All Maytag washers can be installed the same way, regardless of the model. Installing your own washer can save you money and help you brush up on your installing and repairing skills. Maytag washers do not require a special wiring kit, making them reasonable to install on your own with a few household tools.
Things You'll Need
- Securing tie
Turn off the water and power in your laundry room. Turn the power off by flipping the breaker that controls power to the laundry room to the "off" position in your breaker box. Turn off the water by locating the water valve and turning the handle clockwise until it is tight. The water valve is usually located where the water pipe enters your house. Take out your old washing machine if you have not already done so.
Clean and inspect the floor where you are going to place your Maytag washer. An uneven floor can damage the washer or prevent it from working properly.
Carefully slide the Maytag washer into place and remove the shipping braces using a screwdriver. If you do not remove the braces, the washing machine could shake excessively or spin out of control during use, which could damage the washer. If a washer is off balance, the inside of the washer can spin off its axis, causing the washer to shake and slightly move.
Locate the supply hose and the place to attach the supply hose on the washer. The supply hose attaches to an inlet valve fitting on the washer, which may be labeled "supply hose." Attach the supply hose to the washer by screwing it clockwise into place. Attach the other end of the supply hose to the hot and cold water faucets in the laundry room or the laundry room sink. Attach these by screwing them on clockwise by hand and tightening with pliers.
Connect the drain hose to the washer by locating the drain outlet, a hole on the washer which should be labeled. Align the screw holes on the hose with those on the washer. Screw the screws into the holes to secure the hose using a screwdriver.
Connect the hoses to the water waste pipe, or standby pipe, by pushing the drain hose over the water waste pipe. Push the hose over the pipe just enough so it won't fall out and put a tie strap around the hose and pipe to secure it. Do not seal the edges, leaving a small gap to prevent siphoning if the washer overflows or pumps water out too rapidly.
Adjust the feet on the bottom of the washer using pliers until it is level. Place a level on top of the washer to ensure it is level.
Turn the electricity and water back on in the room and plug the cord from your washer into a grounded three-pronged outlet. Let the washer run through a single cycle with nothing in it to make sure the washer is balanced and that there are no leaks.
Tips & Warnings
- Working with washing machines can be dangerous, so make sure you are knowledgeable and comfortable with these tools before attempting this project.
- Always read the installation information on the specific make of Maytag washing machine you are installing.
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