The washing machine at home has become indispensable today. When buying a new machine, most washing machines are delivered and set up by the seller. But again and again the buyers do it themselves. Especially when buying a used washing machine or when moving. In addition to the special precautions for transport and connection, there are more points to consider. For example, aligning the washing machine. We have then summarized for you how and why you align the washing machine.
Also, don't rely on all washing machine installers
New washing machines are usually installed by the seller or the commissioned shipping company. On the one hand, they do not always work absolutely correctly and only do half the work, on the other hand, installing the washing machine must also be done by the buyer himself.
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Set up and connect used washing machines
Then there are all the washing machines that are bought used or that are used to move. It is essential to insist on a transport lock for used machines. You must also use the transport locks before transporting.
Note the special features of transport and relocation
Also keep in mind that you should never transport a washing machine on its side. Information on moving and securing the washing machine for transport can be found here.
Connect work to the washing machine
Accordingly, you should always take into account that you have to carry out various tasks when setting up the washing machine:
- Remove the transport locks
- connect the washing machine
- set the washing machine
Aligning the washing machine is often neglected
If you forget to remove the transport locks and then leave the washing machine running, you can cause serious damage. The situation is similar when aligning a washing machine, only that it is always completely underestimated.
Despite the dimensions, washing machines are precision machines
The washing machine must always be in the water, i.e. precisely aligned. Even if washing machines are heavy and bulky, they are still precision machines. There are numerous sensitive sensors, especially in modern devices. A wrongly aligned washing machine can also have very mundane consequences:
- Detergent runs in poorly and is increasingly deposited in the inlet
- the drain pump cannot work properly
- The drum bearings can wear out more quickly
- the shock absorbers and springs do not do their job one hundred percent
- the machine is less able to compensate for imbalances
- the washing machine hops
Don't underestimate the consequences of misalignment
Even if the washing machine appears to work properly at first. Some damage only occurs as a result of the premature wear of certain components. Brand washing machines in particular are designed so that the machines can operate up to 10.000 hours of operation should complete without problems.
A washing machine is set up here
In the case of cheaper devices, the service life is still around 5.000 operating hours. For example, if you need to move the washing machine bearings before this time, this may well be due to incorrect alignment.
Differences depending on the manufacturer and model
Aligning a washing machine is actually very easy. The following instructions for aligning a washing machine are accordingly short. The washing machine is set on the feet. These can be rotated. Like a thread, turn the feet out to the left (you lift the machine here) and to the right (this is how you lower the machine). Some devices have two feet for adjustment, with others all four feet are adjustable.
Step-by-step instructions for leveling a washing machine
- possibly insulating mat
- Water pump pliers
- Spirit level
1. Positioning the washing machine
First, put the washing machine in the position you want it to be in in the future. Take this opportunity to check how many adjustable feet your washing machine has. You also remove the transport locks.
2. Connecting the washing machine
You can now connect the inlet and outlet hose to a washing machine that you are installing again. Do not connect the power cable until the very end.
3. Aligning the washing machine
The washing machine must stand in the water sideways and deeply. Accordingly, place your spirit level on the washing machine to the side and low on each leg - even with the non-adjustable feet. Rotate them in the direction you want without twisting a page too far in or out.
Now you can plug in the washing machine and start a test run.Tips & Tricks Depending on the surface (extremely smooth or uneven, but also in rental apartments with people living below you) you can also put an insulating mat underneath. These are available specifically for washing machines.
If you want to place the dryer on the washing machine, follow our tips and purchase a base frame if necessary, which is very helpful and offers additional convenience.