The Super-Duper and Ever-So-Easy
Do-It-Yourself Guide to Installing a Washer and Dryer
When it comes to installing a washer and dryer, you should know a couple things first. Every laundry room is built differently so all measurements should be done and considered before you purchase any appliances. When deciding on a washer and dryer you want to try to consider sizing and give yourself extra space. Once you have decided on a washer and a dryer read the manual to make sure there are no requirements that are only specific to that brand. If you bought used appliances, you can always find manuals at website like manualsonline.com.
In your laundry room there should be two water lines, some large outlets and a hole or large pipe used for draining. You attach the washing machine to the hot and cold water lines with hoses. The best hose to use is flexible steel braided hoses. However, the rubber hoses will work also. Usually, you will need a ¾-inch hose it is the most common size. But, you will need to consult your manual to be certain of the size before purchasing (some brands just have to be difficult). Depending on your set up, you might also see an opening near the valves, this opening is where water drains from out of your washer, and this is called a standpipe. When no standpipe is available, some people improvise and feed the hose into a laundry sink. Now, when it comes to the dryer there are two options, electrical where you simply plug it in or gas. Gas dryers will need brass connectors and pipe tape.
Here’s what you need:
A measuring tape
A Philips and/or flat head screwdriver
An adjustable wrench
Plumbers tape (optional)
- Measure your washer dryer hook up area. Washers and dryers vary in sizes. This step is always a good idea before purchasing a washer and dryer. Try to give yourself several inches extra to work with.
- Read the directions on your specific set. Each washer and dryer brand has different guidelines to set up or tools needed for an install.
- Turn the breakers off (if you are installing a gas dryer shut off the gas main).
- Level the Washer and Dryer. The bottom of your washer and dryer usually have adjustable feet. Make sure they are both level and the same height. If they are not level, it could damage your washer or cause a very annoying thump.
- Test your water lines, make sure they work and are clear of any debris.Using a bucket, run water through the hot and cold lines. This will make sure that no debris or build up ends up in your machine.
- Check the dryer vent for any blockage or lint (you can use a vent brush or an extended duster).
- Remove the transport bolts. If you have a brand new front facing washing machine you will need to remove the transport bolts from the back of the washer.
- Move the washer near the lines. But, leave enough room to work so you can reach everything and when connected you can just slide it in the rest of the way.
- Check your hoses. Check to see if a rubber washer is inside the fitting (the washer helps to prevent leaking).
- This step is optional. Apply Plumbers Tape to the valve threads.To be extra sure nothing will leak, you can put a little bit of plumbers tape on the valve threads.
- Attach the Hoses. If you are using rubber hoses, attach the hot line to hot water (usually red to red or red to black) and cold to cold (usually blue to blue). Usually the hoses are marked with an h or c or red and blue. Finger tighten the hose fittings from the correct valves to the washing machine. Now, use a wrench and tighten another quarter to half turn. Do not over tighten. The idea is for the hose to be secure but not stripped.
- Put the drain line in.Put the large hose coming out of the back of the washer into the hole, standpipe, or wherever you would like the washer to drain the dirty soapy water. The photo above shows the drain line from the washer going into the standpipe.
- Test the lines for leaks. Turn on the water to test your lines and make sure that nothing is leaking by wiping areas with a towel several times checking for moisture.
- Plug it in and push it back. Now plug in your washer and gently push it back the rest of the way.
Now for the dryer: *If you’re a novice and have a gas dryer, you may want to call a professional to avoid any risk With a gas dryer you will need to connect the dryer to your gas line using a threaded steel pipe then you will apply pipe tape to ensure a tight fit. Depending on what came with your dryer, you may need to purchase and attach a connecter as well. Make sure there are no leaks and then proceed with steps 16 to 18.
- Attach the duct or hosing to the dryer. There are pros and cons to each type of duct. I prefer the metal duct to the flexible plastic. It is more fragile but less lint gets caught in it and it is easily patched with duct tape. Most duct or hosing will come with a hose clamp to tighten it to the dryer, and some even have it built in to the hose. Tighten any clamping necessary to hold the hose onto the dryer.
- Gently push back leaving a work space. Push the dryer almost into place leaving yourself enough room to work.
- Attach the duct or hosing to the vent. Now, attach the other end of the duct or hose to the vent that leads outside. It is important that the hose is secure otherwise all of the lint and hot air will blow into your laundry room. If you are using metal duct, usually it will fit on the exhaust vent perfectly with a couple twists. If it is loose, you can use a clamp or duct tape in a pinch. Make sure you use the right size clamps to secure the duct or hosing tightly to the dryer and exhaust vent. With plastic hosing, a dryer clamp is necessary.
- Push dryer into position. Push the dryer back the rest of the way being very very carefully as to not squish or damage the duct or hosing.
- Plug in the dryer.
- Flip the breakers back on.
- Test each appliance. Test the Washer and the Dryer now that the power is on, to make sure they are working properly.
- Enjoy and Feel free to check out our article on how to make homemade laundry detergent. It is super cheap, has low suds so it works in HE washing machines, and it smells amazing.