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How to Install a Washing Machine
- Fantastic Team
- Published: August 16, 2019
- 9min read
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A washing machine is one of those appliances that no home can go without. Most models are made to last for at least a decade, depending on its maintenance. However, at some point, every washing machine will give in to general wear and tear, and you’d have to replace it with a new one.
But, once you have the new appliance, how do you exactly set it up? What’s the right spot? Is there such? How do you disconnect your existing unit and replace it with the new one?
Worry not! The Fantastic Services team is here to aid you in the installation process of your new appliance. Just follow our simple guide on how to install a washing machine, and you’ll forget about this short inconvenience in no time.
This article is for those of you who:
Naturally, if you are replacing an old washing machine, the new one will go to the same spot. However, if you are moving into a brand new place that is yet to be furnished or simply rebuilding your current home, you should spare a thought on the most convenient spot for this essential appliance.
To find the best spot to install the washing machine, you need to cover a few basic requirements. Of course, access to water is a must. It’s also advisable not to place it on a hardwood floor, as wood materials could get damaged should any leaks occur. Instead, a tiled floor is perfect for the job.
The room should be well isolated and temperatures shouldn’t fall below zero degrees. And of course – don’t forget to provide access to an electrical outlet so you can turn on the appliance.
Before buying a new washing machine, you should measure it to make sure it fits the chosen spot. Washing machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Don’t forget to measure the doorways as well, so that the appliance can fit through them.
The standard dimensions of most washing machines are 85x60x60 centimetres. However, depending on the volume, the dept could vary between 40 and 70 centimetres. It’s also important to have at least 1 centimetre of free space on all sides of the appliance.
A washing machine needs to be evenly levelled on all sides to avoid damages. Most washers come with levelling feet. These are adjustable legs placed under the appliance that ensure better levelling on the hard surface. Turning them clockwise will lower the corner of the washer and adjusting them counterclockwise will raise it. You can use a spirit level to level the appliance properly.
If you’re replacing an old washing machine, you will have to remove it first so you can make space for the new one. This can be a challenge, and not just because the washer is heavy.
For more pointers on how to move a washing machine, check out our guide on moving large appliances:
Now that you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to plumb the washing machine in. So, here is how to install a washer:
To do this, you have to attach the hose to the back of the washing machine and twist it securely. The other end of the tube should be connected to the water pipe. You don’t need special tools for this; your hands are enough.
Moving a washing machine by yourself can be quite challenging, therefore, we recommend grabbing a couple of friends. You will need to place the washer on a dolly to bring it to its designated spot. Place pieces of cardboard on the floor, so you don’t scratch the floor with the dolly.
Now, you need to remove transit bolts. If you don’t, the bolts will interfere with the washing machine’s actions, causing a lot of noise and internal damage to the drum.
The bolts are located at the rear of your washing machine. Usually, there are 3 or 4 of them, tightly locked to your appliance. If you have problems locating the bolts, simply check the manufacturer manual.
Use a pair of pliers or a spanner. Once you remove the bolts, don’t throw them away, as you might need to use them for relocation purposes.
Ideally, the washing machine will reside in the kitchen close to the sink. Your sink should have a waste connection attached underneath. That’s where you have to connect the drain hose. If you are installing the drain hose for the first time, remove stoppers before attaching the waste hose. The hose should be bent downwards. Fix it with a plastic holder provided with your washing machine.
In other cases, you could attach it to a drain in the floor, or you may use a standpipe if there are no draining outlets available. If you’re using a standpipe, you’ll need one with a larger diameter than the hose. Remember that the standpipe shouldn’t be less than 30 cm high.
Once the hoses are attached, the water supply is switched on, and you’ve plugged the washing machine in the power socket, it’s time to do a test run. Load the washer with laundry and keep a close eye on it. Make sure there are no leaks through the whole program. If there are leaks, you might have to tighten the hoses.
Now you have a perfectly working brand new washer to serve you well for at least a decade. With the right maintenance, you could easily extend that period. Here are a few good tips that can help you achieve that:
Some of the washing machine installations are pretty straightforward – just plumb the appliance in, and you are ready to use it! However, certain cases require a professional solution. If you are not familiar with the plumbing specifics of a washing machine installation, a good idea will be to hire a professional appliance installation service. If you have doubts about how to install a washing machine properly, you can always rely on our help!
Fantastic Services is here for you!
Installing a new washing machine is not a hard task, as long as you know what you’re doing. However, bringing the machine in is quite challenging and it’s not recommended to do this alone. And if you are experiencing any plumbing problems, the professional team of Fantastic Services is always ready to help you out.
Have you installed a washing machine by yourself before? How did it go? Share your experience in the comments!
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