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How to Install Your New Washer and Dryer


Almost every day we get questions about appliance installation, most homeowners do not know the exact procedures and often think it is as simple as plugging in the appliance and turning it on.

Most new washers are shipped across country and some across continents. As a result careful packaging and shipping inserts are required. Some washers have shipping bolts that must be removed before use; all have styrofoam inserts to prevent damage in shipment. 

Here’s what to look for when unpacking and installing your new washer:

1. Upon arrival check the outer box for any visible damage, rips, tears, dents or other damage to the outer box may be evidence of damage to the machine inside. Have the delivery agent open the box and inspect the machine carefully before accepting it. If you spot any damage, note it on the shippers’ bill of lading and call the store for a replacement or refuse the machine all together.

2. Once you have the washer inside, remove the outer box, next remove any shipping tape securing the lid and remove any styrofoam and manuals inside the washer. Check the backside of the washer for any shipping bolts installed at the factory to secure the tub during shipment, these must be removed before the washer is used.

3. Check under the machine for any additional packing materials such as cardboard or styrofoam blocks used the secure the tub during shipment.

4. Once you have removed all of the shipping materials, move the washer into place and attach the hot and cold water hoses to the shut offs. Flush out the hoses before attaching them to the washer, this will remove any debris in the lines which may otherwise end up clogging the washer inlets.

5. Attach the hoses to the washer, the hot and cold inlets are clearly marked, make sure you have the hoses properly connected; if they are reversed the machine will not work properly. Don’t forget to turn on the water after the hoses are attached.

6. Attach the drain hose the stand pipe behind the washer and secure it with the materials supplied with the hose; this is often a zip tie, or other clamp to secure the hose in place. Make sure the drain hose is secure; you don’t want it to jump out of the standpipe and flood the room as the washer drains.

7. Level the washer, this is important, if the machine is not level the tub will be out of balance and strike the side of the cabinet, making lots of noise, and the machine will not finish the cycle.

8. Read the instruction manual before starting your machine, modern washers operate much differently than your old machine, they use less water and require the new (HE) or High Efficiency laundry soap. This soap is formulated for these new high efficiency machines and makes fewer suds. (HE) detergent is concentrated and combined with the lower water levels in newer machines means you will need much less soap than you used in your old machine.


Modern Dryers are available in Gas and Electric versions; installation for both is quite similar.


1. As with the washer inspect the box when the dryer arrives, look for any damage to the box which may indicate damage to the machine. Have the delivery agent open the box and look at all four sides of the dryer, if you spot any damage, note it on the shippers’ bill of lading and call the store for a replacement or refuse the machine all together.

2. Move the dryer inside and remove the box and shipping materials, open the door and remove any materials in the drum. Some new dryers include a drying rack for sweaters or shoes; remove it until you’re ready to use it.

3. On Electric dryers attach the power cord to the machine (see our article “How to Change an Electric Dryer Cord” for specific instructions.) On Gas dryers connect the flexible gas line to the dryer; adapters are provided with the line for different pipe sizes. Use pipe joint compound to assure a leak free connection (note on compression or flare type connections pipe joint compound is not needed.)

4. Move the dryer in place and connect the gas line to the shut off valve, once you've turned on the gas, check for leaks at all connections. Fill a spray bottle with soapy water and spray the mixture on the pipe connections, if any bubbling appears tighten the connection until it stops.

5. Attach the exhaust duct to the dryer and to the dryer vent leading to the outside. Use four inch clamps to secure the connections. Be sure to make your exhaust hose as short as possible and minimize kinks or sharp turns in the line, these restrict flow and can trap lint leading to a possible fire.

6. Level the dryer, all appliances must be level and stable for proper operation.

7. Finally plug in the cord and test the dryer for proper operation, after a few days of use, recheck the connections to assure they are secure.

8. Review the owners’ manual, modern dryers have features older models lacked such as steam cycles, timed drying, moisture sensors and special use cycles.


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2015-08-04T00:44:20+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC
Very informative
Posted 2015-08-11T07:59:03+0000  by kriths234
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