Before using a washing machine that has been in storage, especially for a long time, it is wise to be aware that new faults could appear so you should not just assume everything is ok and leave it running unattended. All appliances have the potential to develop a fault that wasn’t there before if they’ve been left unused for a long time. It’s partially due to things drying out, rotting or corroding, or seizing up – and partly one of life’s mysteries.
Installing & connecting a washing machine
Category list of all my articles related to connecting up a washing machine. The articles cover a very wide range of related issues - everything except the actual plumbing installation which is a plumbers job. It's well worth browsing through them, you might be surprised how interesting or useful some of them are.
Plumbing “misconnections” occur in various places around the house which can cause river pollution and contribute to flash flooding. However, my concern is focussed on washing machines and dishwashers. It surprised me, and may surprise you to learn that any one of us could be inadvertently contributing to damaging the environment.
I have an important message about misconnected appliances (washing machines and dishwashers) contributing to damaging the environment and how any one of us could be unwittingly part of the problem. This is part 2 where I describe my own experience of finding out I was “misconnected”, which will help you understand the issue more too. (Part 1 | Part 3)
You need to be careful when using extension leads and cables with washing machines. It’s not ideal to plug a washing machine permanently into an extension cable because it introduces an extra risk of electrical overheating. Miele for example say in their washing machine instruction book, "do not connect via an extension lead. Extension leads do not guarantee the required safety of the appliance (e.g. danger of overheating)"