How to Hook Up a Washer & Dryer in an Apartment

Adding a washer and dryer to an apartment can bring an immense amount of relief for the apartment-dweller.

Hook up a washer and dryer.Hook up a washer and dryer.
Having to drag along a bag full of coins and contend with long lines for the washers is enough to send anyone to the store. Many apartments do not come equipped with washer and dryer connections. But if your apartment has these options available, learn how to connect the appliances correctly to avoid finding yourself back at the dreaded laundromat.

Maneuver the washer and dryer into positions that will allow both to connect to the outlets at the same time.

Connect the dryer to the three-pronged electrical outlet located on the wall. The prong is larger than a regular wall socket and very distinct. The outlet is usually a safe distance from the washer and dryer connections to avoid contact with water.

Turn off the gas before attaching the dryer to the gas line if the dryer is gas powered instead of electric. It is best to consult with a technician from your gas company for the hookup.

Look for a cylinder opening in the wall. Place the dryer hose, commonly referred to as the exhaust duct, over this small circular opening. This will allow hot air and other uncollected lint debris to leave the dryer. A lint trap is usually built into the dryer to collect lint particles from the clothing.

Position the washer facing toward you and connect the rubber lines to the corresponding hot- and cold-water spouts. If the spouts do not say which is which, hold an empty water jug under one spout and turn it on. If the water eventually runs hot or warm, connect the hot-water line to this spout.

Plug the washer into the wall outlet. Make sure that the water connections are tight and have a seal around them to avoid water leakage traveling into the electrical outlets.

Turn on the water spouts after the washer is connected properly. The washer should have a sensor that knows when water is flowing. This will allow the water to stop flowing from the water spouts into the washer when not in use.

Tip

  • If the dryer starts shaking while it is drying, check the floor to make sure it is resting on an even floor.

Warning

  • Failing to properly hook up a washer and dryer to the correct pipes could result in water dripping, a flooded home and possible electrical shock.

About the Author

Khalidah Tunkara is an accomplished freelance writer and journalist based in Atlanta, Ga. Tunkara began her writing career in 1994 and attended Georgia Perimeter College. Her articles have appeared in "The New Trend," "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," eHow.com and Trails Travel. Tunkara is the featured Headline News writer for the Examiner.