Here’s a quick and easy video guide to help you plumb in a washing machine.
Before you start, check the manual provided with your machine in case there are special instructions specific to the model you have bought. (Such as removing the ‘transport bolts’ before use – these lock the internal workings in place to prevent damage in transit)
Attaching The Water Supply
You need to connect the water supply to your machine using the hoses supplied. There may be one for hot and one for cold, OR it’s quite likely your new machine only requires a cold hose (in which case it heats the water itself). It’s red for hot, blue for cold. Hoses may already be attached to your machine, but even if not they simply screw on at both ends. Make sure the threads are not crossed and you do them up tightly before continuing. Tightening by hand should be sufficient, using a wrench can break the connector!
Waste Water / Drain
This pipe is the drain where the dirty water goes when your machine empies after each rinse/wash. A stand pipe and trap is the most common method. Your waste pipe simply sits loosely inside the upright stand pipe. There is no air tight connection – this is deliberate and prevents dirty water getting sucked back into your machine.
And there you go – plumbing in a washing machine is not nearly as hard as it seems!