How to Install a New Washing Machine

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Hook up that new washer like an old pro. Here is how it's done.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose Clamps
  • Washing Machine Garden Hoses
  • Washing Machines
  • Drain Hoses
  • Be sure that the cord to the washer will reach the outlet. If it doesn't, call a licensed electrician to move the outlet or install a longer cord.

  • Check to make sure the drain hose will reach the drainpipe. If it's too short, buy a new one made by the manufacturer.

  • Turn off the breaker feeding the washer outlet.

  • Be sure that the floor is clean and dry.

  • Fasten the drain hose to the washer with a hose clamp. Be sure not to tighten it too much or you might strip the screw.

  • Attach the water hoses to the washer. The hot and cold on the taps and on the washer are usually clearly marked. Red indicates hot; blue indicates cold.

  • Plug the washing machine in, and move it into place placing the drain hose in the drainpipe when you can reach it.

  • Push the washer the rest of the way into the space, being careful not to crimp the hoses.

  • Leave about an inch and a half of space around the washer to allow room for it to vibrate.

  • Turn the water faucets on.

  • Turn the breaker back on.

  • Run a cycle without clothes or detergent before you use the machine to clear the water pipes and make sure the drainage is adequate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place your owner's manual in a plastic bag, and tape the bag to the side of the washer.
  • Never use an extension cord with a washing machine. The danger of electrocution is high.
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