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With colossal tasks such as moving a washing machine,
there’s no shame in calling the big guns, also known as professional movers, to
help you out. For the sake of your washing machine’s safety alongside yours,
it’s actually the better option. A fair amount of people don’t really ponder
upon things like how to move a washing machine. Simply because the challenge,
stress and risk the task poses is not often worth the effort of handling it
However, this in no way means that you can’t move a washing machine by yourself. Takes a certain amount of strength, discipline, dexterity and planning. Of course, you will also need some helping hands and the right tools to handle the task. So for those with the time, energy and willingness to take care of this themselves, we’re here to help you with this mammoth of a task! Read on to learn about how to move a washing machine with our elaborate guide.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
When it comes to moving a washing machine yourself, we have
a clear mantra. Bigger the task, the more intricate the plan should be. So
firstly, you might have to make some calls. Assemble a team of capable women or
men to help you out. Of course, if you’re living with your family, you could
check with them. See if one of your family members is up to the task.
However, you wouldn’t need more than one or a maximum of two
people, unless you have a gigantic washing machine. Avoid calling more people
than required. It will only slow down the process of moving the washing machine
and won’t help your case. At the same time, it’s important to make sure that
you involve the people who you trust and can handle the task.
You should be accounting for the weight and the height of
your washer before you ask anybody for help. Now this can vary from one brand
to another, but normally, the small size washing machine is around 130 to 150
pounds in weight. Weight of the medium one can range between 160 to 180 pounds
and for the larger ones, it can start from approximately 190 pounds or so. The
upper limit can stretch as high as 250 pounds in some cases too.
1. Pipe Wrench
The use of this tool would be to aid you in the process of
removing the hoses from the wall, water source or the washer itself. When a
hose is attached for a long period of time, it becomes a bit difficult to
detach it, which is why you will need the wrench.
2. Adjustable Plier
Once again, the purpose of an Adjustable Plier remains the
same. It will come in handy to loosen the hose and help you get it off.
Normally, either one would suffice. But it’s not like having an extra tool in
general is going to do you any harm.
3. Moving Blankets/Furniture Blankets
Both are essentially the same thing. If you have really well
padded thick blankets at home, you can use that too. Basically, you will need
moving blankets to safeguard the washer and wrap it up too when moving. You
want it padded well, which is where these blankies come in handy.
4. Stretch Wraps
Now this sheet of plastic serves the objective of nicely
wrapping up the washer, once the padding is taken care of. The idea is to hold
the padding in place and avoid moisture or dirt seeping in.
5. Moving Dolly/ Push Cart Dolly
You weren’t planning on lifting the washing machine yourself, were you? Good! Besides, even if you could, it’s better to use a moving dolly for this task. It would also help when you have to load it onto the vehicle. Or for that matter get it out of your house.
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6. Duct Tapes
Any good industrial grade packing tape will do in this
regard. The point of it is to make sure the padding blanket holds still and
doesn’t come off. Which is why a proper strong packing tape will be useful in
7. Washer User Manual
Please do not underestimate the importance of this. You will
need to refer to this as often as possible when you will be taking care of
disconnecting the washing machine. As every washer is different, it will really
help to know how yours works and avoid any wrong moves.
9. Transit Bolts
We hope you didn’t get rid of these when you had purchased
your washing machine. You will need to screw them in again to make sure the
drum of your washing machine sits in place during the move. The transit Bolts
will be very specific to your model and make of the washing machine. In case
you misplaced it, check online or an electronic store nearby if you can get
transit bolts for the exact model and make of your washing machine.
You will need this to bolt and unbolt the screws and get it
fixed inside the slots for transit bolts. Basically, it’s all about putting in
the bolt head, attaching the tool and then ensuring it’s fixed tightly.
11. Moving Straps/Rope
Either one can work, as long as they’re sturdy enough and
have enough tensile strength. You will need these to tie up the washing machine
for when it’s going to be transported.
