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Hooking Up a Washer: How to in 8 Easy Steps

Installing a new washing machine can make a big difference in your day-to-day routine. If you’re replacing an old washing machine, you should already have the plumbing hookups you need so you can simply swap machines.

If you don’t have hookups in your desired washer location, contact a professional to help get your laundry space up and running. For more information on how to prepare, read this guide to getting ready for appliance delivery and installation.

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Installing a Washing Machine: Video Walkthroughs

For a hands-on demonstration, refer to the videos below for top load washer installation and front load washing machine installation, including slight variations between the two configurations.

How to Install a Top Load Washer

Top load and front load washers have a similar installation process, though the location of the hoses and power cords may be slightly different. Learn more about washer parts and placement for your installation process.

How to Install a Front Load Washer

The installation process is very similar to top load washers, though front load washers are stackable. If you want to save space by stacking, read the Maytag® guide to stacking front load washers and dryers.

Follow the guide below for step-by-step instructions and the supplies needed to install your washing machine. Refer to your product’s installation guide for specific directions. If you have any questions or concerns, consult a professional for assistance.

Washer Hookup: Before You Begin

Once your appliance has been delivered, make sure you have what you need to start the washer installation process:

  • Remove all packing materials from the washer, including the shipping base. Watch the videos above to learn how to remove packaging from the bottom of the washer.

  • Check inside the washer for the installation instructions and the drain hose. The steps in this guide are generalized, so model-specific instructions will be your best resource. You’ll need the drain hose to hook up the washer. 

  • Find another person to help you move the appliance in place or lift it when leveling.
  • If you have them, install washer or dryer pedestals onto your machines before hooking them up.

Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

  • Hot and cold water hoses with flat washers 
  • 1 ¾" Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench that opens to 14mm
  • Level
  • Utility knife
  • Bucket
  • Cable tie

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Laundry pair installed in a laundry room. Laundry pair installed in a laundry room.

How to Hook Up a Washing Machine Step-by-Step

Once you’ve removed all the packing materials and have your tools and washer in place, follow these steps on how to hook up a washing machine.

Person unplugging the power cord from the back of a washer. Person unplugging the power cord from the back of a washer.

Step 1: Free the power cord

  • Find the power cord in the back of the washer. Firmly grasp it and pull it out of the rear panel. 
  • Gently place it over the washer console to allow free access to the back of the washer.
Peron securing a drain hose. Peron securing a drain hose.

Step 2: Attach drain hose to drain port

  • Look for a red plastic plug in the back of the washer. This will be the drain port. Remove the plug. 

  • A clamp should have been included with the drain hose. Place the clamp on the elbow end (bent end) of the hose if it’s not already there. Slide the elbow end of the drain hose over the drain port and tighten the clamp with the wrench. 

A black drain hose and water valves. A black drain hose and water valves.

Step 3: Place drain hose in standpipe

  • A u-shaped drain hose form should have been included with the hose. Apply the form to the free end of the hose if it isn’t already in place. The hose opening should then be facing down. 

  • Place the hose into the standpipe or over the side of the utility sink. 

  • Only 4.5 inches of the drain hose should be inside the standpipe. Do not force any excess hose into the standpipe.

Person connecting drain hose to water valve. Person connecting drain hose to water valve.

Step 4: Connect inlet hoses to water faucets

  • Attach a hose to the hot water faucet. Water hoses should be replaced every five years. Screw it in by hand until it is secured on the faucet. 

  • Use pliers to tighten the coupling an additional two-thirds turn. 

  • Repeat with the other hose on the cold water faucet. Do not over-tighten or use sealant or tape on the valves and hoses. It could cause damage.

Step 5: Clear the water lines

  • Run water for a few seconds through the hoses into a sink or bucket to avoid clogs. Run the water until it’s clear.

  • Make note of which hose is connected to hot water to help you attach the hoses to the washer correctly.

Person connecting drain hose to the back of a washer. Person connecting drain hose to the back of a washer.

Step 6: Connect inlet hoses to washer

  • Attach the hot water hose to the hot water inlet valve marked with a red ring. Screw the coupling by hand until it is snug. Use pliers to tighten the coupling an additional two-thirds turn. Repeat with the cold water inlet valve.

  • Turn on the water faucets to check for leaks. A small amount of water may enter the washer. Don't worry, it will drain later.

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Replace inlet hoses every five years

To reduce the risk of hose failure, replace them every five years. Record hose installation or replacement dates for future reference. Periodically inspect and replace hoses if bulges, kinks, cuts, wear or leaks are found.

Step 7: Secure the drain hose

  • Use a cable tie to secure the drain hose to the drain standpipe, sink leg or one of the inlet hoses to keep it from shaking loose when the washer is in use.
Control panel of a Maytag® Washer. Control panel of a Maytag® Washer.

Step 8: Level the washer

  • Make sure to level the washer in its final location.  Place a level on the top and against the sides of the washer to ensure stability. Rock the washer back and forth to make sure all four feet make solid contact with the floor.

  • If the washer isn’t level, use adjustable pliers to turn the plastic leveling foot counterclockwise to lower the washer or clockwise to raise the washer. Recheck the levelness of the washer and repeat as needed.

Person doing laundry with a white Maytag® laundry set Person doing laundry with a white Maytag® laundry set

Washer Installation - Common Questions

For common questions, refer to the following FAQs to ensure a smooth installation process for your washing machine.

Do I Need to Connect Hot Water to a Washing Machine?

Most washing machines will require one hot and one cold water connection during the installation process. The hot water inlet valve will likely be marked red and will connect to the hot water hose. Follow the same process for the cold water hose and inlet valve. If you have questions or concerns with water source hookups, consider consulting a licensed plumber for assistance.

Washing Machine Plumbing Installation: What Do You Need?

To hook up your appliance to the existing plumbing, you will need washing machine hoses, pliers and sometimes cable ties to connect the hot and cold water supply and inlet valves, respectively. For drainage and clearing the water lines, be mindful to have a bucket on hand to catch any water.

Should I Put a Drain Pan Under My Washer?

Drain pans are not required during the installation process. However, if you are concerned about water leaking while hooking everything up, feel free to use one. It is not recommended to leave it under your washer after installation as it could cause vibration or noises.

Can You Install a Washing Machine Yourself?

Enlist the help of another person any time you are handling large, bulky appliances. This helps to ensure a smooth installation process and prevent damage to the appliance and surrounding area. For professional services, learn more about contactless delivery and installation from Maytag.

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