Install a Washing Machine
When buying a new washing machine you want to make sure it is installed properly, for maximum output and efficiency.
Did you know that there's more to installing a washing machine than simply plugging it in? There are a few steps to follow to ensure your washing machine is properly installed... before it goes a rockin' and rollin' across the kitchen floor.
When your new washing machine gets delivered, the first thing you need to do is remove the transport bolts. The instruction manual will guide you through the process of unpacking and setting up the machine, but if in any doubt the transport bolts are located at the back of the machine and hold the drum in place during transport. Use a wrench to unloosen and remove the bolts. Read through the instruction manual for your specific machine to ensure you remove any other safety measures.
The next step will be to fit the water supply hose/s to the back of the washing machine. One end of the hose is connected to the back of the machine, and the other to the water supply. Now, if you don't have a separate tap for water supply to your new washing machine, you will need to get in a plumber to install this for you. The instruction should also specify the size of any fittings, as these can vary.
Make sure the hose is firmly tightened at both ends using a wrench. It's handy to apply a couple of rounds of plumbers tape around the threads to prevent any leakage. Thread Tape is an inexpensive product that you can buy at your local Builders, and it's always handy to have a roll in your toolbox.
With the water supply connected the next step is to set up the drain hose. There are several options for installing the drain hose; you may already have a connection fitted to your kitchen drain for clipping the hose in place, or perhaps you simply push the pipe down a drain opening. Whatever situation you have, make sure the drain hose is properly fitted.
If you would prefer to set up a permanent system for water from your washing machine to run into the main drain (shown below), you will need a plumber to set this up for you if you don't know how to do it yourself. Experience has also shown that it is difficult to obtain the parts required for manual installation, and you will need to source what you need from a specialist plumbing store.
Before switching on your washing machine, it needs to be level when set in position. When a washing machine is uneven it vibrates as it spins, and this can damage the internal workings. Additionally, your washing machine will not run a full spin cycle if it detects an imbalance. Use a spirit level to check once in position, and adjust the feet to balance out if necessary.
Take a look at the video below for helpful tips on using and maintaining your washing machine.