Learn How to Install a Washer and Dryer

Learn How to Install a Washer and Dryer

 

A typical washer and dryer has a design life of 20 years. Being too bulky to move, these important appliances come pre-existing in a newly bought house and are in such treated as part of the agreement. However, installing washer and a dryer proves a challenge to many. If you wish to learn how to accomplish the task, this article will be of good help.

A vast number of major appliance stores use their manpower and equipment for the transit of bulky appliances. They deliver merchandise bought from them at your doorstep. However, it goes without saying that they charge for the installation. The idea here is to inform you how to install the appliances by yourself and save that fee.

Whenever installing your appliances in a new place, you might need first to run cold and hot water lines to the washer and dryer before terminating them with the shutoff valves. If necessary, you can control water pressure shocks by installing a hammer arrester. This device goes a long way in eliminating thumping and banging in pipes.

By recommendation, you should keep the water pressure in your home to approximately 60 psi. You can always check the water pressure using the pressure gauge whenever in doubt. If there is any new wiring required, seek the services of a professional.60-psi

Washing machines are designed to operate on a level floor. To make them stable and not to move across laundry during the spin cycle, many washers usually use concrete to make the base, making the machines too bulky. It is, therefore, advisable that you seek an extra hand when positioning your washer. Once it is in place, you can begin the installation.

To avoid running into difficulties during installation, ensure that cords and hose connections are safely reaching their sources. They should do so with ease, without constricting the flow, nor with any strain. Avoid using an extension cord especially on a dryer. Most major brands of washers run by 120 volts. So, your laundry should have an existing wiring.

Before doing the final installation and eventually plugging the machine in, ensure that the power to the machine is off. This can be done using an appropriate circuit breaker. Use a level to ensure that the machine sits evenly on the floor, without any rocking motion. However, this is often not difficult to accomplish as many washing machines have adjustable feet. The step is essential. Take your time with it.

Observe cold and hot connections and attach all the hoses to their respective outlets. You can use a silicon tape for the task. However, many modern machines have water suppression valve. Connect it as instructed in the owner’s manual. To allow for drainage, hook the washer’s drain pipe over the edge of the laundry sink (if you have one). If you don’t, you must utilize a standpipe.

standpipeA standpipe is basically a 2 inch PVC pipe whose upper end is attached to an existing drain system while a trap is installed on the lower end. The trap is usually installed 6-8 inches above the floor level, while the standpipe, is in most cases 18-30 inches above the trap. Standpipes cannot only be bought from the nearest plumbing outlet but can also be built from scratch. Your preference reigns.

From the circuit breaker, turn the power to the washer on. Also ensure that the water valves are on. You can then turn your machine on, and let it begin filling the washer. Observe for any leaks. If none, then your machine is successfully installed.

Hooking up a dryer is relatively simple. There are two types of dryers, gas dryers and electrical ones. Though gas dryers are more energy efficient, you can still use electrical dryers when proper ventilation or adequate gas supply lacks in your laundry room. The energy required by the two are different. While electric dryers require 240 Volt hookups, gas dryers require only a 120 Volt plug.

If your laundry room has a gas outlet, use silicon tape (specifically for gas installations) to connect gas supply to shut off valves. From there, connect the flexible gas line to your dryer. Check for leaks in the fittings using a 50/50 water and liquid detergent ratio. If any bubbles, tighten the fittings until there are no more.

To vent the dryer, attach metal ducting pipe and ensure they are in appropriate lengths needed to reach the outlets. Attach all fittings and elbows using sheet metal screws. Sum it up by wrapping all the connections with a ducting tape. Venting the dryer to an attic or a crawl space may cause molds and mildew and should be avoided.

It’s simple to install a washer and dryer. You only need to ensure that the machine is level, and there is no gas or water leakages. Having known this, you can make the installation a good do-it-yourself Saturday project.