Washing Machine Repair

Installing a Washing Machine

If you are replacing a washing machine or the plumbing is already in place then installation is pretty straight forward.
A washer can do a lot of moving between being produced to making it to the customer's house. For this reason, packing protects the outside, but the inside is also packed to keep the tub from moving. This needs to be removed before using for the first time, otherwise the tub will be rigid and the washer will leap around once it reaches the spin cycle.The exact details on doing this are different for each machine, but instructions should be included. It generally involves unscrewing a few bolts from the back the machine which allows various packing to be removed.

Connecting the Hoses

If you are replacing a washing machine, you will probably have the old hoses as well as the new hoses that come with the machine. Many people are torn between which hoses to use. There is generally no advantage in using one over the other, although I tend to use the new ones just because they look better. The obvious exceptions to this are if the new ones are shorter in length or the old ones are showing signs of wear.
Make sure not to over tighten the connections. You should be able to create a water tight seal by hand tightening. Once the water has been turned on, you should check for any signs of leaks for at least ten minutes. If you do need to tighten more than that, you can use a pair of mole grips to give an extra quarter turn. Don't make the mistake of thinking more turns will provide a better seal. You can damage the rubber seal and cause leaks.