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Old 09-29-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a new house and I want to replace the dishwasher. Currently the garbage disposal does not work. Do I need to have a working garbage disposal in order to use the dishwasher? I'm sorry I know its a dumb question but this is my first home and I am still a newbie to repairs.

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Not really....it doesn't need to work, but you'll want to put a basket strainer in the sink for sure. if you get build-up in the disposal, the dishwasher won't drain properly. If you are going to install a new dishwasher anyway, do yourself a favor and pop a new dispoal in. they are cheap and easy to install, especially when you already have the electric and plumbing for it

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Thanks for the reply. I really don't want to replace both at once because if I break something I don't want to have to figure out if its the dishwasher or garbage disposal I messed up. It would just be simplier to troubleshoot. I also don't want to spend the money right now. I like doing things in steps.

Why exactly does the dishwasher connect to the garbage disposal and how is it used?

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since the the garbage disposal essentially works as a drain for the dishwasher it wouldnt have to be working. just make sure you rinse all your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
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I really don't want to replace both at once because if I break something I don't want to have to figure out if its the dishwasher or garbage disposal I messed up. It would just be simplier to troubleshoot. I also don't want to spend the money right now. I like doing things in steps.
I understand the money concern, but unless you love working in cramped little spaces on a regular basis, this job is MUCH easier if you tackle both at same time. There is no way that you will be confused as to which is a causing a problem, if you have one. And if anything, your old existing disposal may be gummed up with grease or God knows what, and this WILL cause your spanking brand new dishwasher to have problems. The funny thing about most DIY plumbing is that almost anytime you touch one thing, it seems to set off a chain reaction, causing problems you didn't have before. do it all at once (if the budget allows) and save yourself the headache and backache and having to crawl back under the sink any time soon.

You said you like to do things in steps, but I think the more logical 1st step would be the disposal, since this is a major component of your sink drain. Personally, and speaking from experience, if I were in your shoes I'd wait until I could afford the disposal and do it all at once.

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