This is the second article on installing a washing machine. If you haven’t seen the first part which looked at the basics and then concentrated on fill hose related advice check it out here – How to install a washing machine. This article looks at how to install the drain hose.
You need to make sure the drain hose is fitted according to the instruction book. If you don't have the instruction book you might be able to download one here – How to download an instruction book manual for a washing machine or other white goods appliance
At the most basic level a drain hose can be hooked over a sink. This requires no plumbing in. However, it’s not ideal at all. If something (eg. a dish cloth) fell into the sink, or if a washing up bowl was left in, then the sink hole could get blocked.
This would result in the water flooding over the top of the sink. Also if the drain hose somehow fell off the sink you would have a serious flood. If left unattended the washing machine would continue to fill trying to make up the lost water. It would never stop filling and flooding until stopped.
Actually plumbing in a washing machine comes under plumbing. So it’s not a topic covered by Whitegoodshelp. The drain hose should be fitted according to the washing machine’s manual. If you don't have the instruction manual you might be able to download one here – How to download an instruction book manual for a washing machine or other white goods appliance. Having said that, this page offers additional advice not covered by the manuals.
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Plumbing the drain hose properly
Washing machine drain hoses have traditionally been placed into a standpipe. The standpipe went through an outside wall and usually finished over an open grate. This method has fallen out of fashion. Most washing machines are now plumbed into a u-bend under a sink. Plumbing into the u-bend is considerably easier and cheaper.
Drain hose not long enough?
The drain hose on a new washing machine is quite short. It’s only long enough to fit right in front of the waste water pipe, or right next to the sink if plumbed into a u-bend. This is fine for most people. But many people need to install their washing machine further away. So the drain hose is way too short.
A drain hose can be extended using a specially designed connector (obtainable from a plumbers merchant or maybe a DIY store). Alternatively you could replace the drain hose with an extra long Universal Washing Machine & Dishwasher 2.5M Waste Drain Extension Kit
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More information and advice on installing a washing machine
- How to install a new washing machine (part 1)
- Connecting a washing machine to a softened water supply
- Do new washing machines use the same hoses and plumbing?
- 5 things to check for after repairing or installing a washing machine
- Washing machine wont empty water after installing in a new house
- Connected washing machine but now it just constantly fills with water and goes down the drain
- If you connect a washing machine in a new house and the washing machine won’t drain the water
- Aqua stop hoses for washing machines & dishwashers (What is an aqua stop hose and do you have to use it?)
- Washing machine is a hot and cold fill, but I only have a cold water supply
- What should I do with the old hot water tap when connecting a cold fill washing machine?
- Don’t connect a cold fill washing machine to the hot water supply
- Can I connect a cold fill washing machine to both the hot and cold water taps?