How to Install a Washing Machine on a Second Floor


A washing machine hooks up on the second floor in essentially the same manner as you would connect the appliance on the ground floor, although additional safety precautions are required to prevent injury in moving the machine and containing a leak if the washer ever malfunctions. Square drain pans are designed to capture the water from a leaking washing machine to prevent a flood on the second floor if something should ever go wrong. You'll need to rent or borrow a hand truck to move the appliance.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine drain pan
  • Hand truck
  • Pliers
  • Insert the flat support on the bottom of a hand truck below the back of the washer. Wrap the webbed lock belts connected to the hand truck around the sides of the washer and buckle the belts together in the front of the washer to reduce the risk of the appliance sliding while moving.

  • Pull the washing machine up the stairs of the building one step at a time with the help of a friend. The person holding the hand truck should be ahead of the washing machine moving up the stairs. If the building has an elevator, use it.

  • Place a drain pan on the floor below the washer connections on the back wall. The pan is square, like the shape of your washer, and can be purchased at hardware or appliance stores. In the event of a washer malfunction, the pan catches leaking water.

  • Position the washing machine in the laundry room so the back of the appliance faces the wall.

  • Lift the washer with the help of friends and lower it into a drain pan so that all four sides of the pan extend above the outside of the appliance.

  • Connect the two hoses on the back of the washing machine to the hot and cold water faucets on the wall of the laundry room, turning the coupler on each hose clockwise with pliers.

  • Insert the end of the drain hose attached to the back of the washer into the drain pipe on the wall.

  • Plug in the power cord for the washer and slide it back toward the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to move or lift a washing machine without the help of one or more other people.

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