How to Install a Washer and Dryer

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There are many simple ways to cut costs around the house, and one of the easiest is to do your own installation. You can even install and set up your own washer and dryer. You will need to follow a few tips in order to be certain that your connections are secure. This will prevent future problems. Follow the guidelines below to install your washer and dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Silicon tape for water and gas applications
  • Carpenter's level
  • 2-inch-diameter PVC standpipe with trap (or laundry sink)

Install your washer

  • Place the washer into the laundry room next to both the water pipes and a 120-volt electrical outlet.

  • Turn the power to the room off at the circuit breaker.

  • Attach the water hoses from the washer to the hot and cold taps entering the laundry room. The hot water is most often on the left and the cold is on the right.

  • Attach the standpipe to the existing drain system. The PVC pipe should be fitted to the existing drain system with the trap 6 inches above the floor and the pipe 18 to 30 inches above the trap. If you have a laundry sink, skip this step and continue to Step 5.

  • Hook the drain pipe for the washer over the edge of the laundry sink if you have one. The water will drain out of the washer and down into the sink.

  • Turn on both water valves to allow water to flow into the washer during the wash cycle.

  • Place the level on top of the washer to ensure that it is level. If not, adjust the feet under the washer by screwing or unscrewing them until the washer does stand level.

  • Turn the power to the room back on and test the washer by running it through a short cycle.

Install your dryer

  • Place the dryer in the laundry room close enough to an electric outlet so you will not have to use an extension cord. If you are using a gas dryer, be sure that there is a nearby gas connection with a shut-off valve. See Tip.

  • Turn the power for the laundry room off at the circuit breaker.

  • Attach the dryer's gas line to the gas shut-off valve. Wrap silicon tape for gas applications around the valve and the line to prevent leaks. Turn the valve to the "on" position.

  • Attach one end of the metal duct pipe to the vent from the back of the dryer with duct tape. Attach the other end with duct tape to a nearby outside duct vent. See Warning.

  • Plug the dryer into the electric outlet.

  • Turn the power to the laundry room back on at the breaker and test the dryer by turning it on. Check your connections and consult the owner's manual if it is not operating properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Silicon tape is often used by plumbers to prevent water leaks when connecting pipes. It can be found in the plumbing section of most hardware stores. Standpipes can be found at plumbing stores or in the plumbing section of hardware stores. You will need a 240-volt outlet for an electric dryer and a 120-volt outlet and a gas connection for a gas dryer.
  • Be sure to shut off the power at the circuit breaker before installing your washer and dryer to prevent dangerous electric shocks. Do not vent your dryer into an enclosed attic or garage. You will encounter water and mold damage.

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