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How to Move a Washer and Dryer

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Once considered a luxury, washers and dryers are now a staple of convenience in nearly every household. While many homeowners opt to leave these bulky, difficult-to-move appliances behind when relocating, purchasing new units after your move can be a costly expense. If you have recently purchased a brand new set, taking your washer and dryer with you to your new home may be imperative.

If you are planning on transporting these heavy appliances in your upcoming move, this helpful guide will explain the process step-by-step.

Preparing the dryer

  1. Remove the hose from the back of the dryer. Loop the hose and store it inside the unit so it is easily accessible when you reconnect the dryer in your new home.
  2. For an electric dryer: Unplug the unit, wind up the cord and secure it with tape to the back of the dryer. This will keep the cord safely out of the way so it doesn't become caught on anything during the move or present a safety hazard.
  3. For a gas dryer: Make sure you turn off your gas connection before attempting to move the dryer. Remove the hose, loop it and store in inside the unit. Make sure the area is well-ventilated in case of any leakage.

Preparing the washer

  1. Turn off the water connection to your washer before attempting to move it.
  2. 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.
  3. Disconnect the cold and hot water hoses from the rear of the washer, loop them and store them inside of the unit.
  4. 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.

Moving the washer/dryer

  1. Acquire an appliance dolly to transport your units. Appliance dollies are larger than standard dollies to effectively move cumbersome items like washers and dryers.
  2. With the assistance of a friend, shimmy the unit away from the wall so that you can fit behind it.
  3. Mount the appliance onto the dolly by carefully tipping the unit away from the dolly as your friend slides it underneath the dryer. Gently set the washer or dryer down onto the dolly.
  4. Next, secure the unit to the dolly with bungee cords or straps to keep it in place.
  5. To move the unit, carefully tilt the dolly backwards and push forward. Slowly maneuver the dolly throughout your home, being wary of doorways and corners.
  6. To move the appliance down stairs, it is best to go bottom first. Slowly move the dolly downwards one step at a time. Have your helper at the other end of the dolly to help support the weight.
  7. To load the units onto the moving truck, walk the dolly up the truck's ramp if you have one. If not, enlist the aid of several strong friends to hoist the washer and dryer up onto the truck. Remember to bend your knees and to keep your back straight when lifting heavy items to prevent injury.

Connecting the washer

  1. 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.
  2. 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 simply feeding it into the receiver.
  3. 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

  1. If you have a gas dryer, make sure the gas is turned off at the line near the dryer hookup before you begin. Turn off the circuit breaker that powers the dryer.
  2. 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.
  3. Plug the electrical cord into the outlet. Turn the power back on, as well as the gas if you have a gas dryer.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 9, 2013

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