Washing machines are useful appliances that can be easily installed at home. Regardless of the brand or model, most washers come with an installation guide. Getting your washer up and running is usually as simple as attaching the water hoses to the drainpipe . The following is a step-by-step guide on how to make washing machine installation a do-it-yourself project.
1. Find an Appropriate Spot
Washing machines are bulky and require a dedicated space in order to function optimally, so it is essential to find an appropriate spot for one in your home. Choose an area that is big enough to fit the washer but also has power outlets and water hoses nearby. This will make installation much easier. If you are replacing an old washing machine with a new one, simply use the location of the old washer and replace old connections with the new ones. If you are unable to find a suitable installation spot, you may call a plumber to extend water pipes or nearby power outlets.
Tip: Level the washing machine to ensure that it runs smoothly.
2. Remove Packing Bolts
New washing machines come in transit packaging that prevents the tub from banging inside the unit during transportation. The packing bolts hold the tub firmly in place and protect the machine from any potential damage during the moving process. After you put the washer in its place, you will have to locate these bolts and remove them.
Tip: Use the wrench provided inside the packaging for easy bolt removal.
3. Check Hose Size
Some washers come with short hoses that are inadequate for placing the unit where you desire. In this case, you may buy additional hoses that are long enough to suit your needs.
Tip: Measure the required hose length before you buy.
4. Connect Water Hoses
Use water pump pliers to connect the hoses separately with the hot and cold water outlets. Don’t over tighten them as this may damage the rubber seal and cause leaks. Be sure to leave enough space between the wall and the machine for you to work before you put the appliance in its intended place.
Tip: If you are replacing the appliance, you may use the old hoses and keep the new ones as spares.
5. Hook Up the Drainpipe
Most washers come with the drain hose installed in the back. If this is not the case with your model, you will need to clamp one end of the drain hose to the outlet at the back of your machine. After that, you should hook the other end to the standpipe or directly to the drain line.
Tip: To prevent the occurrence of overflow, ensure that the drain inlet or standpipe is higher than the washer’s water level.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, check the level and connect the power cord. Next, run a load of laundry to test for functionality issues and leaks. If everything goes well, it’s time to push the washing machine into its intended place.
When to Call a Plumber
Hooking up a washing machine is an easy task, but you may need to call a professional plumber if you are unable to locate the transit bolts, drain outlet, or water inlets. Failure to remove the transit bolts may damage the tub while the washer is working.
You may also need a plumber’s assistance if you are unable to recognize the cold and hot water inlets or you cannot hook the hoses separately. The appliance is bulky, so you may need someone to help you place it appropriately.