Transport a washing machine


New washing machines are usually delivered by the seller. Nevertheless, there are always situations in which a washing machine has to be transported privately. What is to be considered during transport, we explain in the following article.

Think about the future transport when buying a new one

You should consider the private transport of your washing machine already after the new purchase and at the latest during the washing machine. Because new washing machines are not only stably packed. In addition, there are also transport locks in the device.

Be sure to pick up the transport locks

These are long threaded bolts, which should fix only the drum tub or / and the balance weight. Now transport your washing machine without transport bolts, can beat the tub housing against the washing machine housing. Heavy, irreparable damage is then inevitable.

Make the washing machine ready for transport

So if you have your new washing machine connected or connected, you should immediately store the transport locks so that you can find them again after years. But before you can transport your washing machine, you must also complete the device. Under "Complete washing machine" you will receive a detailed guide.

Remaining water in the washing machine

But keep in mind that there is still water in the unit - even if you have previously pumped out the washing machine. This water has to be pumped out manually. As new washing machines are also rinsed, that is the reason why water is also found in new appliances.

Disconnect and close the washing machine

First turn off the tap for the washing machine. Then unplug the power plug and disconnect the inlet and outlet hose on the wall side (not on the washing machine).

Drain residual water

You now proceed to drain the remaining water as in the washing machine clean the lint filter. On the washing machine base (usually fronseitig or laterally) you will find a small flap. Behind it you can find different elements:

  • Screw cap with lint filter inserted behind
  • Drain water hose with cap to the water
  • Wire rod with eyelet for door emergency opening
  • Slotted plastic disc (90 degrees rotatable as a child safety device, so that the door does not close anymore)
Drain the water on or near the lint filter

Depending on the age and design of your washing machine but can also be only a lint filter or only emergency opening mechanism and child safety device available. If there is only one lint filter, turn off the cap and pull out the strainer. Now the whole water runs out. If the hose is present, you can pull it directly over your collection container and then open the closure.

Screw in the transport locks

Finally, turn on the transport locks. In the instructions for use of your washing machine, you will find the exact procedure described in detail. If you can no longer find your instructions for use, you can also contact the manufacturer directly for branded washing machines. Make a note of the model name of your washing machine.

If necessary, further preparatory work before completion

You may also have to do other work before draining the residual water, inserting the transport locks and disconnecting the washing machine. Mostly the washing machine should only be moved to the next flat or the next house with the rest of the household contents.

If the machine is stored, you should prepare the device accordingly

Then you do not have to take any further action. But it also happens that a washing machine should be stored. In this case it is strongly recommended to clean the washing machine before disconnecting it and then drain the water.

Clean and prevent odors

You can choose a 95 degree wash program. Remember that you also need a suitable detergent. That would be heavy duty detergent, also called universal detergent. Bleach may also be added to the detergent. In addition, you can add a good dash of acetic acid or vinegar essence (mixing ratio up to 1: 2).

Useful side effect: the descaling

This kills bacteria and neutralizes existing odors. In addition, you also prevent a future smell development. In addition, acetic acid has the beneficial effect of descaling the washing machine. If you want to be thorough here, let the water-vinegar mixture work in the machine overnight. Simply switch off the washing machine immediately before pumping it off.

Tips & Tricks

Again and again we are asked if a washing machine may or may be transported horizontally. We advise against it, as long as you do not want to dispose of the washing machine in question. Follow the link, then find out the reasons.

For the actual transport, you should at least get stable, solid work gloves for you and at least one helper. Even better would be straps or even a sack truck.


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