Install your own washer/dryer

Before that laundry hamper gets any more full, get your new washer and dryer in working order. Installing your new front-loading wonders may seem intimidating because of the plumbing, electrical and exhaust tasks. But all are pretty simple when you break them down.

Begin by leveling each unit to reduce vibration.

Installing your washer

1. Insert the drain hose into the standpipe. Use any mounting device provided by the manufacturer to be sure the hose cannot be pushed out with water pressure. If there is no standpipe, you can drain the hose into a laundry tub.

2. Install the hot- and cold-intake hoses to the connections at the back of the washing machine. The connections will be marked for use with a hot or cold line, and the hoses may be as well. Connect the hoses to the proper water-supply line. The manufacturer may list specifications for how long the hoses can be, limiting you to how close the machine must be to the plumbing or causing you to take on the more difficult plumbing task of moving the water-supply lines. Run a test load and watch carefully for leaks

Installing your dryer

1. Install the hose to the duct that vents outside with a hose clamp and seal the joint with foil tape. Don’t kink the hose and be sure it is within the recommended guidelines for length. A long or kinked hose is a fire hazard.

2. Plug the machine into the socket and run a test load.

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