How to Get Your Dishwasher Out After It\’s Been Tiled In

Things You\’ll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Hammer

  • Pry bar with slotted end

... Sometimes the dishwasher gets tiled into place when the floor is replaced.

Sometimes when kitchens are remodeled, the dishwasher gets tiled into place. While this may be a hassle to deal with, there are a ways to fix the situation. When you do get the old dishwasher out, tile the floor under the appliance. That way should the dishwasher need to be moved again, it will be easier. Two of these fixes require only limited handyman knowledge and tools. Tiling knowledge is needed for the last option.

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Change the Height

Step 1

Turn the water off to the dishwasher and unplug it. Disconnect the water lines that run both to and from the dishwasher.

Step 2

Pop the lower panel off the front of the dishwasher. Look for the legs. They are usually a couple of inches behind this access panel.

Step 3

Use the pliers to lower the dishwasher. Remove the retaining screws that hold the top of the washer to the countertop. Lift the washer slightly and slide it out of its hole.

Lift the Countertop

Step 1

Unplug the dishwasher and disconnect all water lines. Lower the height of the dishwasher as much as possible.

Step 2

Remove the retaining screws that hold the dishwasher to the countertop. These are usually located either in the center or on each side at the top of the washer. If they are not easy to reach, open the washer door and try again. Look for the screws that hold the counter to the cabinets by looking up into the cabinet. Remove or loosen these screws.

Step 3

Have a helper lift the counter so that you can slide the washer out. Between lowering the washer and raising the height of the counter, you should be able to get the appliance out. If not, there is only one thing left to do.

Remove Part of the Floor

Step 1

Use the hammer and the slotted pry bar. One end of the bar is curved into a 90-degree angle. Place the claw along a grout line in front of the washer. Tap on the back of the bar with the hammer to break the grout.

Step 2

Pry up the tiles in front of the washer with the other end of the pry bar. Use the hammer to help them along if they are stubborn. If the tiles were installed correctly, they will break as they are removed. If not, they might pop off whole, in which case you can reuse them.

Step 3

Unplug and disconnect the water supply to the washer. Remove the upper retaining screws. Lower the height of the washer. With the flooring removed, you can slide the washer out.


Be prepared to have to replace the entire floor if you have to remove it to get the washer out. Tile designs change rapidly, and it may be difficult to find an exact match.