How to Install a Front Load Washer

Front load washers use less water and less electricity than the standard top load models.
When it comes time to replace the old washer, consider replacing with a front load washer. There are many styles and sizes available to meet your individual needs. Front load washers are not difficult to install and can start saving you money immediately. New front load washers use locking bolts to secure the drum for transport. You must remove the transport packaging before using your new front load washer.

Step 1

Position the front load washer within three feet of its working location. Remove the four bolts on the rear of the washer that lock the drum for transport with a socket wrench. The four bolts will come out along with plastic spacers.

Step 2

Remove the two locking screws at the bottom edge of the rear panel that secure the locking bars in place with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the locking bars straight out and set them aside. Inside a plastic bag there will be four large plastic plugs and two small plugs. Press these plugs into the back of the washer where the transport bolts were located.

Step 3

Pull the drain hose from the shipping clips on the back of the washer. Place the end of the drain hose into U-shape plastic form that comes with the washer. Snap the end of the hose around the form until the form locks into place over the hose. Place the end of the hose inside the house drain standpipe with the hook draping the pipe.

Step 4

Install the rubber washers on each end of the water supply hoses that come with the washer. The hoses have color codes to help the installation process. One hose will have red ends for the hot water supply. The other hose will have blue ends for the cold water supply. The back of the washer will have letter designations for hot and cold above the hose connections.

Step 5

Wrap the threads for the water hose connections on the back of the washer with plumber's tape. Also wrap the threads on the house water supply spigots with the plumber's tape.

Step 6

Connect the cold water supply hose to the cold water wall spigot and the hot water supply hose to the hot water wall spigot. Thread them on by hand and then tighten two-thirds of a turn with a pair of channel lock pliers. Connect the cold water supply hose to the inlet with a “C” on the back of the washer. Connect the hot water hose to the inlet with an “H” on the back of the washer. Thread the hoses by hand and then tighten with pliers another two-thirds of a turn. Turn the wall spigots on and check the water supply connections for leaks.

Step 7

Move the front load washer to its working location. Place a 4-foot level across the top of the washer to check the levelness of the washer. If the washer is not level, lift the front of the washer and place a block of wood under the front edge of the washer. Adjust the front feet up or down using a wrench. Lift the washer front and pull the block of wood out from under the washer. Check the level and adjust as necessary.

Step 8

Open up the washer door and remove any packing materials. It is a good idea to rotate the drum by hand a couple of turns. This will dislodge any material you may not see at first. Close the washer door and plug the washer into the wall outlet.

Things You Will Need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Plumber's tape
  • Channel lock pliers
  • 4-foot level
  • Block of wood
  • Wrench set

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.