How to Convert a Clothes Washer to a Sink Hook Up

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How to Convert a Clothes Washer to a Sink Hook Up
Connect a standard washer to your kitchen sink with a hose adaptor. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

If you move into an apartment or home that has no laundry room or you need to repair the plumbing for the laundry room, you can still use your standard washing machine with a sink for the water supply. Washing machines use a pair of supply hoses for hot and cold water. The connectors on these hoses are the same as the connector for a standard garden hose. With a hose to sink adaptor, available at hardware and plumbing stores, you can connect one of the washer hoses directly to your kitchen sink to do laundry.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sink/hose adaptor
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Twist the aerator on the end of the sink faucet counterclockwise to remove this part.

  2. 2

    Screw on the adaptor to the threads on the end of the faucet.

  3. 3

    Connect the brass coupler on the hot water hose, typically labelled "H" on the back of the washer, to the open end of the adaptor on the faucet. Tighten with pliers.

  4. 4

    Turn on the water at the sink to check for leaks around the faucet adaptor and then shut off the water.

  5. 5

    Place the open end of the drain hose attached to the back of your washer into the sink drain. Push the hose end into the drain so it cannot pop out.

  6. 6

    Plug in the washer's electrical cord after drying your hands.

  7. 7

    Turn on the water at the faucet, adjusting the hot and cold water knobs to the desired temperature for washing. With a normal connection, your washer has separate hookups for hot and cold water. With a sink conversion, you need to adjust the temperature at the faucet. If you want only cold water, shut off the hot water completely.

  8. 8

    Set the temperature control on the washing machine to "Hot" regardless of the water temperature you plan to use. Since the machine is connected to the sink with the hot water hose only, you must leave the washer's temperature setting on "Hot" so water will flow into the washer through this connection.

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