Even the most notorious skeptics finally realized that with an automatic washing machine, life in life becomes much more comfortable. Not necessarily long and tedious to prepare for the "big wash" - it is quite possible to throw things in the machine as they become contaminated, and she quickly and gently washes and dries them.
So more and more people are acquiring this type of home appliances. However, after the purchase one question arises - how to connect the washing machine correctly, as well as with minimal effort and finance. It's easy to do it yourself - read on how.
Even before the machine in the carton box comes home from the store, you will need to find a suitable place for it. After all, the difference between automatic machines and those that were used before is that they are stationary devices. If necessary, such a machine cannot be moved from the corridor to the kitchen or bathroom - connected to the water supply and sewage system, it has a permanent place to live.
Most people, according to tradition, place a device in the bathroom for washing. This is understandable - after all, pipes with water pass through there, and it is also easy to equip the drain. However, sometimes there is not enough space in the bathroom, and then it is necessary to decide how to connect the washing machine in the kitchen. If there is no suitable corner there, and the hallway has an impressive size, you can try a non-standard option - to equip a place for washing in the corridor. Having closed its walls with a neat cabinet, you can turn a washing machine into an original and beautiful piece of furniture.
So the laundry assistant was finally bought, the order was delivered, and the movers brought the box to the apartment. Well, now we must first remove this box. Now we remove the fasteners that fixed the elements of the machine during its transportation, protecting the rotating parts from accidental damage. Fasteners are bars, brackets and bolts.
The brackets are located on the back and are not only designed to fix the electrical cord and hose, but also give the necessary rigidity for transportation. Bars are placed between the body of the device and the tank; they are easily removed if the machine is tilted slightly forward. The bolts are on the front, holding the drum. After removal, all these parts need to be packaged and stored - they will be needed when contacting the service.
Keep in mind that after the transportation bolts have been unscrewed, the tank of the washing machine will hang on the springs. Do not be afraid - this is normal. Before connecting the device, do not forget to insert the plastic plugs supplied in the hole into the holes in which these bolts were previously located.
Important: never remove the machine before removing all fasteners for transportation, as this may end up badly for its drum.
When deciding whether to connect a washing machine to a water supply system, keep in mind that there are several options for this, for which there are two things in common: the water pressure in the pipes must be sufficient (usually at least one atmosphere), and this water must be clean. Low pressure can be increased by placing a step-up pump in front of the washer, and a screen filter is installed to clean the water.
Now we can consider options for leading the water to our typewriter.
Taking a flexible hose with a diameter of three-quarters of an inch, connect it on one side to the washing machine, and on the other, to a separate valve, which will have to be cut into a water pipe with using a crimp sleeve (if the pipe is metallic).
Components of the crimp coupling.
Such a coupling consists of two halves, which are put on the pipe and are tightened with bolts, and a threaded branch, on which a valve is screwed (better than a ball valve). For the flow of water in the pipe we drill a hole, right through the put-on sleeve.
Example of connecting to a water supply system using a crimp coupling.
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If the pipes for cold water supply consist of metal plastics, we use a special tee called a fitting. Cut a piece of pipe in the right place, and insert the fitting into the resulting opening, to which we attach the ball valve. The joints are sealed with rubber cuffs.
Insertion into metal laminate with the help of a tee.
You can use a simpler option - connect the washing machine (again with a flexible hose) to the mixer, or to the water supply in the toilet flush tank. The hose must be long enough, and a tee is usually used to connect it. Before washing, the mixer hose must be unscrewed each time.This option can be considered rather as temporary, and it does not look very aesthetically pleasing. Connecting to the drain hose of a cistern is quite a practical method, but it can only be used if the washing machine and toilet are in the same room.
Connection of a washing machine to the supply of a toilet flush cistern.
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What should I do if there is no plumbing in the house? It is a pity to refuse such a convenient thing as a washing machine, in the country, for example. You should not worry - now you will learn how to connect a washing machine without running water with minimal costs. All you need to do is to raise to a height of at least a meter, and preferably higher, a large water tank, and from its bottom hold the hose to the input of the machine. This will create the necessary water pressure for its work. A more expensive way would be to buy a pumping station.
