Washer/Dryer Installation

12/9/2021

Before you go ahead and buy your new washer and dryer, there are a few things to keep in mind so that you don’t end up buying an expensive appliance that doesn’t work in your home. There are many differences between the washers and dryers on the market, and plenty of changes in the appliances have probably come about since your current washer and dryer were being manufactured.

The most important factors for determining whether your new washer and dryer will work in your home are the 1) fit and the 2) connections. Go through this checklist while deciding which model of washer and dryer to buy so that you don’t have to end up returning them once they arrive.

Measure your space

Since there isn’t a standard size for washers and dryers, it’s not a guarantee that any model will fit in your laundry area. To avoid buying an appliance that’s too big to fit where you need it to, take exact measurements of your laundry area to reference when looking at which washer and dryer to buy. Leave a 6-inch space behind each appliance to keep the connections from getting damaged. Once you’ve taken the measurements, you can use the dimensions of models that you’re considering buying to map out how you would arrange your washer and dryer.

Check what utility connections you have

Even more important than having the perfect amount of space is making sure that you have the correct utility connections (electric, gas, water) to power your new washer and dryer. With the wrong connections or ones in poor condition, your appliances may not work or could even be a danger. Here are the connections you’ll need for washers and different dryers.

Connections for washers

  • Metal, corrosion-free water connection with a working water shut-off valve
  • A drain line with hot and cold faucets no more than 4 feet from the appliance

Connections for electric dryers

  • Electrical outlet, 220-volts, can be 3-pronged or 4-pronged
  • Ventilation line within 4 feet of the appliance (not all-electric dryers need vent lines, check with manufacturer)

Connections for gas dryers

  • Metal gas connection directly behind the appliance, working shut-off valve
  • 110-volt 3-prong electrical outlet (standard)
  • Vent line leading out of the building, located within 4 feet of appliance

Keep the door’s swing area in mind

When you’ve got your laundry area measured out, you can start to figure out how specific models you’re considering will fit in the space. When you do this, don’t forget the washer and dryer doors! There should be information on how large the doors are, and you can use that measurement to see if your appliance will fit in the space and open up freely.

Measure out the delivery path to the laundry room

The last thing you want is for your washer and dryer to arrive, only to find that there isn’t enough clearance to get your new appliances into the laundry room for installation. To make sure that you’re not wasting your time and money, figure out which path is best for the delivery crew to bring your appliances in through. This is as simple as finding the widest, shortest path you have to the laundry room and measuring the space, then comparing it with the dimensions of your desired washer and dryer. Make sure to measure doorways, stairways with rails, hallways, and anywhere with countertops or cabinets.

Aaron Swift Plumbing | Easy washer and dryer installation

The process of installing a new washer and dryer should be a relatively simple one, but depending on who you choose to install it, it may not go smoothly. Don’t waste your time, come to Aaron Swift Plumbing for your washer and dryer installation. We have been proudly serving Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne County since 1966. We’ve been successful for this long because we do the job right the first time, and we don’t waste time. We can check your utility connections to make sure everything is safe and in order, and we can install your new appliances fast.

To schedule a washer and dryer installation, give us a call at (586) 752-5808 or send in an online contact form!

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