How To Prepare Your Washing Machine For Your Next Move

23 March 2016
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If you are moving houses, then you want to make sure that your most expensive belongings make it safely from one residence to the next, and your appliances are by far some of the most pricey things in your home. One of these expensive items is your washing machine, that is likely to cost an average of $275 and $450. If you have a model that is energy efficient or contains many features, then it may cost you over $600. While your moving professionals can handle moving your washer properly without damaging it, you will need to do your part to make sure the washer is ready for the moving crew. 

Remove All The Water

Your washing machine works when water is pulled into the appliance through the water inlet valve and it sprays into the tub part of the device. The water moves through the holes of the inner tub to fill the outer tub first, and then the inner tub is filled. When water drains from the appliance, it does so through a drainage line underneath the outer tub. A water pump pulls the water through this line and out through an attached drainage hose. While most of the water releases through the drainage system, a small amount is likely to remain. If this water is left within the outer tub, then the vibrations during the move may be able to force the water around the seals of the washing machine that generally keep fluid out of the inner components of the appliance. The outer tub seal as well as the center post gasket are two areas where this can happen. 

You can prevent water from flowing near the drive motor, pulley system, drive shaft, and transmission of the washing machine by making sure that all water is drained thoroughly from the appliance. To do this, gently pull the washing machine away from the wall and remove the drainage tube from the drain line. The tube is usually attached with a hose clamp, so loosen the screw on the clamp to remove it. Pull the hose from the drain and set it in a shallow bucket placed on the floor. You want the hose to sit close to the floor so gravity can assist with the drainage process. Gently tip your washing machine forward, to the right, to the left, and then backward. This will force water from the tub and through the drainage hose located on the back of the appliance. 

Stop The Tub And Agitator From Moving

If you ask your movers to move your washing machine without preparing it first, then the agitator and tub can swing around and move while in transit. This can cause damage to the agitator, the center post, the center post gasket, and the rubber belts attached to the center post. To stop this from happening, secure shipping bolts along the back side of the washing machine. These shipping bolts should have been removed when your appliance specialist initially installed your washing machine, and they are often provided with the manual that came with the device. If you have these bolts, then place them into the three or four open holes that sit along the back metal plate. These bolts will keep the tub and agitator in place.

If you do not have these bolts, then you can purchase universal varieties from your local appliance specialist, or you can buy replacements from the appliance manufacturer. If you cannot find the bolts, you can also purchase moving kits that contain foam inserts that sit in between the tub and the metal top of the washing machine to keep it from moving. You should also place a sheet around the agitator as well to protect it from movement and damage. 

For more tips and help while moving your washing machine, communicate with local moving companies in your area.