How to set up your new washer
- Unpack the Washer: Start by unpacking your new washer and removing any packaging materials, labels, or protective covers. Make sure it is placed in its final location, and the floor is level.
- Inspect the Cords and Hoses: Examine the power cord and water hoses that came with your washer to ensure there are no visible defects or damage. If you notice any issues, contact the manufacturer or retailer for replacements.
- Position the Washer: Carefully position the washer in the desired location, ensuring that it is close to both the electrical outlet and the water supply connections (usually hot and cold water taps).
- Plug in the Power Cord: Insert the washer’s power plug into a grounded electrical outlet. Ensure that the outlet is compatible with the washer’s power requirements, which should be specified in the user manual.
- Connect the Water Hoses: Connect the water supply hoses to the back of the washer. Typically, there will be two hoses – one for hot water and one for cold water. Ensure you connect the hot hose to the hot water tap and the cold hose to the cold water tap. Hand-tighten the hose connections initially, and then use pliers to give them an extra quarter-turn to prevent leaks.
- Turn on Water Supply: Turn on both the hot and cold water taps to supply water to the washer. Check for any leaks around the hose connections. If you see any leaks, turn off the water supply and tighten the hose connections further.
- Check for Level: Use a level to make sure the washer is sitting level on the floor. If it’s not level, adjust the washer’s feet until it is. An uneven washer can cause excessive vibration during the spin cycle.
- Secure Drain Hose: Make sure the washer’s drain hose is properly secured in a standpipe or laundry tub. It should not be kinked or blocked in any way. Ensure that there’s a proper air gap to prevent siphoning.
- Perform a Test Cycle: Run a test cycle on the washer with an empty drum to check for any operational issues. This will also help you ensure that the water connections are functioning correctly and there are no leaks.
- Read the User Manual: Always refer to the user manual provided by the manufacturer for specific setup instructions and safety precautions. The manual will also include information on recommended detergent usage, cycle selection, and maintenance guidelines.
By following these steps and carefully reading the manufacturer’s instructions, you can properly set up the cords and hoses on your new washer, ensuring it operates efficiently and safely.