Installing a washing machine yourself?

Posted 11th Sep 2008
Can anyone advise how hard it is to install a washing machine yourself? Into an area where a washing machine was previously connected and cold water only?

I have found a washing machine to buy locally at a very good price but they do not offer an installation or delivery service. It will just about fit in my car but I'm not sure how I am going to install it.

If I can't install it myself will plumbers come out just to install a machine and how much does that usually cost?

Any advice appreciated.
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A clod fill is as easy as turning the tap on and off.....

(Given that you already have the pipe from where the old one is...)

TRUST ME... It isn't difficult at all.....

Just what you need for my dirty paws.....
yep, easy peesy, literally as easy as just screwing the cold pipe onto the back and then waste pipe onto the place the old waste pipe went, that's it!
I have installed washing machines myself as well, its not really hard as PP says you connect pipe to cold pipe and turn on, put waste hose into waste pipe, plug in plug to socket
you dnt need an installer, just undo the one hose and screw the new back in, plug in and sorted, obviouslt make sure you remove the transit bolts and make sure you have levelled it
The washing machine must be level and all four feet should be in firm contact with the floor.

Each foot is adjustable but normally it is only necessary to adjust one of the front feet to achieve stability. Failure to make the washing machine level may affect stability and vibration. Use a spirit level sitting on top of the machine to check the level before use.

The drain hose (hooked pipe) is secured to the rear of the machine by support clips and may be routed to the right or left as required. The drain hose should be placed in a stand pipe with a minimum internal diameter of 38mm (1.5 inches)or it can be positioned over a sink. The height of stand pipe or sink should be between 60 and 100cm (24 and 40 inches). Care must be taken that the hose is not obstructed, twisted or that the end of it is not submerged in water. If the hose is connected with an airtight joint, provision should be made to prevent syphonage.

Both hot and cold water supplies are preferable and they should be between 34.5 kN/m2 (5 lb/in2) and 1034.2 kN/m2 (150 lb/in2) pressure.

The hose having the red end fitting should be connected between the hot supply and the threaded connection adjacent to the letter H on the rear of the machine.

The hose having the white end fitting should be connected between the cold supply and the threaded connection adjacent to the letter C on the rear of the machine.

Remember to insert a sealing washer at each connection to ensure watertight joints. Do not overtighten the connections by using tools - hand tight is sufficient to prevent leaks.

It is generally more convenient to have these supplies away from the sink taps. Where no suitable hot water supply is available or it does not meet these requirements, both inlet hoses may be connected to a cold supply by using two taps, or a Y junction on the plumbing. However use of cold water will only increase programme times.
Exactly sassie... definitely make sure that you remove the transit bolts.

This is very important.
As everyone has said above - its a piece of pee
I always use PTFE tape (from wilkinsons or B&Q) on the hose before attaching to the cold fill just to be on the safe side.
its very easy.

tip - look at how old one is connected as you take it out.

don't stress, its not like gas and you could put yourself in danger. its only water, like your garden hose.

go on, have confidence and do it yourself, think of the money which you can save to treat yourself with!
The wahing machine will (normally come with pipes or hoses whatever you want to call them.... These days they are normally quite long as well....

Or, if the old hoses are still there, you could use them if you wanted too...

Personally, I would rather fit the new ones though!

Now then - what you do is.....

Pop the hoses onto the back of the washing machine - or as its cold fill only, you will only need the one hose, so you pop that on, then pop the otherend on to the tap.....

(Don't overtighten the hoses mind...) Over tightening the washing machine fill hoses makes them more likely to leak because it compresses and cuts the rubber seal.

(Make sure you don't cross-thread the connector and tighten the hose finger tight).

Then turn on the tap and watch! Turn on the washing machine and check for leakes for a few minutes before popping the washing machine back into its place (a little way away fromm the wall to stop the banging and vibration...)

If you have a hot and cold tap, but only a cold water valve on the washing machine. Just connect up the cold fill hose to the washing machine and leave the hot water tap turned off.


Away you go!

As simple as a button!
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