How to install a washing machine like a pro!
Installing a washing machine is much simpler that it may seem. If you’re thinking about doing it yourself, you can rest assured that you won’t need any advanced training in plumbing! All you have to do is read up on it and make sure to follow all of the required steps.
Washing-machine installation: a simple connection will do the trick
Are you considering renovations or a new layout for your laundry area? If your goal is to make simple modifications, you can probably make them yourself. If you’re relatively certain that you have the required skills, you can easily insert two T outlets into the visible copper pipes using compression fittings. No welding is necessary and there’s no need to contact a professional.
However, for more complex tasks (for example, if your hot and cold water supply lines aren’t nearby), it would be preferable to take advantage of the expertise of an experienced plumber.
You can replace your washer in five easy steps!
Do you simply need to replace your washing machine? As long as all of the necessary parts are already installed and there are no anomalies with the drainage or electricity, all you have to do is follow the directions below.
1. Connect the hoses to the spigots
The water for your washer is supplied by two short hoses (or a lever valve located on the back of the machine) that supply hot and cold water. The first thing you need to do is screw the ends of these hoses onto the hot and cold water supply valves. However, be careful not to over-tighten the plastic hoses.
2. Connect the drain hose
UOnce the water supply hoses are connected, put the new drain hose in the same place where the previous one was located.
3. Connect the drainpipe
If the drain hose doesn’t empty directly to a sink or basin, you will have to connect it directly to the wastewater drainpipe. Make sure that it’s located at least 4 centimeters (1½ inches) away in order to receive the water that drains out of the machine.
4. Level the washing machine
AScrew the leveling feet in or out to ensure that the machine sits level. Of course, this step won’t be necessary if your washing machine has self-leveling feet.
5. Plug everything in!
VYou’re now ready to hook up your washing machine and put your system to the test. All you have to do is plug the machine into a properly grounded 120-volt outlet.
Abide by all building codes
Before proceeding with any renovations, it’s always important to make sure you’re in compliance with current building regulations. This can be even more complicated in the case of an older home. Complex plumbing that doesn’t conform to the usual standards can make your life more difficult.
However, if your home was built more recently, it’s easy to comply with all applicable regulations. The most important thing is to prevent the drained water from making its way back into the washing machine.
To do this, you’ll need to ensure the following:
- That the floor drain is equipped with a check valve
- That your laundry tub has sufficient volume
- That the vertical pipe is at the correct height
Do you need an experienced plumber to install your washing machine?
Certain more complex situations require the services of a professional. Do you need help repairing or installing your washing machine? At Plomberie Roger Chayer, you can count on expert advice and incomparable know-how. You’ll also have access to 24/7 emergency service. Contact one of our specialists for a free estimate!