When planning on moving your washer and dryer, the first consideration needs to be: “to move or replace.” Washers and dryers are a big investment and when planning a move, a decision must be made whether to move these appliances to your new home or to leave them with the home and buy new. Here are some things to think about:
- How old are your washer and dryer? If they are 15 years old, better to leave them and purchase new models.
- Will they fit in your new home, especially if you are downsizing to a smaller home or condo?
- Research new appliances before deciding. New washers and dryers offer many features and energy-saving options.
Prepare for moving your washer and dryer
Washers and dryers need to be properly protected from damage during a move or while in storage. You should consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s instructions on moving a washer or dryer.
Before the movers arrive
- Clean the appliances by running a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent residue. You can add a vinegar solution through the rinse cycle if there is hard-to-remove residue. Remove lint from the dryer lint filter and clean according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall and disconnect the washer hose. For a gas dryer, turn off the gas and remove the hose very carefully from the wall. Consult your gas company for assistance.
- Switch off the washer and dryer’s circuit breakers.
- Leave the washer door open for a few days to ensure that it is completely dry before moving or storing it.
- Store hoses and electrical wires inside the washer and dryer for safe keeping during the move.
Dolly.com provides a few extra tips and tricks to help you.
Be sure to use a dolly for moving your washer and dryer
The washer and dryer should be placed on a moving dolly and secured with bungee cords or rope. The washer and dryer should be moved in an upright position – do not lay them on their sides under any circumstances! A stackable washer/dryer should be moved and stored in an upright position as well.
Laying a washer and dryer on their sides can cause the inner and outer tubs to bump against each other, which can loosen support pads or damage the suspension. This can also cause the tubs to move out of alignment and cause problems in operation.
Wrap ‘er up!
To prevent scratches, broken doors or hinges while moving your washer and dryer, wrap blankets around the appliances. Blankets can be secured by tape, bungie cords, or rope.
Last, but not least
Load the washer and dryer into the moving truck last. These appliances will then be the first items removed when you are unloading at your new home.
If you have questions about moving or storing your washer and dryer, call one of our Ayer Moving and Storage relocation specialists at 800-23-6683.