Transporting appliances from one location to another often involves more than one person and equipment due to the size and weight of appliances. While most appliances can be moved without special requirements, moving a front loading washing machine requires stabilisation of the inner drum. Failure to stabilise the drum prior to moving your front load washer can put too much strain on the inner suspension and cause damage to your washer.
Contact the manufacturer for your front loading washer. Look for the manufacturer's name on the sticker placed on the back of the unit. The owner's manual will also provide a customer service phone number.
Provide the representative with the model number of your washing machine, and tell her you are planning a move and need to order the required equipment to stabilise your washer. Pay the required charge and provide your shipping address.
Follow the directions that come with the stabilisation kit. Each manufacturer has a slightly different system for stabilising the machine. You may have one rod, four rods or a styrofoam insert.
Visit your local hardware store and proceed to the department selling front loading washers. Have the make and model of your front load washer ready. You can find this information in your user's manual or on the sticker located on the back of your washer.
Find a representative who works in this department, and explain you are moving and need a stabilisation kit. Not all stores carry equipment for every make of washer, and the store may need to special-order your kit.
Follow the directions provided with your kit. Each manufacturer and machine uses a different stabilisation technique. Some use one rod, four rods or a styrofoam insert. All kits come with directions.
Prepare the washer for transport by unhooking the hoses from the wall, draining the water out of the hoses and stabilising the washer drum. Cover the washer with a sheet or blanket to prevent scratches or other damage during the move.
Guide a dolly to the centre of the rear of the washer. One person should hold the handle of the dolly and the other person will gently lift the back of the washer slightly off the floor. Slide the bottom of the dolly under the washer and lower the washer to the floor. Transporting the washer will require two to three people.
Tighten the dolly straps around the washer. If your dolly does not have straps, substitute bungee cords by hooking one hook on the left side of the dolly, wrapping the cord around the washer and hooking to the right side of the dolly. Bungee cords or straps are not required but provide additional stability as you move the washer.
Position one person to steer the dolly while the other person guides the dolly to the truck. Carefully manoeuvre the washer through doorways and out to the waiting truck.
Place the washer into the bed of the truck by carefully lifting the washer or rolling the dolly up the ramp. The washer should be as close to the front of the truck as possible. If loading a moving truck, pack other items around the washer so the washer can't move. If moving only the washer, use rope or bungee cords to secure the washer and minimise movement.
If you are using a moving company, give them the information on your washing machine before the move and ensure they have a stabilisation kit before allowing them to move your machine.
Water will remain in the hoses and leak during transport if the washing machine has been used recently. Never place a washer on its side.