So you’ve bought your first washing machine, but now you’ve got to get it working. Free washing machine installation often comes as part of the package when you buy a brand new machine, but if it’s not part of your purchase – or you’ve bought a model secondhand – your first priority, once it’s home, will be to learn how to install a washing machine. We’ve put together this super simple washing machine installation guide for our Matic Mums so that you can get everything set up as speedily as possible. Just follow our directions below!
Washing machine installation instructions
1. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for installing a new washing machine.
This will contain safety advice specific to your machine. Keep the instructions to hand during installation and check that you have met all the safety requirements once you have finished. You can sometimes find the manuals online, as well – just check the website of the manufacturer.
2. Remove transportation packaging and drum stabilization pins.
It’s important not to forget to remove these large metal screws, otherwise the drum of your machine will not be able to spin correctly.
3. Prepare the area where you’re installing a washing machine.
Washing machines should be placed inside in a dry area, on a level floor, close to a water and electricity source as well as a means to drain dirty water away through the outflow hose. Avoid using extension cords for safety reasons, as these can easily overload and become a fire hazard. One of our members of our Moms Panel has this great tip about installing a washing machine: “Washing Machines should not be installed in balconies where there are chances of them getting wet by rain, thus making them rusted and look old and worn out. ”
4. Plug in the machine.
Do this before you connect the water supply, so that there’s no risk of electricity and water coming into contact via your hands.
5. Locate the water connection hoses.
If you’re installing a new washing machine, you’ll find these come as part of extras package, but you may need to buy hoses separately if you are buying a secondhand model, or if the ones you have are not long enough. Some machines require separate cold and hot water supply hoses; other models heat the water internally and only require one hose. Make sure that the attachment at the end of the hose is adapted to your water supply, so that no leaks have a chance to develop. Semi-automatic washing machines often don’t need to be permanently connected to a water supply.
6. Connect the water supply and the machine.
Making sure your water supply is not turned on, tightly screw one end of the connection hose to the water pipe outlet and the other end to your machine. Slowly turn the water supply on and allow water to flow between the pipe and the machine.
7. Position the waste water hose.
The waste water hose will come pre-attached to the machine. You should either make sure that it is fed into the top of a waste water pipe (at least 30 cm above the floor), or drained into a bowl or sink positioned at the same height.
8. Check the machine is level.
If your washing machine is standing at an angle it may not agitate or spin properly. Some washing machines have adjustable feet that you can adapt to the contours of your floor.
9. Run a simple cycle on your machine.
It’s always a good idea to run a trial cycle without any clothes in to remove any dirt and grime that may have gathered inside your washing machine during the manufacturing process. Your machine is now fully installed!