Learn how to easily install your new washer and dryer
When you buy a new washer and dryer, the company you buy it from will often kindly come out and hook everything up for you. However, that’s not always the case.
And what if you get a “new to you” washer and dryer from a friend or buy one second-hand? In that case, you’ll definitely have to take matters into your own hands. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what you need to do to install your new washer and dryer and, importantly, what you need to do to get rid of your old ones.
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Can you just arrange for installation?
Sometimes when you purchase a new washer and dryer, even if they don’t install your appliances for you, you can still opt to pay extra to have your washer and dryer professionally installed. If not, you can look around at what local handymen and women offer.
Getting a good deal on installation
Prices on installing large appliances like washers and dryers can be reasonable, especially if you shop around. Paying for installation can save you a great deal of time and offers a degree of protection against installation mishaps.
Going the DIY route
If you install a washer and/or dryer yourself and you run into problems, such as damaging your plumbing or a water leak, then you’re the one to blame. However, when you opt for professional installation, if there is a problem then the installers will address the problem and fix it.
With that said, installing your own washer and dryer is completely doable, especially with some advanced preparation. Let’s take a step-by-step look at what you need to do to install a washer and dryer yourself.
Step One: Do the prep work
The first step is to make sure that your machines are on a flat surface. Otherwise, your washer will likely start to move when it is spinning.
In one of the more important steps of the process, you’ll also want to be very sure that all of the connections you plan to use are safe. For example, you should never use an extension cord. All connections should be within easy reach of your machines.
Step Two: Check your power
Electricity is your friend, but it can also be a dangerous enemy. Before installing your washer and dryer be 100% certain that the power is off. You may want to use your circuit breaker and turn the power off to the room where your washer and dryer are located.
Think about your cords
Once you have made certain that your power is off, the next step is to determine what kind of power cord you have. Is your power cord a three-prong or four-prong power cord?
Often older homes use three-prong 220-volt receptacles, whereas newer homes often have 200-volt receptacles. Note that some dryers don’t come with power cords, meaning that you’ll have to plan to buy one separately!
Step Three: Read the manuals
While perhaps we are stating the obvious, this is one of the most important steps, and some people neglect doing it. Before beginning, you should read the manuals for both your washer and dryer. If your manual is missing, then see if you can download a manual via the internet.
Step Four: Check hoses and drainage
Next, be certain that you have attached all hoses properly. Everything should be secure. Never restrict waterflow or airflow as this can damage your machines and create both health hazards. Be careful, or you could potentially damage your home.
Setting up proper drainage for a washing machine is quite essential. You’ll either have to use a pipe attached to your laundry sink or a pipe that attaches to your drain system. Standpipes can be purchased, but remember that if you decide to use this option you’ll need a trap as well.
Step Five: Take extra precautions with gas dryers
In the event that you are using a gas dryer, you’ll want to get a professional involved. As it is flammable, gas can, of course, be quite dangerous. Your gas company may be able to help and should be contacted in advance of setting up your dryer.
Electric dryers are easier
While gas dryers are more efficient and cost effective, if you do not currently have a gas dryer setup, then it will be easier to opt for an electric dryer.
How do you get rid of your old appliances?
Now keep in mind that installing your new washer and dryer is only the beginning. Once your washer and dryer are installed, you’ll need to think about how to dispose of your old ones.
Family and friends may want your old washer and dryer
So now you have some old, heavy appliances sitting around. So, what should you do? The first step might be to ask around and see if your friends or family need a washer or dryer or know someone who does.
While this can be a great way to get rid of a washer or dryer, the problem is that the appliances are heavy and will need to be transported. In short, transportation is often a huge hurdle in getting rid of old washers and dryers. If you find an interested party who also has access to a truck and is good at moving heavy objects, then this will be an easy and effective path to get them out of your home.
Charities will expect your old washer and dryer to be in good condition
Donating your old washer and dryer can be a good option. Yet, it is important to note that your old machines must be in good condition. You may discover that your old washer and dryer aren’t as attractive to charities as you may have hoped. Many charities will expect you to drop off the washer and dryer at their facility, which once again presents the problem of transportation.
Recycling companies may accept your machines
Next, you can turn to your local recycling company. In some cases, the company may take your old washer and dryer from the curbside, but this is by no means guaranteed, and this process requires you to somehow get the machines to the curb. Many recycling facilities will want you to deliver your old washer and dryer to them in person.
LoadUp will pick up and recycle your washer and dryer directly from your home
Let’s face it, transporting heavy appliances such as washers and dryers can be a real hassle and even dangerous. LoadUp represents the fastest and easiest way to get rid of your old washer and dryer. We will disconnect and take your washer and dryer directly from its location in your home, safely load it up, and carry it away so that it can be properly recycled.
In short, you don’t have to give your old washer and dryer a second thought when you work with LoadUp. You can focus on relaxing and enjoying your new appliances.
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