12. Ramp Slope
Since you’re going to be moving a washing machine by
yourself, it’s important to have a Ramp Slope for your van or vehicle. If you
don’t have one, try to borrow it from someone or see if you can rent it. In
case that’s not an option, just but one, it’s a good investment.
Think of this as the preparation phase of moving a washing
machine. We will take you through this phase step-by-step, because it’s not as
straightforward as unplugging the washer. Also, keep in mind that while this
section will be applicable to almost every washing machine on a broad level,
there will be certain specific areas which will be unique to your washer. It’s
for those unique aspects that you’ll have to refer to your washer’s user manual.
Step 1: Cleaning The
In a case where there are strong remnants inside the drum,
you will need to clean it up. This could be an unfortunate situation where you
had washed your clothes recently and forget to rinse the drum. Ideally, we
would recommend using the washing machine to rinse the drum with clean water.
It’s kind of like killing two birds with one stone, since
the clean water would also push out any remains of the detergent on your hose.
But of course, don’t forget to remove any clothes you might have left inside.
Hopefully, this is a part you will have the luxury to skip. Not like it would
take too much time anyway.
Step 2: Switch The
Washer Off And Unplug
This should be the undisputed second step. You should always
tread on the side of safety. Whatever checks you want to perform on your
washer, it can wait till after you have turned off the power from the main
socket, then unplugged the cable. The ideal scenario when taking care of this
step is one where your washing machine is all set to move. In any case, you
shouldn’t have any clothes inside by this point. But you still have to do some
Step 3: Creating
Space To Operate
Washing Machines are often placed against a wall in the
garage or a laundry room, with the power points and water supply either behind
it, above it or somewhere around it. It’s really important for you to be able
to access the backside of the washing machine to handle everything related to
the cable, hose and water supply.
So you would have to move the washer ahead to create enough
space for you to be able to comfortably reach and access the backside of the
washing machine. However, you will have to be careful. Ensure that you don’t
stretch the water pipes and hose while you’re making enough space for yourself
to operate and access all parts of the washer.
Step 4: Drying The
Think of this part as Cleaning: Part Deux. You will have
taken care of cleaning the drum, but it would still quite likely be really wet.
So you can use a dry cloth to wipe off the droplets and remains of the rinsing
process. If there are any dry stains of soap outside the drum, in and around
the body of your washing machine, you can use a mildly dampened cloth to wipe
that off too. While you’re at it, just use the opportunity to clean the washing
machine in general.
Step 5: Turn Off The
In most cases, these valves can be found right behind your
washing machine. The objective here is to stop the water supply by rotating the
tap, nozzle or value in a clockwise direction. Make sure you do this till the
point that it can’t be turned any further. You could have both a hot and cold
line of water supply or just one single line of pipe that’s attached to your
washer. So if there are multiple water supplies to your washer, be sure to turn
it all off.
Step 6: The Bucket
And The Towels
The intricate steps involved in moving a washing machine can
be a slippery slope. Especially when it comes to the part where you have to
disconnect the washing machine. To avoid such slippery setbacks, you have to
plan for things like the leaking hose. So once you have enough room around the
pipes behind the washer, place a few dry towels below them. Then above those
towels you placed, keep a bucket below the hose from where it can leak.
Step 7: Off Come The
Hoses, Out Comes The Water
Hope you have the adjustable plier or Pipe Wrench handy, now
is when you’re going to be needing it. Use either one to grab the mouth of the
hose and then detach it. Once you’ve unplugged the hose from the main water
supply, point it towards the bucket and drain out the water left inside it. Do
this for both the hot and cold water pipes.
Your next step would be to go on and remove the pipe from
the machine as well. Basically, get it out from both sides, the machine and the
water supply. Then once again, drain out the water in the bucket. Once you’ve
taken care of entirely emptying the water from the hoses, path them dry with an
extra dry towel or cloth.
