Freezing temperatures are a reality for residents in many parts of the UK at some time. If you have your washing machine in the garage, it is likely to be exposed to lower temperatures than appliances kept in the kitchen. This can cause problems leading to malfunctioning. There are several things you can do to avoid the problems.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Draught-proofing strips
- Pipe insulation
- Stanley knife
- Duct tape
- Additional radiator or small heater
Close the garage doors and windows. Locate any draughts entering through gaps. Follow the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and fit draught-proofing strips around the window frame and edges of the door. Cut the strips to length, peel off the backing tape and stick the strips in place.
Lag the pipes with insulating material to prevent water freezing within them. The most common type of lagging for pipes is polythene foam cylinders. DIY expert Tommy Walsh points out that the cylinders are pre-slit to they slip easily over pipes. Affinity Water’s Rob recommends 15/13 pipe. If your pipe work has a 90 degree bend in it, cut a 45 degree angle at the end of one piece of foam and meet it with another piece cut at 45 degrees. Tape over the joint with duct tape or similar.
Heat the garage if possible. Even a small amount of heat can keep the temperature above zero degrees and protect your washing machine from freezing. Have a small radiator installed near the washing machine, linked to your central heating system. Alternatively, site a plug-in heater nearby and switch it on when there is a weather warning of freezing temperatures.
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