How to Install a Washing Machine

Upgrading to a new washing machine is an investment that pays off with more efficient laundry days for years to come.

However, before you can take advantage of all those new, modern features, you'll need to get your new washer installed and hooked up. This can feel like a daunting task, but don't worry – at Hoover, we'll guide you through the entire washing machine installation process!

Read on to learn all about preparing and installing your new washing machine, plus how ordering from Hoover can take all the stress out of installation.

How to prepare to connect a washing machine

Before your new washing machine arrives, you’ll need to prepare your space.

The first step is ensuring you have the right supplies and connections ready before your new appliance arrives. For a washing machine, you'll need access to:

  • A grounded electrical outlet in close proximity to where you’re planning on keeping your washing machine
  • Hot and cold water supply lines with shutoff valves
  • A standpipe or laundry tub

Removing your old washing machine

If you’re replacing your old washing machine, you’ll need to remove your old appliance before the new one arrives. To do this:

  • Turn off and unplug your old washing machine and pull it out slightly so you can access the back
  • Turn off the water supply to stop water running to/from the dishwasher
  • Disconnect the hose pipe from the back of the washing machine. You should have a bucket or container and a towel to hand, so you can catch any water that is left in the pipe
  • Next, disconnect the hose pipe from the wall using pliers. Again, catch any remaining water in a bucket or container
  • Remove the drain hose
  • If you’re not installing your new machine instantly, use a blanking cap to prevent any leaks from the waterpipe
  • Dispose of your old washing machine. For free removal, check options with local charities or the council. Many manufacturers – like Hoover! – also offer recycling services when you buy a new appliance.

With those essentials sorted, you’re ready to begin the installation process.

Fitting and plumbing a washing machine: A step-by-step guide

Once your new washing machine arrives at home, it’s time to get it up and running! While individual installation instructions will vary depending on your model, you can use this checklist as an overview:

  1. Clear the area where your washing machine will be placed and give it a thorough clean to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. If your washing machine requires any assembly, refer to the manual to properly assemble components like levelling legs or control knobs.
  3. Carefully move the washer into the installation area and place it in the final position. Use the levelling legs to ensure it's perfectly balanced. As washing machines are heavy appliances, we’d recommend two people lift and move the machine together.
  4. Next, it’s time to start connecting the washing machine. Begin by attaching the drain hose pipe. Secure it tightly to prevent any leaks.
  5. Connect the hot and cold water supply hoses to the valves on the washer.
  6. Slowly turn the shutoff valves to restore the water supply. Check for any drips or leaks from the hose connections and tighten them if needed.
  7. Plug the washing machine power cord into the grounded electrical outlet.
  8. Before loading any laundry, run the washer through one complete cycle and keep an eye out for any excessive vibration or problems.

 And that's it – you've successfully installed your new laundry machine!


Let Hoover take care of your washing machine installation

Of course, while a DIY install can be rewarding, we understand if you'd rather leave it to the professionals. In fact, some manufacturers require professional installation to ensure the warranty is still valid, so always double-check your warranty terms before tackling installation yourself.

For added peace of mind, at Hoover, we offer expert washing machine installation when you purchase any new model. Our technicians will deliver your new appliance and handle the job from start to finish. No heavy lifting required on your part! Just sit back and get ready to enjoy the sparkling clean results of your new high efficiency washing machine.

Ready to start exploring new washing machine models? Look no further than Hoover. From high-quality washing machines to convenient washer-dryer combos, we have all the options you need to revolutionise laundry day!