Moving a washing machine can be a daunting task if you don’t know how to do it properly. This blog post will show you the easiest way to move your washing machine without breaking your back!
The process of moving a washing machine can be broken down into 4 simple steps…
- Find a helper
- Make sure the machine is unplugged and empty
- Use a dolly or hand truck
- Plug in the machine and test
Find a helper
The first thing that you do when moving a washing machine is find a helper. You want someone who can hold the appliance in place, keep it steady on its wheels and push or pull it as needed.
To be safe, ask for at least two strong people if not three – one person needs to hold up the washer while another person pushes; then switch positions so that those same persons are now pulling and holding respectively.
If no helpers are available, get yourself a strong and capable friend to help you. They need only stand with their feet spaced wide apart just behind the front of the washers’ wheels and grasp
Make sure the machine is unplugged and empty
Next, make sure that the appliance is unplugged and empty of water.
If you are moving an old-fashioned top loader washer with a door on the front of it then open up all its doors to release any suction from inside before lifting off the base as we’ll need to support this weight when transporting it.
Use a dolly or hand truck to move it out of the house and into its new location
Next, you’ll need to use a dolly or a sack truck suitable for a washing machine in order to move it out of the house and into its new location.
If your machine has wheels on both sides then this will be much easier as you can just rock the washer back and forth with an overhand motion so that those same persons are now pulling and holding respectively.
If not, have one person at either end take care of balance while another pushes from behind.
**Take extra caution when going up stairs! **
Do not lift any part higher than waist height because doing so could cause injury or damage!
Make sure no kids go near it or they’ll end up climbing on it
Plug in the machine, turn on water supply, and test for leaks
Next, plug in the machine and turn on the water supply to make sure that there are no leaks.
**If you believe there is a leak from either your washer or pipes then contact a professional plumber immediately!
It’s also important to check for any other issues so that they don’t end up being an issue later like mold buildup.
**Basically, do this as soon as possible after moving because it’ll help prevent these problems!
However, if everything checks out okay with the connections then go ahead and fill your machine with some clothes and start a wash cycle.
In conclusion, there are a few things that need to be done before you end up moving your washing machine to prevent any complications.
Hopefully this article helped show some of these dangers so that they don’t become problematic later on after you’ve made your move and want nothing but clean clothes again!