What would our life be like without a washing machine ? This is perhaps the most widely used and necessary appliance in all houses , so if you have decided to buy a new one and want to know how to install a washing machine, we offer you a simple guide to steps.
Many consumers may not be comfortable with pipes, fittings, and gaskets, and end up calling, and paying, a technician when it comes to installing a washer, but actually installing this appliance the right way is a simple operation. that anyone can do, also taking into account that we will have to try leaks or malfunctions of any kind.
1.The first thing is to have the necessary tools for the installation of the washing machine, in our case a wrench and some gold-nose pliers will suffice.
2. Before installing, you will also have to choose the ideal location, so this first step is not purely technical, although it is the most important step, since placing the washing machine in an inconsistent place could damage both the appliance and your home. The first advice, in this case, is to choose a corner of the house that has a hard and well-levelled floor , a constant temperature that stays at the seasonal average (not where the temperature can drop below 0 ° C) and the adequate space to accommodate the total size of the model you have chosen. The size of the space can vary depending on the type of washing machine you have chosen to buy, but in general, for standard appliances between 1 / 1.5 square meters will suffice.
3.On the other hand, you must make sure that the washing machine fits on its feet or legs so that it is level. We do not always see if the washing machine rests on its feet, which have the function of keeping the product in a stable position and that exclude any irregularities, such as those caused by tile joints. The feet of the washing machines can be adjusted manually. However, to ensure that the weight is stable and level, we recommend tightening the bolts with an adjustable wrench. If you have a level in the house, perform the test to verify that the washing machine is in a flat position; otherwise, adjust it by eye, perhaps by measuring the height of your feet with a meter. levelling the washing machine is essential to avoid excessive noise and unbalanced movements during the washing or spinning phases.
4.Another step will be to remove the safety latches. If you purchased a new washer, there are likely to be some seals or latches on the back and bolts that block the drum, which serves as precautions to avoid damage during transport of the appliance. To remove them, simply use a classic wrench that allows you to effortlessly unscrew and remove them.
5.We have reached an important step that consists of connecting the discharge and loading pipes. The water supply and discharge pipes are the two components that allow the washing machine to extract the water from the washing cycle and discharge the excess water.
Both the pipes and the gaskets relative to the washing machine must be connected, carefully reading the instruction manual to identify where each connection goes. Before proceeding to the connection of the pipes, it is necessary to turn off the general tap of the water system, turning off both the water hot as cold. This operation must be carried out even if it is not the first installation but rather the replacement of the old washing machine with the new one.
Manufacturers generally supply two pipes, one for hot water and one for cold water, and both must be connected to the appropriate tap. In addition, the connection for the drain pipes must already be installed in the space you have chosen to use; If you are not used to manual work, you will recognize it because, compared to the charging tubes, it has a much wider diameter. If the installation is temporary and you still don’t have the connection to the drainpipe, you can also opt for the sink solution, supporting the end of the drainpipe to the edge. Be careful not to overstretch the pipes, which should always be a little loose.
6. It remains only to plug in the washing machine and do a test wash. For this, it will be good if you activate the ecological program (if present) without loading the basket with your clothes and without adding detergent. In this way, the control systems of the washing machine can be activated and calibrated and, at the same time, check that no errors have been made in the assembly of the pipes.