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Free DIY help to install a washer. Learn how to step by step here. Most often, you will move into a home that has appliances installed and ready, as things like washers and dryers are not the easiest of items to move. However, there will be a time when you will be moving in a washer and a dryer. Perhaps it may be a favorite appliance you want to keep, or the previous house owner left you without a washer or a dryer. You can of course get the washer installed if you're willing to pay, but here's help if you want to do it yourself and save some money.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: One Hour

Here's How:

  1. 1. If the washer is to be installed in a spot where the plumbing has not been prepped, you will have to run hot and cold water lines to the washer. Remember to have shut-off valves.

    A water hammer arrester is also a good idea to help regulate water pressure and prevent that awful clanging sound you sometimes hear in the water pipes. The average household water pressure is about 60 psi. You can check the pressure with a gauge. Wiring is best left to an electrician, if the location is brand new and unwired.

  2. Ensure that the floor is level. Get help to put the washer in place as they are heavy. Washers are designed to be heavy so that they do not shift unduly when in operation (especially during the spin cycle). Make sure the cords and hoses are within easy reach of their sources. You do not want the hoses kinked or stretched out and pulling out of their attachments. Avoid using an electrical extension cord. All the cords and hoses should reach their sources easily so there is no tightness or constriction to the flow.
  3. Washers run on 120 volts, so you should not have to run stronger power as in the case of a stove. Always ensure the power circuit breaker to the washer is in the off position before plugging the machine in.

    Ensure that the washing machine sits level on the floor. Use a leveller to check this, adjusting the feet of the washer till it is level.

  4. Next, attach the hoses to their respective hot and cold connections. If your washer has a water suppression valve, refer to the owner's manual to ensure it is connected correctly.
  5. Hook up the drain hose of the washer to a standpipe, or if you have a laundry sink, you may have the washer drain into the sink.
  6. Finally, switch on the circuit breaker to the washer, turn on all water valves and try out your machine. Check for leaks and tighten/reconnect hose connections if necessary. Congratulations, you have installed your washer. Bring the dirty laundry!

    Also see How to Install Dryer

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