The useful life of the typical washer and dryer is 20 years. These large appliances almost always come with a pre-existing house with the purchase of a home for your family. Nobody wants to move these bulky devices, and it is usually a part of the agreement when considering the purchase of a house. If you need to install a washer and dryer, this article will help you accomplish the task.
How to install a washer and dryer
Most major appliance stores deliver their merchandise sold. They have the crew and the necessary equipment to offer these bulky objects. They, of course, can install them for you for a fee. The goal here is to help you save that rate and connect these devices by yourself.
If you are installing the washer and dryer in a new area of the house, you may have to run the hot and cold water lines to the appliances and finish with the shut-off valves if applicable, install a water hammer suppressor to control water pressure shock. The water hammer discharger will eliminate blows in the pipes. Your home should have a water pressure of approximately 60 psi. If there is any doubt, check the water pressure with a water pressure meter. All new necessary wiring must be handled by a professional.
A washing machine is cumbersome. Many washing machines use legs to make them stable during the spin cycle, so they do not “stand up” to move from their laundry room. These machines are designed to operate on level ground. It is advisable to get help when placing the washing machine. When you have it in place, the installation can begin.
When installing a washer and dryer, make sure that all hose and cable connections can safely reach your sources, so you do not run into difficulties during the installation. Never use an extension cord, especially in a dryer. Hoses and vents should reach their source without if forcing or causing flow constriction.
Almost all the leading brands of the washing machine are prepared for 120/220 volts (depending on the country of residence), so the existing wiring will be available in your laundry room. Before plugging in the machine and making the final installation, cut the power to the device through the appropriate switch in your home. With one level, make sure the washing machine is evenly on the floor, and there is no rolling movement to the unit. Washing machines have feet that are adjustable to achieve this. Be sure to take the time with this step.
- Connect the hoses to their proper outlet, observing the hot and cold connections. It is advisable to use silicon tape in this process. Some modern washing machines have a water suppression valve. Be sure to connect this agreement to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
- If you have an existing laundry, you can connect the drainpipe of the washing machine over the edge to allow drainage. If not, a vertical tube must be used. A water tap is a 2-inch PVC pipe that connects to an existing drainage system. A trap is installed in the vertical tube. The water intake should be 18 to 30 inches above the trap, with the hatch being 6 to 8 inches above ground level. These water intakes can be purchased at the nearest plumbing outlet, r can be built by zero if you prefer.
- Turn on the washer switch, ensure the water valves are on, and turn on the machine to start filling the washer. Check for leaks. If none are observed, the device has been installed successfully.
- A dryer is easy to connect. A gas dryer is much more efficient than an electric dryer, but if you do not have a gas supply and adequate ventilation for your laundry room, you can opt for an electric dryer. We electric driers 240 volt connections due to their high electrical needs. Gas dryers only require a 120-volt outlet. If you have a gas outlet in your laundry, connect the gas supply to the shut-off valve, using silicon tape manufactured for gas installations. Connect the flexible gas supply line to the dryer. Check the leak set with a 50/50 ratio of liquid detergent and water to gas. If you see bubbles around any gas connection, ensure the link is firm, and no bubbles arise.
- Vent the dryer by placing metal conduit tubing, and using appropriate lengths to reach the outlet. Use metal screws to join all elbows and fittings, and wrap the connections with tape. Never vent a dryer to a crawl space or attic. This can cause the formation of mold.
The installation of a washer and dryer is a simple task. By ensuring the machines are on the same level, and there are no leaks of water or gas, the installation is a good project for Saturday, do it yourself!