Checklist For Moving Your Washer
1. Be sure that your washers feet are adjusted correctly and making proper contact with the floor. This will help control any imbalance that may occur inside the washer due to variations in load size and the distribution of the weight when your washer goes into spin. HINT: Feet normally screw up or down to adjust height. If your feet no longer do so due to age or damage, try folding up pieces of cardboard or heavy paper and placing them under the feet until the machine is level.
2. Visually inspect the water faucets in your new home to be sure they are in good condition. Take your time and use the proper precautions when connecting faucets; improperly connected faucets may create water damage to your home if they should leak due to improper connections. You’ll want to use care in making sure the threads on the hose and the faucet are lined up correctly before you put the pliers on it to finish tightening, the rule is that you should always be able to start these by hand and screw them in to about half to three quarters of their depth before you put tools on it.
3. Old fashioned rubber hoses have a tendency to get worn out over time and become brittle. This may lead to leaking around the areas where the end pieces are attached or the bursting of hoses. Manufacturers recommend that hoses be replaced every 5-7 years to make sure there are no problems. In addition, you might want to investigate buying hoses that are wrapped in a metal wire braid. While they are more expensive, the chances of them bursting are next to none.
4. Before starting your washer after a new installation, you should always double check the drain hose to make sure they have no obstructions and can drain freely. Make sure the hoses are not kinked, which could lead to your washer not draining properly. Improper draining may lead to your pump overheating and burning out. Make sure that your washers drain hose is inserted the proper distance into the wall drain and that it is secured in some fashion. Plastic tie or tape the drain to one of your water hoses to make sure the water pressure caused by draining doesn’t force it back out of the wall drain.
5. If you do all this and your machine fails to turn on when you try it out, be sure and check your breaker. The last residents may have turned the breaker off when they got ready to disconnect and move the machine, a smart safety step. Check to make sure the breaker is flipped on and working correctly and supplying power to your washer.
By sticking to these guidelines, you should be able to get your washer from your old home to your new one with a minimal amount of headaches.