How to Install a Washing Machine On Your Own?
By all means, the washing machine is one of the most essential home helpers. This device has become so accessible and common for a living space that we accept it for granted.
Until the day for the new appliance’s installation comes! At that moment, you might feel like you are in a pickle if you have forgotten to include installation service in the device's final price or don’t want to use the helpful assistance of your local plumber.
But if these options are not ok for you, don’t hesitate to back up your washing machine installation DIY project with the following step-by-step guide we’ve prepped for you.
Tools and Supplies You’ll Need
At first, make sure you prep yourself well enough, too.
For the installation of a new washing machine, as well as for its proper maintenance afterwards, the most common tools and supplies you need to have at hand are these:
- Washer hose kit;
- A drain hose;
- Some measuring tape;
- Wrench (preferably an adjustable model);
- Appliance cart;
- Others, if you need them.
Doubtlessly, the washing machine’s official manual has a default step-by-step installation guide. Even if you decide to count on our article for the process, reading the manufacturer’s instructions is necessary.
They are specially made for your device model, which might have some concrete specifications, including regarding the installation. Adjust them to our guide and make the setting task as easy as a childish game.
Plan the Installation Location
This task won't be difficult if your purchase aims to switch from a retro to a modern washing machine.
You already know where to locate your new home acquisition. We hope you have done the proper measurements to fit the new washing machine in the free space where the old one stands.
If you don’t have a preliminarily set location for the new device, consider it wisely in advance.
Apart from factors such as convenience when using and suitability to the current interior design, you should also consider if the desired spot has the necessary electric and water supply sources.
Unplug Your Old Washing Machine
Let’s imagine you are in the first case – you’ve got a washing machine, but you are about to replace it with a new one. This means the first job you should face is getting rid of the old device.
You should carefully disable all cables and hoses without throwing them away. You might not have any spare of them in your new washing machine product box.
On the other side, make sure to free enough space for the DIY installation job and remove the old device as far as possible. Consider donating or selling it in advance or find the right place for recycling electric devices.
Switch Off the Cold Water Supply Isolating Valve
To secure the installation process, you should, on mandatory, turn off the water supply. On the other side, checking the isolating valve in advance is also a must. These preventive measures will save you lots of problems.
Even though you have switched off the cold water supply, add a bucket to the supply list from above to handle some accidental slips.
Attach the Water Supply Hoses
When you position the new device in the selected area, you should immediately start with its adjustment. The first thing you must do is attach the cold water pipe to the first top outlet at the back of the washing machine.
Screwing the pipe will provide you with a more solid fitting, while the mole grips will make you feel more confident, especially if you are a novice in such home repair chores. While you are doing this, search for a filter. It should be somewhere inside the attachment body.
Remember its location to know where to check for damage in case the washing machine goes out of order. If any leaks occur, be prepared to deal with them promptly, or you risk possible mould formation and water damage.
Connect the Drain Hose
This is located inside the washing machine and is needed to remove the dirty water used for laundry disinfection. This H2O is supposed to be eliminated so that the spin cycle can dry the clothes enough. This drain is placed inside the main device body and has a small outlet for a drain hose.
Connect them precisely not only to support the proper device work but also to avoid any flooding. Unfortunately, the drain hose’s weak fitting to the drain usually makes the washing machine release water on your floor while working.
Plug in the Machine
As soon as you connect the two main hoses – one for the water application and one for its draining – you can confidently turn on the washing machine with no risk of any short circuit or other accidents.
Next, make sure everything at the back of the device is fitted, connected, cleaned and prepped before you do the final action – plugging in the washer and placing the device next to the wall.
Speaking of which, when you put the washing machine at the wall back, ensure there’s enough room for the hoses and the cables to be stuck in the space without being smashed or damaged.
Level the Washing Machine
While you fit the washing machine position straight to the wall, you should also see if it’s at the right level. Levelling the washing machine might be needed if your floor surface isn’t even.
Usually, this happens when you place the washer in a new laundry zone in the home. You might skip this DIY installation step if you replace your old washing machine.
Test the Washer
Finally, you can put some dirty clothes inside your new device and see if you’ve made the right purchase and did the installation like a pro. It would be good to check out all the programs, but it’s impossible to do that quickly as each lasts up to several hours.
That’s why just turn on the fastest laundry program to ensure the washing machine functions fast enough. Look at the nearby zone and see if there are leaks. In case of such or any strange noises, contact a professional plumbing company for some assistance.
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