Before the moving truck arrives, make sure your washer is ready for moving. Regardless of whether it is front load or top load, it will still need to be properly prepared for moving. So how does one go about moving a washer?
Prepare The Washing Machine for Moving
Start the process of preparing your washer for moving several weeks ahead of time. If you need to order parts, or have problems finding the owner’s manual, it can take some time for them to come in. The first thing you should do to prepare is consult the owner’s manual. Don’t have the owner’s manual? Just search online for the brand, model and “owner’s manual.” For example, you might search for “Samsung WF520ABW/XAA owner’s manual” to find one online. If you still can’t find it, check with Manuals Online, or an appliance repair person may be able to order one for you.
Moving a Washer: Step-by-step How-to
For both top loader washing machines and front-loaders, follow the same directions (always consult the owner’s manual).
- Clean the washing machine. Run the empty machine through a normal wash cycle on hot. Instead of using detergent, use bleach or white vinegar. This cleans the drum and drain lines of detergent residue. Now, leave the lid open for 24 hours to allow it to dry.
- Shut off water supply. You should be able to do this by turning the hot and cold water supply valves clockwise. They are located behind the washing machine.
- Turn off power to the washing machine. You’ll do this from your home’s electrical panel.
- Unplug the washing machine.
- Disconnect the hoses from the valves. You’ll need a bucket handy in case water is still present in the hoses, and slip-joint pliers for removing the hoses. Disconnect both the hot and cold water supply hoses from their valves. Make sure to disconnect just one at a time, and make sure to hold it upright to keep water from spilling out.
- Disconnect the hoses from the washing machine. You’ll need slip-joint pliers for this, too.
- Remove drain hose from the back of the washer. This will depend on the type of washer you have – if it’s a spring clamp, you’ll squeeze the tabs together with your fingers. If it’s a screw-type clamp, you’ll remove the clamp with a screwdriver.
- Clean the outside of the washing machine.
- Install washer locks. This is where the instruction manual comes in handy. It will tell you how to prepare your specific washer for moving. You will need to install washer locks to keep the drum and other parts in place. If you no longer have the washer locks that originally came with your washer, you will need to purchase some. Contact the manufacturer to purchase them.
Moving a Washer: Moving and Loading
On moving day, after preparing the washer for the move, you will have to actually move the washer onto the moving trailer. To do this, first tape the cords and hoses to the back so that you don’t trip on them. You can pick up the washer with the help of a friend, but the actual moving will be easier with a dolly. Be sure to bungee cord the washer to the dolly so it doesn’t shift. You don’t want any damage!
Move the washer to the moving trailer and secure it with rope or ratchet straps. You can load items on top, just make sure to secure everything well. If you are concerned about scratching the finish, be sure you protect the washer by wrapping it with paper padding or stretch wrap. Be sure to tape the lid shut, too!
If you have other questions about packing a washer or other appliances, just leave a comment below.