Learn How to Install a Washing Machine

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Most often, you will move into a home that has appliances installed and ready, as things like washers and dryers and other large appliances are awkward items to move. However, there will be a time when you'll need to move and install a ​washer and a dryer. Perhaps it may be a favorite appliance you want to keep, or the previous house owner left you without a washer or a dryer, and you decide to buy a used model that doesn't come with a service installer.

You can, of course, get the washer installed if you're willing to pay, but here's help if you want to do it yourself and save some money on your moving budget.

Here's How

  1. If the washer is to be installed in a spot where the plumbing has not been prepped, you will have to run hot and cold water lines to the washer which may require the help of a plumber if you're not sure how to run lines. Remember to have shut-off valves. A water hammer arrester is also a good idea to help regulate water pressure and prevent that awful clanging sound you sometimes hear in the water pipes. The average household water pressure is about 60 psi. You can check the pressure with a gauge. Wiring is best left to an electrician if the location is brand new and unwired.
  2. Ensure that the floor is level. Get help to put the washer in place as they are heavy to move. Washers are designed to be heavy so that they do not shift unduly when in operation (especially during the spin cycle). Make sure the cords and hoses are within easy reach of their sources. You do not want the hoses kinked or stretched out and pulling out of their attachments. Avoid using an electrical extension cord. All the cords and hoses should reach their sources easily, so there is no tightness or constriction in the flow.
  1. Washers run on 120 volts, so you should not have to run stronger power as in the case of a stove. Always ensure the power circuit breaker to the washer is in the off position before plugging the machine in. Ensure that the washing machine sits level on the floor. Use a leveler to check this. If the machine isn't level, make sure you adjust the washer's feet until it is level. Double check using a level. If your machine isn't level, it won't wash your clothes properly and may malfunction.
  1. Next, attach the hoses to their respective hot and cold connections. If your washer has a water suppression valve, refer to the owner's manual to ensure it is connected correctly.
  2. Hook up the drain hose of the washer to a standpipe, or if you have a laundry sink, you may have the washer drain into the sink.
  3. Finally, switch on the circuit breaker to the washer, turn on all water valves and try out your machine. Check for leaks and tighten/reconnect hose connections if necessary. Congratulations, you have installed your washer. Bring the dirty laundry!