This Is How To Install A Washing Machine On Your Own

There are some things in life that you can’t avoid, and one of those things is replacing home appliances. According to various consumer reports, the average shelf-life of a washing machine is approximately ten years. So, if you’ve gone out and bought yourself a brand new washing machine after a decade, congratulations are in order. But now you’re probably stressing over details like placement and installation. 

Washing machine near wooden wall

However, what if we told you that not only can you install your washer all by yourself, you can also pick out the perfect spot to save space? That may sound a little too good to be true, but that’s precisely what we aim to do with this article. Stay with us as we walk you through how to install a washing machine with our guide!

How to find the right spot

Right, so before you can even think about installing yours, you’re going to have to work on finding the right spot for it. You always have the option of reusing the space where your old appliance used to be. However, you can always rearrange the room to look more attractive or be more space-saving by finding your new, better placement

Having said that, here are three ingenious locations for you to consider:

1. Garage

If your home features a garage, it can make the ideal location for stowing away your new appliance. Another brilliant advantage of setting up the washer in your garage is that you won’t ever have to put up with its sound ever again. 

However, only consider this option if there’s a connecting door between your house and the garage. Otherwise, you’ll have to cart your dirty laundry around in front of your neighbours literally. Plus, it’s best to get a quick consult from a conversion specialist to check if your garage is capable of accommodating such a device. 

2. Under The Stairs

Remember Harry Potter’s little room under the stairs? Well, what the Dursley’s did to poor old Harry was unspeakable, but what we’re suggesting is not short of ingenious. Think about setting your washing machine under the stairs in that little storage room that’s never really put to good use. 

If you find the storage is a little too narrow, think about building out the staircase on the outer railing and voila! 

Elegant bathroom with washing machine

3. The Bathroom

If you’re not in the mood to dish out more money than necessary while saving legroom in your apartment – then the bathroom’s always a good option for setting the washing machine. Plus, you can save up on costs by utilising the existing pipework in the bathroom – what’s not to like about that?

Removing your old washing machine

Once you’ve made up your mind about where you want your new appliance to go, it’s time to bid a final farewell to your old washing machine

Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need to disconnect it:

  • Old towels to mop up water
  • Pliers/Wrench
  • Blanking cap (if you don’t have the one that came with your old washing machine, you can get a new one from your nearest hardware store).
  • A bucket

Step 1

Start by unplugging the wire from its socket and gently drawing out your old appliance from its location. Next, locate the cold water supply and turn it off. Also, be ready with the bucket and towels for the next step. 

Step 2

Disconnect the water hose pipe (generally blue) from the back and drain the remaining water inside the pipe into your waiting bucket. 

Hand disconnect hose pipe from the wall

Step 3

Grab your pliers (or wrench if you prefer) and disconnect the other end of the water hose pipe from the wall. Again, be sure to empty the water inside the pipe into the bucket to avoid watery mishaps

Step 4

Next, it is time to go to work on the drain hose. Disconnect the drain hose from the waste pipe located underneath your sink. Empty the drain hose in the bucket and set it aside. 

Step 5

Lastly, screw on the blanking cap on the pipe to prevent water leaks, and you’re done!

Preparing your new washing machine

Once your old one is disconnected from the electricity, the water and waste supply lines – you’re ready to move on to the next stage of installing your new one. 

But, there is one preparatory step to get out of the way to make your washing machine ready for installation. You’ll have to remove the carriage bolts (aka transit bolts) from the back before you can install it. 

Carriage bolts help the drum stay in place while the washing machine is being transported. These bolts are typically four in number, and removing them requires you to unscrew them.

Man preparing his new washing machine

Step-by-step guide: How to install a washing machine

It’s time for your new washing machine installation to begin! Here’s the step-by-step guide we promised you. 

Step 1

The hoses that’ll work with your new washing machine are generally inside its drum – so all you need to do is open the door to locate them. Next, grab the cold water pipe and screw the connector to the relevant attachment on your machine (located on the back of the washing machine). 

Also, be sure to check whether the pipe comes equipped with a rubber washer because that’s what’ll stop it from leaking when in use. You’ll need to use mole grips for this part. If this is your first DIY venture, mole grips look like the heavy-weight version of a spanner

You’ll also notice there’s a filter inside the cold water attachment on the machine. For future reference, if your washer‘s water supply ever dwindles – you can remove the pipe, unscrew the filter, and wash it under a running tap to get it clean. The next step involves attaching the other end of the water pipe to the water supply by screwing it in place. 

Step 2

After you’ve attached the water supply hose (pipe), turn on the cold water tap to let the water flow through. This water valve test will help you identify any leaks in the water connections before you set about using your appliance. 

After checking the water supply pipe (or water inlet) for leaks, it’s time to get to work on the wastewater hose. The wastewater hose is already attached, so all you need to do is feed the hose down the wastewater pipe with a spigot.

Some appliances come equipped with a U-bend to attach to the waste pipe (aka drain pipe). This helps avoid any blockages from building up inside the wastewater hose. For convenience, you can attach the plastic U-bend to the wall. Next, it’s time to push your washing machine back into its designated space

Man connecting water supply

Step 3

Now, it’s time to check if it is perfectly level before using it. Remember, a washing machine spins at astonishing speeds, and if yours is unbalanced, it could cause vibrations, make a racket, or end up being damaged.

Utilise a spirit level to check your machine’s balance. If you don’t have one, you can check the level by gently rocking the machine back and forth. If it rocks with the motion, check the legs to see if they’re all at the same level. Make the required adjustments to the legs if they’re not. You might need your handy spanner to get this part done right because there’s generally a locking nut to keep the legs stable. Once you’re sure the machine’s legs have been set right, use the spirit level to check the balance and don’t forget to tighten the locking nut once you’re done.

Step 4

Conduct a final check to see if all the pipes are correctly attached, and there are no leaks. Next, plug in the power supply and your new washer dryer is ready for work!

How to fit a door on an integrated washing machine

Before we sign off, here’s a bonus tutorial for fitting a door on an integrated washer.

Step 1

Assemble all the supplies you’ll need for fixing the door to cover your appliance. These will include the fixings and template (that come along with the washing machine), a drill machine, and a pencil. Next, hold up the door to where you’d like to install it and mark the area at the top of the washing machine so that your hole template can be lined up just right. 

Step 2

Arrange the template of the back of the door and ensure you’ve placed it the right way so that the edge of the door lines up the top of your washing machine. Mark the holes with the pencil, and use the drill to make holes that will allow you to fit the fixings on the door. 

Step 3

Attach the metal magnet strips (that help keep the door closed) and hinges to the furniture door. Don’t forget to attach a few metal strips to the appliance to ensure the door stays in place once it’s shut. Next, fix the door to your appliance by screwing it in place through the access points placed on the machine. 

A girl in front of the door of a washing machine

We’ve reached the end of our how-to-install-a-washing-machine feature and hope that you’re armed with all the knowledge you need to be able to DIY the installation. Typically, hiring a plumber to complete the job for you can cost anywhere between £25 to £40. However, that’s something you can avoid now with our handy guide. 

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