How to Decrease the Noise of Your Dishwasher
If you have a noisy dishwasher, it can be a real pain. It can get in the way of your leisure time, disrupt conversations, and be a major headache. While a lot of new models do come with soundproofing, it doesn’t take away all the noise. Furthermore, some parts of the dishwasher, as well as older models, don’t have any soundproofing at all.
Thankfully, it’s not hard to insulate different parts of the machine and the surrounding areas to cut back on the noise. We at Repair Aid frequently help to soundproof these things but if you’re handy, you can do it yourself. Here is some of what you’ll need.
- A proper Phillips head screwdriver.
- Measuring tape
- Matting (soundproof)
- A utility knife
- An adhesive – any household brand will do
- A wood moulding strip
- A small hand saw
- Dishwasher baskets
So, there is a method for this and we’re going to talk about it.
What you’re going to want to do is open up the dishwasher and use the screwdriver to take all the screws that you find along the edge of your door and remove them.
The next thing you’re going to want to do is shut the door, remove the front panel, and measure the length, depth, and width of the front panel when the door is not attached.
Next, take some of your sound absorbing material, and make it match the depth of the front panel. Cut out the material with a utility knife to properly measure it to fit, and then insert into the panel and replace the door. Secure the door back in place with the screws, and you’re good to go.
The Final Steps
What you’re going to want to do next is take the dishwasher and pull it slightly away from the wall. Take two strips of the soundproof material which are as tall as your washer, and about two inches wide.
Glue them into place at the back, cut another piece which is as wide as the whole dishwasher, and then glue that to the horizontal edge of the entire unit. Then, push the entire unit back against the wall, and this will prevent any knocking.
What you’re going to want to do next is measure the gap that exists between the dishwasher and the cabinet or the counter. Take a strip of wood, and cut it with a handsaw to fit it into the length of the gap.
Next up, cut a piece of the soundproofing material and make it match the strip, then glue it together. Push the strip so it sits between the dishwasher and the counter, and this will block the noise.
So, as you can tell, it’s easy to soundproof a dishwasher when it’s making a lot of noise. You can do the bulk of this yourself, which is really helpful if you’re trying to get the best results without having to involve a professional. Obviously, we are happy to help if you do want that professional touch, but otherwise, have fun doing it for yourself.