Replacing the Washing Machine at Home
The age of the Laundromat is slowly coming to an end as more and more people are purchasing their very own, private washing machine. It’s great having a washing machine in the comfort of your home. You’re able to do your laundry without ever leaving the house, don’t have to wait in line at the Laundromat and it’s free! A washing machine is really convenient, but that’s only if you’ve installed it correctly. After you’ve chosen the best washing machine for your needs (1600 rpm, integrated dryer, all of that good stuff) and brought it home, it’s time to install it. You may need the help of a friend to move the old machine out if you’re replacing it and to move the new one in, since washing machines can weigh upwards of 150 lbs. Make sure you take the old machine to the recycling center rather than the dump, as you probably don’t want to contribute to the landfills that are inching closer and close to your home.
The first step is to unpack the machine itself. Remove the cardboard and Styrofoam that kept it safe during delivery and grab the manual that came with the appliance. If it’s your first time installing a washing machine, or any appliance for that matter, the most important thing to do is to carefully read through the manual and instructions and make sure you understand them. All of the parts required to relate your machine to your home plumbing should be included, but if you spot that anything is missing you should definitely take a trip to Home Depot and ask for the parts. When everything is set you should turn off the water in your bathroom via the main valve if you’re not looking to flood your home during installation.
After you’ve prepared your bathroom for the new washing machine, place it in its spot a few inches away from the wall and look at the pipes that need connecting. Some machines only need a cold water pipe connected, while others require a hot one as well. These are labeled blue and red, and are linked via PVC hoses to the household plumbing pipes. It’s important to check if the valve is closed at this point, as you’re in for a really nasty surprise if it isn’t. The next thing you need to connect is the waste pipe for the dirty water that will flow out from the machine. A U-shaped siphon should be connected to your house’s waste pipe, and the waste hose from the washer fit loosely inside. This will stop waste water from returning to the drum of the washer, while keeping out the nasty smells from the canalization system below. The opening of the siphon where the hose is inserted should be at least 2 feet above the floor and far from any electrical outlets, since splashing and leaking may occur.
After you’ve connected everything, you should plug the machine in and turn the water valve back on. If everything has been properly attached, the machine should show signs of life, and there shouldn’t be any leaks or problems with washing your clothes. If you happen to spot something wrong, try to backtrack and find what you’ve done wrong. If you’re not able to tell where the problem is yourself, then your best option is to call a professional. If you live on the Sunshine Coast, then call us at Todd Petrie Plumbing on 0414966973 or Message us on Facebook as we will get the emergency plumbers for you!