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How to Pack and Move a Washer and Dryer

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While many homeowners leave these bulky, difficult-to-move appliances behind when moving, purchasing a new washer and dryer can be costly--especially if you recently purchased a new set. If you plan to take these heavy appliances with you to your new home, these helpful instructions will guide you through the process of preparing the washer and dryer for the move, getting them out of your home, and setting them up after you arrive at your destination.

Preparing the washer

  • Turn off the water connection to your washer before attempting to move it.
  • Turn on the warm water in the washer for about 30 seconds to release pressure from the hoses. Then drain all the water from the unit into a bucket.
  • Disconnect the cold and hot water hoses from the rear of the washer, loop them and store them inside of the unit.
  • Unplug the washer, then disconnect the drain hose from the wall, and secure both to the back of the unit with tape to keep them safely out of the way.

Preparing the dryer

  • Remove the hose from the back of the dryer, loop it and store it inside the unit so it is easily accessible when you reconnect the dryer.
  • If your dryer is electric, unplug it, wind up the cord and secure it to the back of the dryer with tape to keep it safely out of the way.
  • If your dryer is gas. make sure you turn off your gas connection before attempting it. Remove the hose, loop it and store in inside the unit. Make sure the area is well-ventilated in case of leakage.

Moving the washer/dryer

  • Use an appliance dolly to transport your units--they are larger than standard dollies and make it easier to move cumbersome and heavy items like washers and dryers.
  • Get a helper to move each unit away from the wall so that you can fit behind it.
  • Mount each appliance onto a dolly by carefully tipping the unit away from the dolly as your friend slides it underneath.
  • Gently set the washer or dryer down onto the dolly.
  • Tie the unit to the dolly securely with bungee cords or straps.
  • Carefully tilt the dolly backwards and push forward. Slowly maneuver the dolly throughout your home, being wary of doorways and corners.
  • When going down stairs, it is best to go bottom first. Slowly move the dolly downwards one step at a time. Have your friend at the other end of the dolly to support the weight.
  • To load the units onto the moving truck, walk the dolly up the truck's ramp if you have one. If not, gather several strong friends to hoist the washer and dryer up onto the truck.

Connecting the washer

  • Connect the hot and cold water hoses to the wall port and washer. The cold water valve will be marked "C" and the hot water valve marked "H" on both the wall and the unit.
  • Connect the drain hose to the port located on the lower back-side of the unit. Make sure the hose is pushed fully onto the fitting, and install the hose clamp to make it secure.
  • Insert the opposite end of the hose into the wall port marked "drain" by feeding it into the receiver.
  • Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.
  • Turn on both water valves at the wall service port and check for any leaks.

Connecting the dryer

  • If you have a gas dryer, make sure the gas is off at the line near the dryer hookup before you begin.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker that powers the dryer.
  • Attach the ductwork leading to the exhaust pipe to the dryer's exhaust port. Use a screwdriver to tighten the band securely.
  • Attach the ductwork to the exhaust pipe as well, tightening it with the screwdriver.
  • Plug the electrical cord into the outlet. Turn the power back on, as well as the gas if you have a gas dryer.

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on May 11, 2016 - Moving Expert
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