How to install washer & dryer connections

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How to install washer & dryer connections
Install Washer and Dryer Connections (dirty laundry image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com)

What was a luxury for families of yesteryear, has become a necessity in today's household. The washing machine and dryer work daily for endless hours to keep the entire family in a fresh set of clothes. Although the task of installing a washer and dryer may appear at first to be a daunting one, it is really be quite easily accomplished with the right tools and parts.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Washing machine hot-water hose
  • Washing machine cold-water hose
  • Washing machine drain hose
  • Dryer vent flexible hose
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Flat head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the two water hoses to the wall service port and the washing machine, following the marking on the hose connections. The cold water hose connection at the wall valve will be marked with the letter "C." Screw one end of the cold water hose to this valve. Connect the other end of the cold water hose to the connection on the washing machine marked with the letter "C." The hot water hose connections are marked on either end with the letter "H". Screw one end of the hot water hose to the wall valve marked with "H." Connect the other end of the hot water hose to the connection on the washing machine marked with an "H."

  2. 2

    Connect the washing machine drain hose to the drain port located on the lower-back side of the washing machine. The drain hose will fit onto the pronged fitting protruding from the back of the washing machine. Push the drain hose fully onto the fitting, and install the hose clamp to secure the drain hose to the washing machine. Place the opposite end of the drain hose into the wall service port labelled "Drain" by simply lowering the hose end down into the receiver. The weight of the hose will keep it in place.

  3. 3

    Plug the 110-volt cord from the washing machine into the electrical socket on the wall.

  4. 4

    Turn on both water valves at the wall service port and check connections for leaks. This will complete the washing machine installation.

  5. 5

    Connect the flexible clothes dryer vent to the large discharge connection located at the lower-back of the dryer. Slide the flexible vent completely onto the discharge connection and install the hose clamp provided with the flexible vent. Connect the opposite end of the clothes dryer vent hose to the wall discharge fitting located on the wall. Push the flexible clothes dryer vent hose fully onto the fitting and install the hose clamp provided with the flexible hose.

  6. 6

    Plug the 220-volt plug from the clothes dryer into the 220-volt outlet located on the wall service port receptacle. This plug will only fit into the receptacle one way. Turn the plug in the desired orientation in order to plug the dryer cord completely into the receptacle. With the power and flexible vent lines hooked up, the clothes dryer installation is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Use new hose gaskets on each end of the hot and cold water hose connections to help prevent future water leaks.
  • Ensure the flexible dryer vent line does not become clogged or crimped during installation or during the operation of the clothes dryer.
  • Ensure the hot and cold water lines are not twisted or kinked during installation or during the operation of the washing machine.

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