How do I disassemble and reassemble my washing machine when moving?

When it comes time to move your washing machine, use this method to avoid damaging your appliance.

  • Step 1: Your washing machine is a heavy appliance, so ask someone to help you move it. Together, lift the machine on either side slightly and gently move it out so there is enough room at the back to reach the hoses and cables. Keep an eye on your flooring; avoid leaving scratches and scuffs.
  • Step 2: Unplug the appliance to cut off the power supply.
  • Step 3: Turn off the water supply to the machine to prevent it from leaking. This should be near the sink or beneath it.
  • Step 4: Place a bucket beneath the inlet pipe at the back of the washing machine, it will come in handy shortly. Have a towel within reach as you might need it too.
  • Step 5: Carefully detach the inlet pipe from the back of your washing machine (it is usually a blue pipe), keeping in mind that water will come out once it is removed. Empty the excess water into your bucket and use the towel to wipe up any water that may have spilled.
  • Step six: Use a pipe wrench or pliers to remove the other end of the inlet pipe from the wall. Tilt the hose and empty any remaining water into the bucket. Once again, make use of the towel as required.
  • Step 7: Remove the drain hose (or outlet pipe) from the waste pipe near or underneath the sink. It has a ridged design; you won’t miss it. Empty the drain hose of the wastewater. You’ll need to put a plastic blanking plug or disc inside the waste pipe / outlet pipe to prevent any further leakage.
  • Step 8: Remove the drain hose or outlet pipe from the machine. Tip up the drain hose or outlet pipe and empty the last of the water.
  • Step 9: Now it’s time to move your machine. Once again, keep in mind the weight of your machine – don’t try to do this alone. Lift the machine gently without changing its orientation. It must stay upright. Secure it in position if it will be in transit, and take care as you move it out of the vehicle.
  • Step 10: Check the area where the washing machine is to be placed and ensure that the ground is level. If it is not, you will need to get someone to help you lift the washing machine so that you can adjust the levelling screw at the foot of the machine.
  • Step 11: From this point, you are just going to run through steps one to eight backward. Start off by attaching the inlet pipe to the tap fitting on the wall where the washing machine is to be placed.
  • Step 12: To make this simple attach the outlet pipe to the draining pipe on the wall as well.
  • Step 13: Attach the inlet pipe to the inlet attachment at the back of the machine.
  • Step 14: Push the machine gently into place.
  • Step 15: Turn on the cold water tap that feeds the inlet pipe and switch on the washing machine to run a test wash
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