Place the generator outdoors, away from windows or doors, under an open canopy or another protective cover that is well-ventilated. Fuel the unit according to the directions in the owner's manual.
Start the generator according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let the generator run a few minutes. Verify it is running correctly, according to the instructions.
Unplug any other appliance that may be attached to the generator. Attach the extension cord to the generator according to the manufacturer's instructions. Run it to the washing machine. Attach the washing machine power cord to the extension cord.
Check the generator to ensure it is still operating correctly. Turn on the washing machine to verify that it is pulling sufficient power to operate correctly.
Let the washing machine run a moment to bring its motor up to power. Don't run any other other appliances on the generator while you let the machine bring its motor up to power.
Things You Will Need
- Extension cord
- Check the washing machine owner's manual for its power requirements. Its power usage also will be listed on the faceplate on the back of the unit.
- Purchase a generator large enough to supply all your power needs in case of an emergency.
- Stagger the starting of appliances that may need more power initially, such as washing machines and refrigerators.