How to Install a Washer & Dryer in a Condo


Installing a washer and dryer in a condominium is not significantly different from hooking up laundry appliances in other dwellings, apart from space considerations. Condos typically have appliance connections in a dedicated laundry room or a service closet where space is at a premium. Consider installing a combo appliance if you have a laundry closet. The dryer is attached over the washer to conserve space, and both appliances run on a standard 120-volt electrical outlet. If you have space for full-size appliances, those connections are the same except for the dryer, which uses a 240-volt power cord.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • 2 water hoses
  • Drain hose with clamp
  • Dryer vent hose with two clamps
  • Turn the appliances so each faces the back wall of the laundry room. If you're connecting a combo unit, leave enough room so you can get behind the appliance --- for example, if you are connecting it inside a laundry closet.

  • Attach the hot and cold water hoses to the labeled pipes on the back of the washer and tighten the connectors with pliers. Hook up the other ends to the hot and cold water taps on the wall.

  • Pinch the drain hose clamp with pliers to fit it over the curved end of the drain hose. Place the hose on the washer's drainpipe and release the pliers to lock it in place. Insert the other end of the hose into the wall drainpipe.

  • Loosen the screw on each of the two vent hose clamps for the dryer and slide a clamp over each end of the hose.

  • Slip one end of the hose over the exhaust vent on the back of the dryer and tighten the screw in the clamp. Attach the other end of the hose to the wall vent and tighten the clamp.

  • Connect the power cords for each appliance to the wall, or plug in the single power cord on a combo washer and dryer.

  • Open the water valves on the wall faucets, turning each knob counterclockwise.

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