Install Washing Machines & Dryers
Installing a washing machine on your own is not too difficult and usually only takes around a half hour to complete. It may help if you have an extra pair of hands to help you with moving the machine, but no worries if you don’t. You are more than capable of doing this project on your own.
Remove all transporting materials
Make sure to remove all the packaging and brackets that the washing machine came in. These items are used to ensure your machine stays safe and secure during transportation, but get in the way when you are trying to install your machine.
You should make sure before you remove all the packaging and transporting materials that you check for the instructions of your machine.
Recycling your old machine
If you have an old washing machine to get rid of you will want to recycle it. You can find out what the rules are in your county by calling your local recycling facility or Garbage Company.
Connect the water supply
Washing machines come supplied with PVC hoses that help to link the water at the back of the appliance to special valves that are connected to the plumbing in your house. Usually the hoses are color coded red is for hot water, and blue for cold water. However some newer models come with only a need for a cold inlet valve.
Turn off the valve
Connecting the waste system
The outlet where the washing machine will release the dirty water needs to be connected to the waste system properly. You should have a stand pipe and trap. This will ensure the dirty water cannot enter back into your machine. Ensure you have an opening of 2 feet above the floor on your pipe.
Tips you may need to know
Turn the faucets on before using the machine so that you can ensure there is proper water flow through the machine.
Always make sure you read your instructions thoroughly before using the machine. Some machines have sensitive electronics and it is important to understand the process of using them before actually getting hands on experience.
By properly installing your washing machine the first time you can help to avoid costly washing machine repairs in the future, as well as issues with your tumble dryer. Washing machines that are not working properly can damage heating elements within the tumble dryer if the clothing is not properly rinsed out and ringed out in the process from all the extra water. It’s important to make sure you have read the instructions all the way through for your particular model on your machine so you are comfortable with installing it.