Washers and dryers are appliances that have a long useful life, and most people repair them when they break down. However, after a while, you'll need to replace these appliance. Taking out the old washer and dryer can be a challenging job for many homeowners because they are often tucked into tight spaces and are heavy.
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Things you need
- Appliance dolly
- Flathead or Philips screwdriver (optional)
- Wrench or pliers (optional)
- Dust pan
- Cleaning soap
- Large tarp or old rug
- Old towel
- Pail or bottle
Call the gas company if you have a gas dryer to find out where to turn off the gas to the dryer. If you are replacing the gas dryer with an electric one, a gas company representative will come out to remove the line to the dryer and close off the connection from the main gas line into the home.
Turn off the circuit breaker for the washer and dryer. If the dryer is electric, simply unplug it from the wall. You may need a pair of pliers or a wrench to disconnect the plug.
Remove the washer hose from the drain pipe and place a rag or towel over the washer end of the hose to absorb any leaks. Place the end of the hose inside the washer, or in a waterproof bottle or pail to keep it from dripping on the floor.
Turn off the faucets to the washer. The hot and cold water pipes coming up the wall from the floor have handles on them. Turn them counterclockwise to turn the water off on both the hot and cold sides of the plumbing.
Disconnect the hoses from the water pipes by turning them counterclockwise. The loose ends of the hoses can go inside the washer, along with the drain hose.
Wiggle the washer a little to break it loose from the floor if it has been sitting in one place for a long time. Place the appliance dolly's bottom platform under the washer; tip the washer forward so that the front of the washer rests on the legs of the dolly. Ask someone to help you with this step because washers are heavy and balancing the dolly with one hand and pulling the washer forward is difficult. Enlist this person to steady the washer while hooking the straps that appliance dollies use to secure heavy appliances.
Secure the washer on the dolly. Move it wherever you have room in the house or outside for disposal or pickup.
Repeat the same process for the dryer. This is an easier task because dryers are not heavy, although it helps to have another set of hands to balance the appliance so it doesn't wobble while being strapped to the dolly.
Sweep the space under the washer and dryer, collect the lint and dust with the dust pan, and discard. Scrub the area with cleaning soap and let dry. There may be quite an accumulation of dirt on the floor, so you may want to soak soapy water on the more serious stains to loosen them, which will make cleaning the floor easier.
Tips and warnings
- Many people rent appliance dollies to move heavy appliances.
- If the appliances are being moved over delicate flooring, throw down rugs or tarps to prevent scratches.
- If no one in the house is strong enough to manage these appliances, hire someone to do it for you. Serious injuries could result from a tipping washer or dryer.
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