After this, you will have to do the same process for the
hose that’s responsible for draining water out from the machine. This is often
different from the one that’s responsible for water supply to the drum. So like
we mentioned above, drain the hose out completely first, and then you can
detach it from the washing machine.
Step 8: The Transit
Before you do anything here, just have a look at the user
manual of your washing machine. In some cases, there are usually four spots
placed in all directions, on the backside of the washer. Generally, this is the
case with front load washing machines. But again, it can be different for each
brand or model. So first you should figure out where the spots are for fitting
the Transit Bolts. Once you have identified that, you should check how it works
in your case.
Just so you know, this is actually a simple task once you
have established this. All you have to do is put in the bolts in the right
spot, rotate it in a clockwise direction, then make use of either a socket or a
spanner. For that, first use the spanner to attach it to the bolt head that you
partially screwed in the spot. Then, you just have to keep turning it around in
a clockwise direction and tighten it up. Do this for all the spots dedicated to
the Transit Bolts.
This is the final part, the one where you will need those
helping hands we had mentioned earlier. First thing’s first, move it to a spot
where you have enough space to carry out the wrapping and packing. If your
laundry room or garage has enough space, then you’re good to do the task there
itself. You might have to shift it a little, which is fine. But in another
case, you might have to make use of the dolly to move it to a room where you
can do the packing.
Step 1: The
The Hose, the cable, the nozzle and any other detachable
parts of your washing machine should be packed individually. Wrap these up in
furniture blankets, then string them up with a rope. You can also use a moving
strap in this case. Also, you don’t have to wrap it all up together in one
blanket. You can use 2 or even 3, depending on how many parts are there. Once
done wrapping it all up, you can just place them inside the drum, if padded
Step 2: Padding The
Get the moving blankets, wrap it around the washing machine
completely. If it’s a pretty thick and dense blanket, once should be enough.
You can also choose to double up the layer of blanket if you think the padding
isn’t enough. When doing this, also make sure that the blanket is also tucked
in at the bottom part. Make sure that one person is holding the blanket in
place for you to be able to carry out the second step.
Step 3: Wrapping The
While your deputy is holding the blanket in place, use the
stretch-wrap all across the washer. You should start from the top, then move
downward as you keep wrapping. As you keep wrapping, don’t forget to go below
the washing machine, tuck it in, then again keep wrapping in the upward
direction. So once you do the whole wrapping from top-bottom, then continue it
from the bottom-top, your padding will be held firmly in place.
Step 4: Taping The
As an added precautionary measure, make use of the packing
tape here. It’s all about avoiding the possibility of the padding coming off,
so it’s best to seal the stretch-wrap in place just as well.
Now, for the actually heavy duty task, you will have to get
your moving dolly.
Step 1: Placing It On
One of you should lift the washing machine just a little
from one side. The other person should be slipping the dolly below the lifted
area. Then, you can let the washing machine rest on the dolly. Just make sure
you shift it inside so it isn’t hanging out.
Step 2: Strapping The
Washer To The Dolly
After you’ve properly placed it on the dolly, make use of
the moving straps or rope to firmly hold the washing machine with the dolly so
that there’s no way it can shift or slip out.
Step 3: Loading It To
Have your helping hand set-up the ramp, then slowly and carefully slide it up the ramp and place it in the vehicle. As an added measure, you can also strap or rope the dolly to one side of your vehicle so it doesn’t move or shift around during the bumps on the road. If someone is going to be personally manning the dolly with the machine, then you can avoid this step.
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There’s certainly no denying that moving a washing machine yourself is a task that is taxing to a good extent. But with some help, it’s certainly doable. Just a word of advice though. It’s best to avoid moving a washing machine yourself altogether if you’re going to have to bring it down from a long flight of stairs. That’s just too much of a risk. But if you live in a building with a functional elevator or a house with no stairs, you’ll have it rather easy. Like we said, it’s definitely something you can do yourself. So don’t worry, you got this!
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