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 How to connect a washing machineHow to connect a washing machine

Removing transit bolts diagram

Step 1: Remove the transit bolts

One of the first things you must do after removing all the packaging is to remove the 4 transit bolts from the back of the machine. The transit bolts are fitted to protect the washing machine from being damaged whilst it's being delivered.


Step 2:
Connecting the water

Cold water hoseCold fill machines

First screw the end of the water intake hose, the one with a right-angled bend to the valve on the back of the washing machine. Then screw the other end of the hose to the cold water supply valve with the blue tap and turn on the water.

Information  All washing machines sold nowadays are cold fill only. Originally, washing machines were connected to the cold and the hot water supply; because the hot water was used to supplement the heating process.

Blanking capBlank the hot water supply valve

It's always advisable to blank off the end of the surplus hot water supply valve with a Brass blanking cap and Washer to prevent potential leakages.


Hot and cold fill machines

Always make sure the hot & cold water intake hoses are the right way round when you screw then onto the valves at the back of the machine. (They're different from machine to machine)

 'Y' Piece Connector

No hot water supply?

Don't worry you just need to connect the hot and the cold intake hoses to the cold water supply valve using a ' Y ' Piece hose connector.  Your washing machine will heat up the water to the required temperature using the internal water heater.


ExclamationThe detergent will remain in the soap drawer

Itís also worth taking into consideration if you don't connect the hot water intake hose, your detergent will remain in the soap drawer instead of doing the wash. Because it's usually the hot water that rinses the detergent out of the soap drawer and into the wash.

Step 3: Draining the waste water

Connecting to a StandpipeConnecting to a standpipe

Make sure the drain hose raises from floor level to at least 2/3rd's the height of the machine, before dropping down into the standpipe. Because the water inside the machine could run straight out as it fills.

Waste hose hookAlso don't push the drain hose any more than 1/3rd the way down the standpipe, otherwise siphoning can result. Using a waste hose hook will secure the hose at the correct death.


Connecting to a Sink trap


Connecting to a sink trap


Before connecting the waste hose to the trap nozzle, remove the blue blanking plug from inside the nozzle. If your sinks trap is fitted with a straight nozzle and there's no blanking plug inside? You'll have to chop off the end of the blanking part of the nozzle, to enable the waste water to flow into the trap.

Firmly push the rubber end of the waste hose as far down the trap nozzle as possible, and secure the end of the hose tightly with a Jubilee clip to prevent leakages.

Information  Raise the height of the hose at some point

After connecting the drain hose to a trap, raise the height of the hose at some point so that it is higher than the outlet pipe from the sink Ė because the waste water from the sink can drain into the washing machine.


Waste hose connectorWaste hose too short?

If the waste hose of your washing machine is too short and doesn't reach your standpipe - or sink trap.

Youíll have to extend the waste hose with a second waste hose, using a Universal waste hose connector.  Firmly push the rubber ends of the waste hoses as far down the connector nozzle as possible and secure each end tightly with a Jubilee clip to prevent leakages.


Step 4: Levelling the machine

Leveling the machine
If your machine isn't Level it will vibrate. Vibration will cause the machine to be very noisy when spinning; and sometimes excessive vibration can make the machine move around.

Before moving your machine into its final resting location, you'll need to screw all the adjustable feet all the way into the chassis of the machine.

Once you've moved the machine into its final resting location, rock the machine back and forth to check for movement. If there is any movement, you'll need to adjust one of the front feet to level the machine.

Step 5: Testing the machine

After you've completed the previous four steps of connecting your machine and you've finally plugged the machine into the mains. We would recommend you do a quick test of the machine before you do the first full wash. The simplest way to test the machine is to run the machine empty on a Rinse and Spin program.

Wall Socket ( UK )

   Check the machine is filling with cold water 

Check that all the waste water has completely draining out the drum

   If you've connected the waste hose to the sink trap, check for leakages

   If you've extended the waste hose, check the connection for leakages

   Check the machine isn't vibrating when it's spinning

  With a Rinse and Spin program your machine should only be filling with cold water

If your machine is filling with hot water when rinsing? You've
accidentally connected the cold water intake hose to the hot water supply valve, instead of the cold water supply valve.


We can connect your washing machine

If after reading the above advice and you still feel you are unable to connect your machine yourself?

We can connect your washing machine for just:*   £25.00


Call: 01512812526


*  Please note: we only connect washing machines to your existing plumbing, we don't intall any new plumbing or repair your existing plumbing.


Information Also see our advice to . . .

> My washing machine is filling with water, when it's not in use?

> How to clean a smelly washing machine


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