washer and dryer installation guide
The washer and dryer installation costs are usually built into the cost at which you purchase your new appliance. For instances where, for example, you have bought your machine at a wholesale price or under heavy discounts, many times you yourself have to take care of the washer dryer hook-up requirements.
In case you need vents and connections made into your space, you can always contact authorised washer and dryer installation services from the manufacturers’ helpline. But in most cases, the washing machine installation processes are simple and can be carried at home, saving you time and money. In this article we shall highlight what kind of inlet and outlet connections does one need for different washing machines and dryers.
Connections that you need
- Washing machines can be hooked up to your standard 230V plugs available in Indian homes, since they don’t require anymore than 120V electricity outlet with a 15 ampere 3-pin plug. So, make sure the place of installation is at the cord’s length from the plug point.
- For a washer dryer or separate dryer, make sure the electricity input is of 240V. If you don’t have one, let the electrician make one for you. Do not try this yourself at home. The dryer specifications may also require the volt outlet to be controlled by a pair of dedicated 30- to 50-amp breakers, depending upon the model.
B. Water Supply
- For semi-automatic, you need an area where you can easily draw in water from buckets or using pipe and nozzles to fill into the machine. So any place with water source nearby is fine.
- For fully-automatic, if you wish to connect a hot water source into the hot water inlet, you need a geyser and water inlet connection from it which you can be attached to your machine. In case you cannot or do not have one, a single cold water inlet can be attached to either of the 2 marked inlets (cold/hot) of the machine. The machine will draw in water from whichever source is connected.
- Washing machines also need a drainage pipe to vent out the water after rinsing. You can drain it into a sink/basin, a gully, or make adjustments to make a permanent drainage system into a basin siphon.
- Some Dryers need vents to be connected with metal ducting pipes leading to outdoors. In case proper ventilation isn’t maintained, there can be mould and moisture build-up in the laundry room.
Installing a Washer Dryer
1. Finalise where you want the machine to be installed.
After making sure the area selected has the availability of all listed connections, make sure the ground is levelled. If not, then you can use rubber soles for the feet of the appliance and secure it as well as possible. If only 3 out of the 4 legs of the machine are stable, the machine can wobble and walk under the internal spinning momentum when operated.
2. Make the connections.
Connect the water supply, electricity ports and open the drainage vents. Make sure all connections are neat, without leakage, and the venting ducts are cleaned from the insides; check for any debris which may block the drainage/vent.
3. Check the running machine.
After you are sure that operating the machines under the current electricity and water supply is safe, turn on the appliance. Check for leaks, disturbance in levelling of the feet, and proper connections made to the separate hot and cold water inlets.
Installing a stackable Washer-Dryer combo
In case you have floor space constraints to have two separate machines next to each other while installing for washing and drying, there is a possibility of mounting the dryer on top of the front load washing machines, with an external bracket/ stand that are available at separate cost.
Not only is helps in freeing more space in your laundry room, but is also aesthetically pleasing. Also, loading and unloading the machine becomes easier due to the added height which is easier on your back.