Installing a washing machine

Mr. HowToSpecialist December 12, 2011 Comments Off
Installing a washing machine
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This article is about installing a washing machine in your bathroom, kitchen or anywhere in your house. Installing a washing machine is not a complex task, but you have to follow our guidelines attentively, as to get the job done quickly and in a professional manner. Consequently, you have to read first the manufacturer’s instructions, as to get accustomed to the features of your washing machine. After you have read the manufacturer’s instructions you can proceed to the actual plumbing of the washing machine.

In order to install a washing machine, you need the following:

Materials:

  • washing machine
  • water inlet hose (comes with the water machine)
  • washing machine filter

Tools:

  • pipe wrench
  • key

Tips:

  • read safety and disclaimer pages
  • inspect the washing machine before installing it; if it’s damaged contact after-sale service

 

Removing the washing machine packing  and transport bolts

The back of the washing machine

The back of the washing machine

Remove the packing using an utility knife, making sure you don’t scratch the washing machine. After unpacking, you have to inspect throughly the washing machine, as to make sure it is not damaged. If you find the smallest problem, you should contact right away the after-sales service to report the issue, otherwise you risk losing the warranty.

Keep the packaging materials away from children, to make sure they won’t injure by playing with them and recycle them.

Next, you have to inspect the washing machine, as to make sure it contains all the needed parts and accessories (4 plastic caps, inlet water hose). 

If you have deposited the washing machine in a cold location, make sure you leave it at least for 4 hours in the room, before proceeding to installing it.

Driving out transport bolts

Driving out transport bolts

Next, we have to remove the transport bolts by using a pipe wrench. These bolts (usually in a number of 4) are located on the back of the washing machine and have the purpose of protecting the inner components while transporting it from manufacturer’s warehouse to your place.

Smart tip: unscrew the bolts for about 2 inches, as the the removing process is more complex that it might seem at first glance.

 

Pushing inside the transport bolt

Pushing inside the transport bolt

Then, you have to push firmly the bolts inside for about 1 1/2”. Make sure you push the bolts, otherwise you won’t be able to remove them from the washing machine.

 

Smart tip: do not try to operate the washing machine before removing the transport bolts, as you risk damaging the washing machine irreversibly.

Removing transport bolt

Removing transport bolt

After you have pushed the bolts towards the washing machine, you have to pull firmly the rubber washer from the opening.

This might be a little tricky at first, but  we can assure you it is nothing complicated, you just need to pay attention and work attentively.

Smart tip: remove all transport bolts before you can proceed to installing the washing machine.

Covering the openings with caps

Covering the openings with caps

 

Next, after you have removed the transport bolts, you have to cover the openings by installing the plastic caps you get with the washing machine.

 

Smart tip: check attentively if you have removed all the transport bolts. Read again the washing machine instructions, as to follow the proper guidelines.

 

Installing a washing machine

Water inlet hose

Water inlet hose

In order to install the washing machine we need a water inlet hose, which usually comes together with the washing machine. The water inlet hose has to be connected to the water supply and to the washing machine.

Nowadays, most washing machines require only cold water, so they need only one water inlet, but there are also washing machines with 2 inlet valves: cold water and hot water. In that case, you will need to install 2 water inlet hoses, just make sure you make the connection properly.

Installing washing machine filter

Installing washing machine filter

Next, we have installed a washing machine filter on the water supply, as to make sure we won’t face any issues due to the poor quality of the water. Nowadays, the old water pipes could damage our washing machines, due to poor quality of the water. Therefore, we recommend you to install a washing machine filter and monitor it every month, as to know when you have to replace it.

Smart tip: connect the water inlet hose to the bottom of the filter. Make sure the connection is made properly, as to prevent water leakage.

Connecting water inlet hose to washing machine

Connecting water inlet hose to washing machine

Next, connect the other end of the water inlet hose to the washing machine inlet valve. Again, you have to make sure the connection are done properly, otherwise the water would leak.

 

Smart tip: in order to connect the hose to the inlet valve, just rotate clockwise the connector at the end of the water inlet hose.

 

Installing the drain hose

Installing the drain hose

Next, you have to connect the drain hose to the siphon, or the other outlet designed for draining water. Make sure you make the connection firmly, otherwise you risk flooding your bathroom with dirty water.

 

Smart tip:  if you have an integrated water system, you have to make sure it has a vent to avoid simultaneous loading and draining.

Adjusting the washing machine's feet

Adjusting the washing machine's feet

If the base surface is not level, then you have to adjust the four feet of the washing machine to make it stable. In order to check if the washing machine is plumb, you could use a spirit level.

 

Smart tip: If you install the washing machine on a floating floor, you have to place the washing machine on a 2’x2′ sheet of plywood (at least 1 1/4” thick), secured to the floor.

Washing machine installation

Washing machine installation

After you have followed our guidelines, you have to read the manufacturer’s instructions and  check again if you have connected the hoses properly.

 

Next, you have to make the electrical connection. Make sure you plug in the washing machine to a socket with an earth connection. In addition, make sure you don’t use extension leads or multiple sockets.

 

Before operating or doing any maintenance on the washing machine, make sure you disconnect it from the electric supply.

 

Moving washing machine

Moving washing machine

A tricky job is to move the washing machine to the place where you will install it. As the appliance is quite heavy and the door openings and hallways are quite narrow, you have to use your imagination to move it without too much effort.

Consequently, you don’t have to move it by lifting it from the floor, but using circular moves. More specifically, you have to tilt it to a single corner edge and to rotate it towards the place where you want to position it.

 

Smart tip: do not take the polystyrene package underneath the washing machine, as to protect it from scratches. After you have moved the washing machine to the place where you want to plumb it, you have to remove the whole packaging.

 

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