Learn how to easily un-install your new washer and dryer
Uninstalling old appliances might not be how you imagine spending a fun afternoon, but at some point, your current washer and dryer will stop working. When your old washer and dryer have reached the end of their functionality, or you simply decide to upgrade to something better, someone will have to uninstall your washer and dryer. That individual very well might be you.
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Taking matters into your own hands
Of course, it goes without saying that the easiest and fastest route is let the professionals handle uninstalling your washer and dryer when you buy new ones; however, this is not always possible. For example, if you buy a used washer and dryer to upgrade your old washer and dryer, then you will either have to pay a service to install your upgraded washer and dryer or you’ll have to go the DIY route.
Let’s take a closer look at what is involved with uninstalling your old washer and dryer as well as what you can do with your old appliances.
Uninstalling your dryer – important points to consider
First, you’ll want to turn off all power to your dryer. The next step is to disconnect the vent pipe from your dryer.
Watch for Lint
You should be prepared for lint and potentially other debris to come loose. Keep in mind this can provide a bit of a respiratory hazard, so either hold your breath or wear a mask.
Remember your dryer vent hose
Typically, removing the dryer vent hose is as easy as removing the clasp that holds the hose to the dryer vent. Finally, once the hose is removed, you should check your dryer vent for blockage. It is a good idea to inspect your dryer vent before installing a new dryer. It is not a problem that you want to deal with later.
Dealing with a gas dryer
Gas dryers have one big benefit in that they are efficient. But uninstalling a gas dryer can be a hassle since gas is dangerous and flammable.
Bring in your local gas company
For this reason, you’ll want to call your gas company for help. Whether you are swapping out a new gas dryer or switching from gas to electric, you definitely need to get them involved. If you are removing your gas line, then this is a task that should be handled completely by your gas company. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to perform any tasks related to removing a gas line on your own unless you possess expertise in this area.
The good news is that the gas company is usually pretty good about coming out to your house in an expedient manner. This makes sense, as they don’t want hazardous gas leaks either!
Uninstalling your washer – important points to consider
Uninstalling a washer is far less dangerous and complex than uninstalling a gas dryer. With that stated, however, it is important to remember that if you want a trouble free uninstall, you’ll want to carefully follow several key steps.
First, let the washer run for a wash cycle and a spin cycle to ensure that there is no water in the washer. Water is heavy and obviously messy. It is in your best interest to remove as much water as possible from your machine before proceeding.
Always turn off the water
Next, you’ll want turn off the water running into the washer. You’ll only forget step two one time! Be sure that you have turned off both the hot and cold water faucets and disconnected the piping running into the machine.
The hot and cold water hoses are designed to be stored inside your washing machine. This is a great design feature as it makes transporting your washer easier and safer.
Check for damage
In the last step, check your washing machine for any damage before attempting to move it. Importantly, you’ll want to look for areas where metal has become damaged, as this can lead to injury.
Time to find a good friend
Additionally, it is important to note that this task is very difficult, and sometimes even dangerous, for an inexperienced person to attempt on his or her own. You probably don’t want to even try transporting a washer or dryer without some back up assistance.
For most people and most situations, this is a two-person job. So you’ll want to enlist a friend to help you, and preferably a friend who is big and strong.
Obtain the right supplies
A dolly with straps
Few people are large enough and strong enough to pick up, move, or carry a washer or dryer. A sturdy appliance dolly is a must for this endeavor.
Appliance dollies usually come with straps for holding appliances in place. Using the straps is a very prudent idea and can reduce the risk of injury.
Get some tough gloves
You’ll need additional supplies when moving a washer or dryer, such as a good pair of gloves with excellent grip surfaces. The last thing you want when you are trying to move a heavy and bulky appliance is to lose your grip.
Moving your appliances
Getting your washer or dryer onto the dolly is part of the battle, but the war is far from over. Once you have your washer or dryer on the dolly, you have to exercise considerable caution. Moving appliances comes with a degree of risk. It is possible to get injured in a variety of ways, and some of those ways can be very serious and include broken bones.
Clear the path
Likewise, you may damage your home or objects within it when moving a large appliance. More than one person has sadly ended up with a hole or a giant dent in a wall.
It is a good idea to walk the path you’ll be taking when moving your washer and dryer in advance to look for items that should be moved or that could be damaged.
Don’t forget to clean up
Finally, be prepared to do a lot of clean up after you’ve moved your washer and dryer. The area under your washer and dryer will likely be dirty and will contain at least some lint.
Let LoadUp move Your old washer and dryer
Moving any appliance, especially large ones like refrigerators or washers and dryers, comes with a degree of risk to both your person and property. Opting to work with professionals, such as LoadUp, is a savvy move.
Appliances are not just heavy and awkward, but they can also be dangerous and involve the use of utilities like electricity, water and gas. In short, the disconnection of washers and dryers is something best left to the pros. LoadUp will uninstall your washer and dryer at no extra charge.
The simple fact is that if you are looking for a fast, trouble-free, and efficient way to get rid of your old washer and dryer, then LoadUp is an excellent option. Why risk injury and spend countless hours working to uninstall and remove your washer and dryer when the experts at LoadUp can do it for you?
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