by Lucinda Gunnin
It's a wonderful convenience to be able to do your laundry in your home instead of hauling it to the Laundromat every week. If you're shopping for washers and dryers, you might be considering installing them yourself. Installing large appliances like a washer-and-dryer set is a simple task if you have the right tools. In this guide, you'll learn some simple steps on how to install both a washer and dryer for your own fully functional laundry room.
Remove all packing materials. Make sure all cardboard and other packing materials are removed from your washer and dryer. Check your washer's user manual to see if any shipping bolts need to be removed from the washing machine.
Move the dryer into place. Leave about two feet behind the dryer so that you have room to attach the flexible vent tubing.
Attach the vent tubing to the dryer exhaust. Secure the tube to the exhaust port on the back of the dryer with a circular clamp or with duct tape. Slide the other end of the tubing over the vent exhaust port in your laundry-room wall. Be sure that both attachments are secure.
Plug the dryer in. Your washer and dryer both need electricity. (Up-to-date dryers use four-prong plugs. If the outlet in your laundry room is a three-prong outlet, you will need to install a new four-prong outlet.) Gently slide the dryer toward wall, taking care not to damage the vent tubing. You should leave three to four inches between the dryer and the wall, so that the tubing is not pinched or blocked. If the tubing becomes damaged, replace it to prevent your dryer from overheating.
Move the washer into position. Place the washing machine about a foot away from the wall and within two to three inches of the water hook-ups and the electrical outlet.
Attach the water hoses. Screw the hose ends onto the hot and cold water ports on the back of the washer and connect the other ends to the corresponding water spigot in your laundry-room wall. Braided hoses are slightly less flexible than rubber tubing, but they are more durable and less likely to break. Be sure that there are no kinks in the hoses that might impede water flow to the washer.
Attach the drainage hose. The standpipe, which was probably included with your washer, will attach to the water outflow on the back of the washer. The other end can be attached to a laundry drain, floor drain or laundry-room sink. If you are using a floor drain, place the end of the standpipe two to three inches above the floor filter so that you can easily remove lint or debris that accumulates.
Plug in the washer and slide it into place. Be careful to avoid crimping the hoses. Using the level and channel locks, adjust the washer feet until the washer is perfectly level. A washer that isn't level may shake a lot while running, which can damage the washer and cause unnecessary wear and tear.
Test your washer and dryer. Run both your washer and dryer through full cycles to test. The washer should fill and drain properly, and the dryer should heat up quickly.
When moving heavy washers and dryers, always have help or use a dolly to lift the appliances.
This guide provides only instructions for an electric dryer. Dryers that use natural gas require additional equipment, tools and steps to install.
You may be able to remove the doors on your washer and dryer and reattach them to open toward one another. This can make moving clothes between the washer and dryer much easier.