How to install a washing machine
Whether you’re buying your first washing machine or replacing an old one, you might need help hooking your washer up including plumbing installation. To learn how to install your top load or front load washing machine, as well as any supplies and tools you may need, read this step-by-step guide.
Always consult your machine’s installation manual, since installation instructions, as well as washer and dryer measurements vary. Use this guide as a general overview, but consult your manual for specific instructions and information.
Installing a washing machine:
This guide assumes that your laundry area has the appropriate power outlets, water supply and drainage for your washing machine. If you need to install power or plumbing, you may want to consult a professional before installing your washing machine. See your washer’s installation instructions for more details.
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Supplies and tools you’ll need to install your washing machine
- Drain hose
- Transport bolt hole plugs (depending on the model)
- U-shaped hose form (if needed)
- Hot & cold water hoses with flat washers
- Adjustable wrench that opens to 14mm
- Socket wrench
- 1 3/4" pliers
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Wood block
- Utility knife
Step 1: Prepare your laundry space
Before installing your washing machine, you should prepare your laundry space. If you haven’t already, measure your space using your ruler or measuring tape to make sure your washer fits. Remember to make space for the door in front of your washer if you have a front load washer or above if you have a top load washer.
You should also inspect your water inlets, choose which type of drainage to use and confirm you have the right power outlet for your washer prior to installation.
Installation tip: Leave at least 1" of free space on each side of your washer, though some models require more space.
Installation tip: Use the box from your washing machine to protect your floor during installation.
Installation tip: Water inlet hoses should be replaced every 5 years of use to reduce the risk of hose failure. Periodically inspect and replace inlet hoses if bulges, kinks, cuts, wear or leaks are found. When replacing your inlet hoses, mark the date of replacement on the label with a permanent marker, check that the old washers are not stuck on the washer inlet valves and use new washers in the new inlet hoses to ensure a proper seal.
Installation tip: If you need to adjust the feet of your washer, prop it up using a wood block and adjust the feet with your wrench.
Washing machine installation FAQs
Can I install a washing machine by myself?
It’s recommended to use two or more people to move and install a washing machine due to its weight.
What plumbing is necessary for a washing machine?
All washing machines require some plumbing installation: a water source and some form of drainage. Most washers require both a hot and cold water intake and a standpipe drain, sink or other drainage source.
What do I need to hook up a washing machine?
To hook up a washing machine, you will generally need two water inlet hoses, a drain hose, some transport bolt hole plugs, a u-shaped hose form and some tools. We recommend having the following handy: an adjustable wrench, a socket wrench, pliers, level, ruler or measuring tape, wood block, bucket, a flashlight if your laundry area is dark and a utility knife.
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