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How to connect your washing machine

Find out how to get your washing machine up and running in no time with our helpful connection guide

If you’ve just got a new washing machine, it’ll need fitting properly before you can begin to enjoy your freshly clean clothes. We’re here to make sense of transit bolts, water valves, drain hoses and make connecting up as simple as possible for you.

Before we start

First things first, turn off the water supply at the water valve. It’s usually on the wall behind where your machine is going to go or under the sink. The last thing we want is a stream of water pouring out while you’re hooking everything up! Then, have a look for the transit bolts on the back of the machine; there will be three, four or five (if they’ve not already been removed). Take them out, keep them safe and cover the holes with the plastic caps. If you’re able to rotate the drum freely with your hand, you’ll know that all the bolts have been unscrewed correctly.

Step 1

Now you’re ready to connect the water to your washing machine. Grab the blue cold water hose and attach the angled end to the back of your washing machine. The other end can be hooked up to the cold water valve that will be in the wall or by the sink. If you have a hot water supply, this can be attached in the same way. Once everything is securely fastened up, it’s safe to turn your water back on. If you can hear a small burst of water, now is the time to enjoy a little ‘eureka’ moment!

Step 2

So, we’ve got water going in, now we need to ensure that waste water can get out. This is where the drain hose comes in:

  • Secure the hose to the machine by twisting firmly into position and attach to the drain on the wall behind the appliance. The hose itself needs to be at least 2 feet high to ensure that all that used water can escape properly.
  • If you’re connecting to a standpipe, the drain hose should be between 65 and 100cm from the ground and needs to be placed no more than 15cm inside the pipe.
  • If your waste system is under the sink, check that the blanking plug has been removed. It’s a little plastic cylinder, you won’t miss it. Secure the drain hose to the waste pipe and you’re done.

Step 3

All that’s left is to plug into a plug socket and carefully wiggle the machine into its home. If it feels unstable, adjust the front feet until they are level and balanced. Give it a quick test with a rinse cycle and wait for it to pass with flying colours!

DIY not your thing?

If you’re looking for a new washing machine and don’t fancy installing it yourself, we’re happy to do all the work for you! For more information, check out our installation page.