Built-in Washing Machine Installation
What are the Benefits of Integrated Washer & How to Install it?

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Built in washing machines form the trend of laundering in most European and UK households these days.

If you have become bored of manually scrubbing clothes on the wash board or tired of your huge, space consuming washing unit, then, consider buying one of these units.

Luckily, almost all the major home appliance brands manufacture integrated washing machines, which are considerably smaller than the standard size.

A brief discussion on built in washers will help you have a better understanding.

What is a Built-in Washing Machine?

A built in or an integrated washer is a machine for modern homes. It is designed to fit in the décor of rooms, inside custom closets, beneath counter tops or cabinets. It is specifically designed to perform both washing and drying in a single machine.

Have you ever wondered how it is different from its freestanding counterparts? It has a special kind of flush placed doers that is shaped in a way so that a fascia can be fitted in them.

These machines are designed to fit a plinth that blends with the cupboard or cabinet. In fact, the depth of the units is also neatly fabricated to match the standard depth of a kitchen cabinet.

How to Install Integrated Washing Machine?

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Intalling the built in washing machines involves the following tools:

  • A spirit level
  • Screwdrivers with slotted heads and pozidrives of varying sizes.
  • Plumbing tools
  • Grips and pliers
  • Cordless drill
  • Steel drill bits

For successful installation of the washer inside a cabinet or closet, the measurement of the cabinet has to match with that of the washer dryer. However, you have to leave out at least a standard space for free movement for fitting.

To avoid the built in washer from getting protruded over the worktop, all the plumbing devices have to be fitted in the adjacent cupboard.

Best, if you install it beside the sink unit, as the waste disposal can be incorporated within the sink system. However, separate waste pipes are recommendable as it reduces the chance of blockage.

The adjoining unit should hold the electrical services, while you drill the plugs and hoses through the base of the cupboard. To make the exact sized hole, you should keep a suitable hole-saw handy.

After the entire installation process, now, you can slide in the unit to make necessary adjustments.

General Installation Information & Recommendation

Installation of built-in washing machines takes expert carpentry skills combined with right jigs, tools and experience. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to measure up after which the main course of the process starts.

For installation of an integrated washing machine, the process is more complex than just fitting pipes for draining water. Seeking the help of a professional is wise. Most companies offer installation services with purchase of their product.

Hence, it is better if you leave it to the professionals.

Final Advice to the Buyers:

Buying either fully or semi integrated washer dryers can save you a lot from the constricted space of your home, but the features and performance should be of equal consideration as well.

Hence, while buying, pay attention to the key factors of efficiency, load size, wash time and spin speed, reliability, guarantee, longevity, user-friendliness and reliability of the brand with equal importance as the dimension.

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Updated November 26, 2010