How to Move a Washer & Dryer From the Basement to the First Floor

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A first floor laundry room is convenient because it means no more trekking down to the gloomy basement at odd hours to wash a load of laundry. Although considerable work is involved in moving a washer and dryer from the basement to the first floor if the proper plumbing and electrical features are not in place at the new first floor location, setting up a laundry room that is easier to access may well be worth it.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Appliance dolly
  • 110 plug with 20 amp circuit breakers
  • Hot water line
  • Cold water line
  • 2-inch waste water line
  • Hot air vent
  • Additional 110 plug with 20 amp circuit breakers OR 220 plug with 30 amp circuit breakers
  • Natural gas line (optional)

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  1. 1

    Check the proposed first floor location for the proper outlets and valves. There should be a 110 plug with 20 amp circuit breakers for the washing machine as well as two water lines, one for hot and one for cold. There should be a 2-inch waste water line to allow the runoff from the washing machine to flow outside. For electric dryers, the home should be equipped with a 220 plug with 30 amp circuit breakers. For natural gas dryers an additional 110 plug with 20 amp circuit breakers will do. There must also be a hot air vent to connect the dryer duct. If all these things are present, proceed to step 3.

  2. 2

    Hire a plumber and an electrician to install the necessary connections to house the washer and dryer in the first floor laundry room.

  3. 3

    Turn off the hot and cold water supply. Pull the washing machine away from the wall to detach the connections. Do the same with the dryer.

  4. 4

    Get a couple strong friends to help you carry the washing machine and dryer up to the first floor. It may be useful to use an appliance dolly to transport the appliances up the stairs.

  5. 5

    Turn off the circuit breakers that supply electricity to the washer and dryer outlets for their new location on the first floor.

  6. 6

    Attach the washing machine hoses found at the back of the machine to the household plumbing. Make sure the valves are off before attaching the PVC washing machine hoses. They should be colour coded, red for hot and blue for cold. Tighten the valves before turning on the water supply.

  7. 7

    Place the large accordion type machine hose into the open ended side of the waste pipe outlet. The hose should fit loosely into the pipe, and it should have enough length so that it will not fall out of the pipe with the pressure from the water. Use a cable tie to secure the hose to the pipe.

  8. 8

    Secure the dryer vent hose (which is the aluminium foil hose attached to the dryer) to the duct leading to the outside using the plastic clamp provided.

  9. 9

    Plug in the dryer, and push it into place.

Tips and warnings

  • The waste outlet line should be approximately 2 feet above the floor.
  • It is important to ensure that the outlets are the right voltage before beginning the process to avoid damaging the equipment.

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