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How to Disconnect a Washing Machine

29th June 2021

Most people don’t know how to disconnect a washing machine. How do you stop the water from flowing? How do you drain the tub? How do you turn off the power supply? How can you tell if it’s unplugged or not? Here are some instructions for how to disconnect a washing machine.

Turn off the water supply

Turn off the hot water supply by turning both valves clockwise. Turn off the cold water supply by turning it counterclockwise.

Use a rag to cover any exposed pipe connections, or turn on your hose so that there is an even flow of water over them to avoid this risk.

Cover up any plugged in electrical appliances that surround the washing machine to prevent an electrical shortage.

Disconnect the power supply to the machine

Disconnect the power supply to your washing machine by turning off the circuit breaker for it.

Check that no other appliance is plugged into this outlet before doing so, as you don’t want to accidentally turn off any of these devices.

Unscrew any screws that are holding in place any hoses

Unscrew any screws that are holding in place the hoses, cables or wires on your washing machine. Common screws that are used to hold down these parts are usually Phillips head screws, so a Phillips or flat head screwdriver may be required.

Remove any cables that are connected to the hoses and/or wires plugged into your machine via those same holes. None should come out easily, so try pulling them with a little bit more force than you did when they were first installed.

If you have a hard time unscrewing them, use an appropriate tool such as a wrench or pliers.

Grab every wire and hose in sight and pull them out from their respective holes to loosen them and then pull out the cable from its socket by hand. It is recommended to keep these pipes and wires managed to make it easier to reconnect them if you are getting your washing machine repaired.

Clean them thoroughly before putting back together

It is important to clean these components as they have been in a moist and often dark location whichare prime candidates for fungal growth.

Use a large bowl of hot water and dishwashing soap to scrub the connectors with your hands or an old toothbrush, paying special attention to all ridges. Rinse them thoroughly after you have finished cleaning them.

Put everything back in their proper places

If you followed the step mentioned previously about managed the pipes and wires then this step should be a breeze.

Turn on your light for better visibility while working with wires and pipes. Now it is time to reconnect the machine by following these steps:

Reconnect all pipes from the washer making sure they are tight and not leaking.

Reconnect all electrical wires, making sure they are secure and there is a good connection.

Make sure the door and detergent drawer is fully secured.

Turn the water back on at your home’s main valve.

Turn on the washing machine and do a full wash cycle to make sure it is working properly and leaksare not occurring.

The Arc Appliances team has had a lot of experience with disconnecting washing machines. If you’re looking for an appliance store that can help you find the perfect new machine, we’d love to chat about what we have in our showroom or how we could install your new washer where it will be most convenient and still do its job effectively! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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