Clean water is only half the battle. Now we must decide what we will do with the dirty and soapy water remaining after washing. Of course, you need to think about connecting the washing machine to the sewer. This can also be done in different ways.
The easiest way is to use the special hose called the “hook” to drain the dirty water directly into the toilet or into the bath. But at the same time one condition must be met: the top of the hose must be no less than sixty centimeters higher than the washing machine. For this, it has special attachments.
The easiest option is to drain the waste water. Photo - SRBU. RU
You can do the following: make the wastewater stationary. To do this, you first need to purchase a special siphon in which there is a branch intended for washing machines - now in stores such are commercially available. According to the rules, the tap must be above the siphon knee. If this rule is ignored, or the washing machine can be directly connected to the sewage system, then dirty water may be sucked into the device. The result is the appearance of an unpleasant smell in it.
Organization of draining water from a washing machine through a siphon with a special drain.
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However, you can still do without a siphon. If the sewer pipe has a thickness of four to five centimeters, then you can directly install a drain for the washer. At the same time, we definitely use a compactor, and a drain hose curved in the shape of the letter S is inserted into the pipe so that it does not touch the surface of the runoff water. Its upper edge is located not lower than half a meter from the floor.
Drain water into the sewer pipe through a tee using a sealing gum.
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Important: if the check valve is not provided in the design of your washing machine model, it should be installed taking into account the limitation of the level at which the drain hose is located (otherwise, the nipple). Usually the manufacturer indicates the values of the maximum and minimum of this level.
Well, we brought the water in, the drain was organized, now it remains to connect the power supply. Knowing how to properly connect the washing machine to the mains, you can avoid many unpleasant (and possibly tragic) consequences. After all, high voltage, coupled with water - a terrible force. Therefore, caution and caution once again - these are the main tips when applying current in wet rooms.
To protect your family, you must ground the switchboard. The tire for grounding should be no thinner than three millimeters. The socket is used only three-wire. By the way, if the washing machine will be in the kitchen, it is quite possible to plug it into an outlet made for an electric stove. If you need an extension cord for connection, use only one that has ground contacts.
The best solution would be to connect the washing machine with a separate wire leading from the counter. It is put on a protective machine. For these works, better invite an experienced electrician. If a separate wire is not carried out, use a portable UZO - residual current device.
And again: never connect ground to radiators, gas and water pipes. It is deadly!
For the new assistant to wash for a long time without breaking or overloading, a strict horizontal position of its upper part is a necessary condition. In this case, the drum will be located without distortions, rotating smoothly and not shaking at the same time.The maximum deviation from the horizontal, which is permissible, is only two degrees.
In order to achieve the desired horizontal position, use the adjustment of the legs of the machine - for all models such adjustment is provided. The result is checked using the level, twisting the legs until it is satisfactory. There should not be any rubber floor mats, pieces of linoleum and cubes planted under the legs of the washer - an automatic machine is installed directly on the floor, preferably on a concrete one. He, unlike wood, for example, provides excellent shock absorption.
Leveling the machine legs by level.
Once again, thoroughly inspect all connections and connections, and just in case, referring to the instructions, you can make a test run. In this case, we consistently carry out all the necessary operations and check whether everything is going properly.
First you need to fill the tank of the machine with water, noting the time of its filling to the mark and referring to the data specified in the passport. If at the same time it turns out that some of the compounds are leaking, it is necessary to drain the water and fix the leakage. If everything is good, you can turn on the car.
After five to seven minutes, the water is heated to the desired temperature. During the operation of the washing machine should not be heard any extraneous sounds - because modern devices work almost silently. If something grinds or knocks, it indicates a malfunction. Having determined that everything is in order, Next, we will check how the squeezing device works, and then we will test the drain. At this check the health assistant for washing can be considered complete.
We hope that after reading these tips you will be able to connect the washing machine yourself without much difficulty. After all, this process does not involve any particular difficulties. Good luck!