How to install a washing machine at home?
It’s not as complicated as it is made out to be
When it comes to a washing machine, what was once considered a luxury is today viewed as a necessity. It is an investment that adds value to your home apart from making your life easier. In fact, washing machines are relatively effortless to install because of their limited features. However, if you're unsure and need a guide to turn to, we have you covered with a couple of handy steps
How to install a washing machine at home
Plan the location
Choosing a suitable location isn't difficult if you plan to replace an existing washing machine with a new one. Make sure the new washer fits the space by measuring it first. You must, however, plan a location for the appliance if you're moving into a new house or renovating the laundry room. It is imperative to have a suitable outlet for the drain line, along with hot and cold water supply valves for the washer.
Disconnect the old washing machine
Installing a new washing machine requires removing the old machine from the laundry room and disconnecting it. Once the washer is unplugged, unscrew the existing water supply hoses and place their ends in a bucket to drain any remaining water.
The drain line should also be removed and placed in the bucket to drain any remaining water. Disconnect the washing machine's water supply and drain lines once they are empty.
Prepare your new washing machine
Measure your new unit and prepare it before you begin plugging it in. Ensure that the dry area for the washing machine has a clean, levelled, hard floor, an electrical outlet, and cold and hot water connections.
Slide the machine into the position
Clean out any debris or obstructions from the area where you will install the new washing machine. After clearing it, gently slide the washing machine into place. To prevent it from scratching or scraping the floor, have a second adult assist you in moving the heavy appliance.
Connect water supply hoses
To wash laundry, you should have access to a water source near the machine. The washer will usually have a connection for cold and hot water. The water supply hose should be connected to the cold and hot water intake. If necessary, tighten the connection using an adjustable wrench.
Setup drain hose
You need to connect a hose to the washing machine's drain that exits from its base to avoid flooding your laundry room. The drain hose should be connected to the washing machine's back and then channelled to a drainage location.
Make sure the drain hose empties properly into the floor drain, sink, or standpipe with a plastic hose guide. Also, ensure that the drain hose is at least several inches away from the drain or sink bottom. Bear in mind that dirty water can flow back into the washer through the hose, causing cross-contamination.
Plug in the washing machine
Water should not drip on the electrical connection when you have finished connecting the water supply and drain hoses. Ensure that the water supply and drain hose has plenty of space between the machine and the wall as you slide it back against the wall.
Level up the washing machine
Small, levelling feet are typically provided under each corner of washers to level out with slight adjustments. By adjusting one corner at a time, you can level the machine. Be sure that both the left and right sides of the washer are level. During a heavy washing cycle, or a spin cycle, the drum may hit the sides of the washer if the washing machine is not adjusted well.
Test the washing machine
Once installed, ensure everything is connected properly before using it. It is very easy and quick to install a washing machine with the right plumbing. With a few easy steps, you can save your installation charges.
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