How to install a washing machine?

It’s not always necessary to pay someone to install a new washing machine, you can do it yourself, here’s a step by step guide to installing a washing machine…

For starters, the machine needs;

  • Power supply
  • Water supply
  • Waste pipe

Part one: Unplugging the old machine…

1. Switch off and unplug your old machine

Make sure you empty it of any hidden lost socks. Switch it off at the mains and unplug it

2. Switch off the cold water supply valve

Switch off the isolating valve on the cold water supply (this is typically a small blue tap)

3. Unscrew cold water pipe

There will be a hose from the top of the back of the machine that attaches to the mains water, supplying cold water. Now unscrew the cold water pipe – it’s worth having a bucket handy to catch any excess water/drips that might come out of the pipe.

4. Pull out the wastewater hose

There is a second hose that is the waster-water pipe, from the machine into the wall/floor – pull this out to disconnect it. Your old machine should be completely disconnected now, so move it out the way ready for the new one.

Part two: Connecting your new machine…

5. Remove carriage bolts from your new machine

There are ‘carriage bolts’ on every washing machine that secure the drum from moving around while the machine is in transit. However, these need to be taken out before you install and start using it – just unscrew and remove them (there are normally four bolts)

6. Attach the cold water in the hose

Next up is attaching the cold water – this is normally loose inside the drum.

Screw the cold water pipe to the attachment at the top of the back of the machine – use mole grips to do this (similar to vice grips). The other end of the water hose attaches to your cold water supply in the wall/floor and can be screwed into place.

7. Turn on the water in the hose

You turn on the water by releasing the isolating valve, which then will allow the water to flow through the pipe again. This is the point when you need to check for leaks or any drips – to check you’ve attached the water hose correctly. If any, turn the valve off and start again.

8. Attach the wastewater hose

Manually feed the wastewater hose into the wastewater downpipe, the hose will come attached to your washing machine.

Some machines come with a rigid U-bend, which you can use to help maintain the shape of the hose, it also helps to avoid blockages (which might ordinarily build-up in a kinked hose).

Once done, push your washing machine back into place. It’s important to make sure it’s level – you can use a spirit-level to double-check. If it’s not level, it can make a much louder noise and might even end up damaging your machine.

Your alternatives…

If for some reason you don’t feel you are able to do the above, you can expect to pay between £20-80 to install, the more expensive end of the scale tends to be for integrated washing machines.

To get rid of your old machine, you can expect to pay between £10-45 for a company to dispose of it. The company you are buying from may well take it away for free – you can negotiate this with them.

More information here, and a good how-to video here.