How hard can it be to install a washing machine? You don't even need any special tools! Just follow these steps and you'll be able to have your own washing machine up and running in no time.
Before you begin, make sure to read the instructions that came with your washer. If you have any questions about installation, check the manufacturer's website or call a professional for advice.
While you're at it, check out what other owners have been saying about your machine—you might get some handy tips from other people who've already been through the process!
First things first: what do you need to install a washing machine?
The location of your washing machine is important, and there are a few things to keep in mind before deciding where it goes.
First off, you'll want to make sure that you can easily access the washer for loading and unloading it.
You'll also need to consider where any pipes leading outwards from the drain pipe will run: if they're too far away from where they should be connected, there may be issues with drainage; if they're too close together, they might get tangled up during use.
You might need to measure your washing machine to make sure it will fit adequately in the area where you plan to put it because washing machines come in a variety of forms and sizes. Measure the doorways it will need to pass through to get to its final location as well. To ensure a suitable fit, keep in mind that you must measure the washing machine's width and depth as well as the space where you plan to place them. This article might help you to learn more about washing machine dimensions.
You’ll need to have a little bit of water pressure to get the job done. If your washing machine is running through a hose, check the water pressure at the hose faucet. Turn on the cold water and watch how fast it comes out. If it has low pressure, you can install a booster pump. This is one of those things that only need to be done once—once installed, it will last for years without maintenance.
If you have good water pressure in general but not enough for your washing machine (i.e., if turning on any faucet sends rivulets through the house), turn off the supply valve leading into your home while you open up a hot-water tap inside so there's plenty flowing out of it as well as down into your new washer's hoses.
Moving the washing machine into position can be a big job. If you have the right person for the job, it’s not too difficult, but if you don’t have a helper, then it could be an ordeal. The washing machine needs to be level and secured so that it doesn't move during operation or when you are moving it around. You might want to invest in a couple of floor protection pads to prevent scratching of your hardwood or laminate floors from the feet of your new appliance.
It’s time to level your washing machine. You can use a spirit level, or a straight piece of wood, to check that the washing machine is level. It should be perfectly horizontal in all directions. If it isn't, you'll need to adjust the feet on the bottom of your washing machine until they are so that there is no gap between them and the floor.
If you still have trouble leveling your washer, don’t worry! You can also use shims - pieces of wood or cardboard between each leg and ground - to make up for any unevenness in space between each leg and ground.
Now it’s time to connect the water supply line, drain pipe, and electrical cord. Make sure that all connections are tight and secure.
The water supply line should be connected to the cold water supply, and then connected to the washing machine. Use a wrench to tighten the connection, making sure that no leaks occur when connecting it properly.
Connect the drain pipe from your washing machine to the drain line that runs from your house. This is typically a PVC pipe, but may be made of other materials.
Check that everything is working properly then plug in your new washer so you can start washing some clothes!
Congratulations! It's almost done!
Now, what you need to do is to run a test run. You ought to be prepared to start a load of washing as soon as your washer is connected. But for the first few loads, it's advisable to closely watch your washer to make sure there are no leaks rather than loading it and leaving it unattended.
As you wait by the washer, look all around, under, and behind it.
Tighten all the connections surrounding any leaks if you notice any, being careful not to overtighten.
Turn off the washer if the leak won't stop, then contact a licensed plumber to check your pipes and connections.
You don't need to be an expert to install your own washing machine. As you'll see, the process of putting in a washer is straightforward and can be done quickly by anyone who has ever put together a basic model-train set.