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How To Install a Washing Machine

A new washing machine can make a big difference in your day-to-day, and they’re not hard to install as long as you have the right plumbing in place. If you’re replacing an old washing machine, you should have the hookups you need where you need them 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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Washer Installation: Before You Begin

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

  • Remove absolutely all packing materials from the washer, including the shipping base. Watch the videos below to see 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.

Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

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

Watch How to Install a Maytag® Top Load Washer

Top load and front load washers are equally easy to install, though the location of the hoses and power cord may be slightly different. Learn more about washer parts and placement

Watch How To Install a Maytag® Front Load Washer

The installation process is very similar for front and 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.

Hooking Up a Washing Machine Step-by-Step

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

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.

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. 

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.

Step 4: Connect inlet hoses to water faucets

  • Attach a hose to the hot water faucet. Water hoses should be replaced every 5 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.

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. Plus, 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.

Step 8: Level the washer

  • Move the washer to its final location. Place a level on the top and against the sides of the washer to ensure levelness. Rock 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.

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