Transporting a washing machine

Are you going to transport a washing machine, for example when you move? Then it is good to know how you can best go about this. Washing machines are very heavy, and because of their bulky size, transporting them is not easy. To avoid damaging the washing machine (or your back), here are some handy tips on moving a washing machine.

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How to transport a washing machine

Whether you’re moving or simply want to move your washing machine, transporting a washing machine is no simple task. You don’t do it every day, and the heavy weight combined with the unwieldy size makes moving a washing machine very awkward. A washing machine is so heavy because there are concrete weights at the bottom of the unit. These prevent the washing machine from vibrating or moving much during the spin cycle.

Are you going to move a washing machine? Below you can read step by step how to do it without risking damage. We hope you’ll find our tips useful!

Step 1: unload your washing machine

First of all, the preparation! Make sure your washing machine is completely empty before you start. Especially check the drum for things like socks that have gotten stuck.

Step 2: make sure there is no water in the system

Turn off the tap and disconnect the hose from the drain. There is always some water left in the hose, so keep a bucket handy and drain the hose well. You can place a towel near the front of the filter to catch the water from it. The filter is located behind a flap on the lower right side of the front of the washing machine.

Step 3: Secure the drum

To prevent damage to the drum, secure it with special bolts, brackets or pins. These should have been provided when you bought the washing machine. This protects the drum from damage during transport. In the manual of your washing machine you can read how and where to attach the pins.

Do you no longer have these brackets and pins? Then unscrew the top of the washing machine and fill the open space with towels or a pillow.

Step 4: Moving the washing machine

Washing machines are very heavy, even small ones can easily weigh 80 kilos. In addition, their dimensions make them very awkward to lift. Therefore, always move a washing machine with at least 2 persons and make sure that your back stays straight. To move a washing machine you will have to lift it. The best way to do this is to tilt it. When tilting, the end comes up. One person grabs the top of the washing machine and the other the bottom.

In addition, there are several tools that will help you move a washing machine. Make use of tools such as a trolley if you have one. Does it need to go up or down the stairs? Then consider using a moving elevator to bring the washing machine up or down the stairs. Less known – but just as useful – is the washing machine transport bag. This has handles so you have more grip. Especially on narrow stairs, a transport bag is useful because your arms are not folded around the heavy appliance.

 

Step 5: Transporting the washing machine

Make sure the washing machine stands upright in the moving van. This will keep the drum stable and prevent pressure on the pipes. When the washing machine is in the moving van, make sure it cannot move in any direction. A loose washing machine in a bus is not safe and the chance of damage, to the bus or the washing machine, is high. You secure the washing machine by clamping it between other furniture (provided they are sturdy enough) and/or by securing it with cables.

Step 6: Install the washing machine

Once the washing machine is properly positioned, plug it in and remove the shipping bolts. Also check that your washing machine is level and plug in the washing machine. You’re all set!

Hire a moving company

Would you rather not move your own washing machine? Then you can also choose to hire a moving company. Professional movers can easily transport your washing machine and they can also help you with the rest of your move.

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