Helpful Tips On How To Move A Washing Machine
You don’t have to be moving house to learn how to move a washing machine.
You could be renovating, or expecting the plumber to service your taps or pipes. You may be getting new tiles laid. Whatever the reason, with the help of this guide you can move that machine to save time and most importantly, money.
- Turn the power off and unplug the machine from the wall. Coil up the power cable starting close to the machine. Wrap the cable around one hand until there is one foot of cable in the other hand. Now wind that one foot of cable around the coil and stem of the coil. A loose, untied cable will always get in the way of trolleys which can cause a wheel to become stuck and throw the machine off balance and incur potential damage to your machine or property.
- Next turn off the taps to one or both of the hoses.
- From behind the machine unscrew the hoses one at a time. Water will be trapped inside hose due to surface tension. Take that end of the hose and place in the sink or in a bucket . When that is done unscrew that same hose from the tap end , and the water will escape into your bucket or sink.
- Repeat step 3 for the other hose.(Some front loaders may only have one hose).
- When the hoses are empty coil up and put inside the barrell of the machine.(Some brands of washing machine will have their door electronically locked, in which case you either turn the power back on and wait until you can push the button to release the door catch, or you simply put the hose/s somewhere else).
- Next detach the drain hose from the spout in your sink, and lower into the bucket or floor drain to allow any water to drain out. When empty it is ready to secure to the machine so it doesn’t become an obstruction. In some homes the drain hose may have been fed through a whole in the sink cabinet and attached to a drain pipe under the sink. A clamp which fastens the hose to the drain pipe (usually a ring clamp) will have to be loosened with a screwdriver. When you unscrew the ring clamp be aware that the waste water will want to flow out so have a bucket or something else to absorb the water so the cabinet doesn’t absorb it.
- Replace the transit bolts, if you still have them, into the holes in the back of the machine to keep the internal parts from moving in transit. (Applies to front load machines). There may be 3 or 4.
- When the waste hose is loose enough, feed it back through the hole in the cabinet and fasten to your machine. TIP: Keep the ring clamp handy or put into the barrell of the machine in case it will be needed in the new home.
- If your machine will be going to storage , you can leave the door open a little once it is in place, to allow some air flow and prevent mould building up.
- This is a general overview on how to move a washing machine, and there may be many different scenarios. Even if you only disconnect the hoses and the electrical cable you have still made it easier for the movers and saved the time they would otherwise charge you, to do the disconnect.If something is too difficult call in your appliance service professional. NOTE: Some hoses may be fastened so tightly to the taps that trying to force them may lead to A) breaking the tap, or B) breaking the water pipe at the wall. Not Good. If it is too tight at the tap DO NOT FORCE IT and risk breaking the pipe (it will be expensive to repair and may prevent you from getting your bond back if you are renting).
And lastly never start anything until the power has been switched off!
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