Why You Should Hire a Plumber to Install Your Washing Machine

Installing a washing machine is relatively easy provided that the cold and hot water supplies are already in place. You also have to be sure that there is a correct drain hookup that passes current codes. You’ll also need a compatible power supply that has been installed in the right location.

It’s a simple project for any handy person if you are just swapping the old machine for a new one in a relatively new home that meets more current codes; however, if your situation is different than just a swap, a washing machine installation and hookup might be more complicated.

There are many aspects to consider when installing a washing machine correctly for maximum operation and performance. A professional plumber and electrician should be consulted when determining your washing machine's location, electrical connections and water hookup requiring hoses, mountings, and basins located in the right spot for drainage.

A New Location:

If you're planning to install a washer in a new location, first make sure that you have a relatively level floor that can support about 400 pounds. Finished flooring is a hard enough surface that can withstand the washing machine being moved in and out for installation and service. Concrete and ceramic tile are also sturdy enough for the sliding motion back and forth. If the washer is going to be installed in the upper part of the house, it’s imperative to have a washer pan with a drain installed to prevent interior damage due to a leak or overflows.

You will need adequate provisions in place for draining the washer in its new location. It’s necessary that the hot and cold water supply lines are equipped with shutoff valves. You will also need threaded hose connections that are within 3 ft. of the location where the clothes washer will be installed.

A dedicated electrical circuit with a receptacle compatible with your washer’s plug is required within 3 feet of the washer’s location. If you require a new circuit, you should consult a licensed electrician for the installation. Additionally, if you plan on installing a dryer nearby, the dryer will need its own dedicated circuit. You’ll also need adequate space for the dryer so that the washer's water supply and electrical connections won't interfere with the dryer exhaust duct.

Old Houses:

If you live in or move to an older home, water supply hookups might need repair or replacement because of old galvanized pipes. Many homeowners find that the shutoff valves near the washer water supply connection are missing or inoperable. You may also find that the electrical wiring has deteriorated, or it’s inadequate by today’s standards. Due to age, older homes may have sagging floors in the area of installation and unable to support a modern washer. You may have to make structural repairs before installing a new washing machine.

Hire a Pro:

Although most homeowners can tackle little DIY plumbing problems on occasion, there are some projects like washing machine installations that require the expertise of someone beyond the novice skill level. A licensed plumber goes through extensive training, practice and apprenticeships to receive their licensing. Licensed plumbers have the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to go beyond common leaks. If you’re planning to install a washing machine in the near future, you should consider whether you can DIY or its more prudent to hire a professional plumber to complete the work for you.

If you're looking for professional plumbers who know exactly what they're doing and will do it for a modest price, then Contact Taylor's Plumbing and get your washing machine installed the right way.