Electric appliances have a knack for breaking down at the worst possible moments. It’s not much of a problem if it’s something small like a toaster but what happens when you’re dealing with a broken washing machine? With a big home appliance like this you have to choose between repairing or replacing it. If you decide to replace it, you’ll probably be left wondering how to do it and whether you need help from a plumber. Read on for answers.
The “When” and “Why” of Washer Replacement
These questions aren’t as different as they sound. Let’s take a look at some detailed answers:
- Avoiding high repair costs. In this case, consider how much it would cost to repair the new washer you want as opposed to the one that you currently own. If getting the new washer still seems better than repairing the old one, go ahead and replace it.
- Realizing your machine wastes a lot of energy. In this case, it would be a good idea to replace it with a modern, energy-efficient model. Front loading washers can help you spend 10%-50% less than you will with top loaders, but they cost two to three times more to purchase. Still, they are preferable if you do a lot of laundry.
- Age. The average life expectancy of a washing machine is about 11 years, but it’s advisable to consider replacing any machine that is more than 8-years-old. It is practically mandatory to replace any washer bought in 1999 or earlier since they consume a huge amount of electricity. In fact, consumer product reviews often advise the replacement of any washing machine bought before 2005.
Sometimes, people avoid replacing their old machine by performing continuous repairs because they think this is more environmentally friendly. If this is what is stopping you from replacing your washer, however, there’s no need to worry. Steel and all the other parts of your washer are completely recyclable and won’t go to waste.
How to Replace Your Washing Machine
This is something you can do yourself. It’s simple, easy, and rarely takes more than 45 minutes. You can replace your washer with the following steps:
- First, free the new machine from the packaging and bracketing. They kept the washer safe from damage during delivery, but now it’s time to get rid of them. Next, go through the instruction manual to familiarize yourself with the parts and equipment.
- PVC hoses provide the machine with the required water. Use these to connect its water inlet to the building’s special miniature valves. Hoses, valves, and inlets are color coded, so make sure you connect blues with blues, reds with reds, and so on. Modern machines, however, come with only one hose and inlet that are blue for cold. Ensure that all the connections are tight as you go along.
- Next, connect the outlet with the designated pipe that carries the wastewater. The outlet hose will fit loosely into the pipe to prevent dirty water from retreating. It is wise to keep this connection about 2 feet above the ground.
Some washers come with sensitive parts that require delicate handling, so be sure to keep track of them. You should also turn the main power switch off before connecting it to the power outlet.
Installing a washing machine is not hard work. It would be wise to contact a professional plumber if installing more than one, however, as this could make the installation process rather confusing.
Remember, don’t replace your washer on a whim. Think it through, make a well-informed decision, and make sure the new washer is efficient and suits your needs.