How to Install a Washing Machine

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Washing machines are easy to install, especially if you are replacing the old one with a new one. Before you buy a new washing machine, measure the area where you intend to put it to ensure that it will fit. Keep in mind that your dryer will need about four inches of additional space in the back for venting. If the new washing machine is going back in the same place, all you have to do is hook up the drain and supply lines, level the machine, plug it in, and wash a load of laundry.

If you are planning on installing the new washing machine in a new location it is important to make sure:

• That the floor is sturdy enough to support at least 400 pounds.

•  If the washer is to be installed on an upper floor of the house, install a washer pan with a drain to prevent damage in the event the washer leaks or overflows.

• Make sure that an adequate provision for draining the washer is in place. Any of the following will work: a 2 in. standpipe at least 30 in. tall, a floor drain fitted with a P-trap or a laundry sink with capacity for draining at least 17 gal. per minute.

•Make sure that hot and cold water supply lines with shutoff valves and threaded hose connections are present within 3 ft. of the location where the clothes washer will be installed.

•You will need a dedicated electrical circuit with a receptacle that is compatible with your washer’s plug within 3 ft. of the washer location. Many local codes require a GFCI-equipped receptacle. Most machines made in the USA operate on 120-volts. For a new circuit, consult with a licensed electrician.

•If a dryer is to be installed nearby, make sure that there’s adequate space for it and that the washer’s water supply and electrical connections won’t interfere with the dryer exhaust duct. The dryer will need its own dedicated circuit.

At My Personal Plumber, we recommend that you hire a professional to install your washing machine, because we will ensure that your washing machine is setup properly for its best performance.

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Sources:

Vandervort, Don. How to Install a Washing Machine. 11 April 2016. http://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/washing-machine-installation.html

Stickley, Aaron. Installing A Washing Machine. 27 July 2016. http://plumbing.about.com/od/appliances/ss/Installing-A-Washing-Machine.htm

Harsch, Cecilia. How to Hook Up Washer Drains. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/hook-up-washer-drains-35046.html.

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