose from the compartment before you can actually roll over the dishwasher over the sink.
The dishwasher hose end will have a collar. You have to place it directly underneath the special faucet aerator for the best fitting. Now, push the hose collar ring carefully towards the down. As you push the collar down, make sure you slide it on the faucet aerator properly.
You have to continue pushing the collar ring until you are confident that it has to sit right over the portable aerator. Otherwise, the ring will spring back, and you will have to start the process all over. Thus, you must be careful.
Switch on the hot water line of the kitchen faucet once you have secured the collar ring of the water hose. As the water runs through the hose, check for any leaks. When you observe any leakage, turn off the hot water line and secure the collar ring connection.
Step 4: Connect the Dishwasher and Finish Off
At first, make sure that you have placed the dishwasher hose collar properly over the aerator or adapter. Also, make sure there’s no potential leakage. After that, find the closest power outlet and connect the portable dishwasher with it.
Switch on the system to load the dishwasher. Also, choose your preferred cleaning cycle.
Before you use the dishwasher for cleaning purposes, it is suggested that you give the entire setup a test run. It would help you determine the right water flow. Also, observe whether or not the used water is recycled back to the main kitchen sink through the hose.
What to Consider While Getting the Portable Dishwasher
- Firstly, check the settings of the dishwasher. Many portable dishwashers come with numerous benefits of built-in and permanent setups. It will be a good bonus for you.
- Although the dishwasher is portable, never ignore its size. The ideal size of the portable dishwasher is 18” X36” X26” (WXTXD). The key is to get a dishwasher that you can easily store when not in use.
- Consider the amount of sound the dishwasher generates. You should pick one with the least noise to avoid inconvenience. A quiet portable dishwasher should generate sound less or around 55dB and not more.
This is the end of today’s tutorial on how to hook up a portable dishwasher to a pull-out faucet. The key is to connect the special aerator of the dishwasher correctly with the kitchen sink sprout and establish a leakage-free attachment.
The portable dishwasher lets you clean the dishes and other utensils in the kitchen with ease. Also, its storage facility saves space in the kitchen as well. Nonetheless, make sure the dishwasher is neat and clean before you store it. It will prolong its lifespan.