Installing a washing machine is not that difficult. Make sure you have a stable surface. That saves noise and frustration. With these and other tips, your washing machine will look good right away.
Install yourself or have it installed
Installation is often included in the purchase of a washing machine, sometimes you have to pay extra for it. Please inquire about the delivery when purchasing. Installing a washing machine yourself is not difficult in itself. Moving the old and new washing machine is often the biggest challenge. The old machine is included in the delivery. Read more about disposing of your old washing machine.
Lift washing machine
You don’t just lift a washing machine upwards: the weight of a washing machine varies from 55 kg to 100 kg. You definitely need 2 people for it. To make the washing machine easier to lift, special moving bags or white goods bags are available for rent or sale. You hang this around the washing machine.
You can also consider renting or buying a special hand truck. There are even special stair trolleys with which you can drive the washing machine up and down the stairs. Ask for it at a hardware store or moving company.
Place the washing machine in a suitable area with a firm, level surface, and the temperature does not fall below 0 °C. Check-in advance whether the washing machine fits on the spot and through the door/stairwell. Most washing machines are 60 cm wide and 82 to 90 cm high. The depth varies from 50 to 65 cm. A washing machine of 10 kilos or more is often even bigger.
Place on a solid surface
It is important that the washing machine is on a firm, flat, stable surface. If this is not the case, the washing machine may vibrate and walk during the spin cycle. This makes a lot of noise and makes the spinless effective.
A concrete floor is best suited. A wooden floor can also vibrate. You can then place a sturdy plate of at least 3 cm thick under the washing machine. It is best to place the machine in the corner of the room. This is where the floor is most stable.
Disconnect old washing machine
The old washing machine will be taken with you when the new one is delivered. You can prepare the old washing machine for this.
- Disconnect the old washing machine from electricity and water. Drain the water hose thoroughly, then tape the hose to the washing machine with the end up to prevent any possible leakage.
- Drain the water from the washing machine. To do this, take a basin and place it under the cover by the filter. Carefully loosen the filter and let the water run out. Tilt the washing machine for the last bit of water. Then put the filter back in place.
- Preferably fix the drum again with the transport lock for transport.
A step-by-step plan for connecting the washing machine
- Remove packaging material. File-Washing-machine-connect 3
- Remove the transport protection from the rear of the machine. A transport lock prevents the drum from rotating during transport to prevent damage. Save the shipping securing parts for when the washing machine needs to be shipped again.
- Connect the water supply hose to the washing machine and to the washing machine tap. Check that no water is leaking.
- Almost put the machine in place. Connect the drain hose to the washing machine, if necessary with a bracket to cover the hose. Connect the hose to the drain.
- Connect the washing machine to a grounded electrical outlet and set the washing machine in its final position.
- Level the washing machine using the adjustable feet.
By connecting the washing machine to the hot water tap, you can save energy. Read more about connecting a washing machine with a hot fill.
Tumble dryer on the washing machine
Do you also have a tumble dryer and do you want to save space? Then you can put the dryer on the washing machine. Sometimes you need an intermediate piece for this (stacking set or stacking kit). These can be from the manufacturer, but there are also universal stacking kits. Read more about connecting the dryer.
Substructure and built-in
A washing machine is often free in the room, but some washing machines are suitable as a substructure, under a worktop for example. Although the top of many washing machines can be removed, this is not recommended. There are only a few washing machines that are classified as a substructure. You can sometimes buy a cover plate from the manufacturer to replace the top.
You can build in a single washing machine. A cabinet door can be attached to this to blend into the interior of a kitchen, for example. Leave some space around the washing machine for ventilation, about 5 to 10 cm at the back, and 2 cm at the sides.