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marina
Installing a Washer in Place of a Dishwasher in Kitchen?
marina

I live in a very small apartment and would love to have the convenience of laundry in my kitchen. Next to my sink and under my countertops I have an old dishwasher that I don't use. Preferably I would like to replace this dishwasher with a compact washer. Is is possible to make this switch and use the dishwasher hookups? Please advise, Thanks! :)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Doubtful
1 - Dishwasher and laundry machines are a different size and design
2 - Dishwasher has hot water only hook-up, you will need both hot and cold for laundry
3 - Discharge would need to be changed due to requirements of the machine

If you are a tenant, extremely doubtful a landlord would approve the modification. If you are an owner, then you can do as you please, but you're going to have to change the plumbing and possibly remove part of the counter to fit a laundry machine in there.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

As mentioned you're going to need to do a boat load of research into the plumbing requirements of the new washer and the plumbing codes in your fair city.

Jack
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Jack

You might however consider a portable washing machine such as http://www.walmart.com/ip/Haier-1.0-Cubic-Foot-Portable-Washing-Machine/13346456

Jack

Re: Installing a Washer in Place of a Dishwasher in Kitchen?

Have you considered putting a washer in your bathroom? Of course, you'll still need to investigate, but it might make the plumbing simpler. I believe washer/dryer combos are still a possibility, although they can only handle very small loads.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

The Bosch axxis washer will fit, it is a front-loader, under-counter design; I have their laundry pair. It runs on 220 because of the on-board water heater (has a 142 degree sanitary cycle if desired, does not need a hot water hookup. Ordinarily, it plugs into the dryer, which is of course also 220, and they talk to each other so as not to overload the one 40 amp outlet.
IDK but maybe they make a washer/dryer all-in-one, I think I remember reading about such a thing. The dryer function is the "condensing" style, with no heat element, so laundry does not come out all dry and fluffy and warm. an IDK if that model is under-counter. My washer was $1200 in 2006, for reference. The pair was nearly 2 grand, but the savings on the water and electric bills have paid for them. Uses only 4 gallons for a load; the old top loader used 50 gallons.

aloon15
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aloon15

My parents have been doing this for years. Since it's just the 2 of them, they have always had the washer/dryer combo in the kitchen and no dishwasher. The only thing is that when the dryer is on it can get significantly warmer in the kitchen. Not good when you're trying to decorate a cake (as I learned lol).

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