How To Install A Stackable Washer And Dryer: The Basics

How To Install A Stackable Washer And Dryer

Washer and dryer sets are not just for apartment dwellers. Homeowners who don’t have a laundry facility in their home or those who want to save money on their monthly utility bills can install a standalone washer and dryer set in their home. Installing a stackable washer and dryer set is a cost-effective, space-saving solution for homeowners who don’t have room for a separate laundry area in their homes. If you are thinking about installing a standalone washer and dryer set in your home, read this article from start to finish to learn how to install a stackable washer and dryer set. This guide will walk you through the process of getting an electrical permit, picking the right sized units for your space, choosing the right type of units (front load vs top load), buying the correct hoses and valves, connecting the units with the right electrical code, and much more.

How To Install A Stackable Washer And Dryer

Get a permit

Before you can install any type of electrical equipment in your home, you must have an electrical permit from the local city or town. The permit will include information about how many circuits and how much power you are allowed to use. Electrical permits are usually free (although some cities charge a small fee), and they are required by most municipalities in order to install any type of electrical equipment in your home.

Pick the right sized washer and dryer set for your space

Installing a stackable washer and dryer set is not much different than installing a regular washer and dryer, but there are some important things that need to be taken into consideration when picking out your units, such as the size of the units, the location of the units within your home, whether or not you want front loaders or top loaders, and so on. If you don’t have enough room for two full-size washers and dryers in your laundry area (or if you want to save on utility bills), then it may be time for you to consider installing a stackable unit instead of two separate standalone machines. This guide will help walk through all these considerations when choosing between front-load vs top-load washing machines as well as stacks vs individual machines. Whether or not you choose front loaders or top loaders also depends on what kind of washing machine technology you want: traditional washing machine technology with drum action vs. modern washing machine technology that uses a combination of drum and electric motor.

Buy the correct hoses and valves

You’ll need to buy the correct hoses and valves for your stackable washer and dryer set, as well as for your standalone machines. The stackable units will require two different types of hoses: one for the drain hose that connects the units to your sink and another for a water supply hose that connects each unit to an outside water source (such as a city water line). The drain hose will connect directly to your kitchen sink, while the water supply hose will connect each washer unit to a separate city water line that is in addition to any other outside water lines coming into your home. The drain hose can be soldered directly onto the inside wall of your kitchen sink (or it can be installed so that it runs through holes drilled into the wall), while each washer unit has two different types of connections: one for connecting it directly to an outside city water line, and another for connecting it directly to an exterior wall or floor-mounted outdoor faucet. 

Install the faucet adapters or holes in your washer walls

If you’re installing the water supply hoses between each stackable washer unit and a separate city water line, then you can simply drill holes into your walls or floor to accommodate them. If you’re installing both types of hoses (one type for each stackable unit), then you can attach the hoses directly to the wall with screws or adhesive anchors. You can also use adhesive anchors instead of screws, but make sure that they are made with high-quality materials such as stainless steel, which will resist corrosion over time. Finally, if you’re using a faucet adapter, then you should only attach it directly to the inside wall of your kitchen sink (or install it so that it runs through holes drilled into the wall). You will not need any additional glue or screws for this installation method.

Install an outside hose bibb connector and connect your outside water source(s)

If you have an existing outside hose bibb connector on your home’s exterior water line and have already installed this type of faucet adapter on one of your washers, then all that remains is connecting this new outside water source to this adapter in order to complete step four above (connecting the outside water source to the washer). To do this, simply screw or glue the outside water source into the adapter. If you have not installed an outside hose bibb connector on your home’s exterior water line, then you will need to install one before connecting your outside water source to one of your washers. To install this type of faucet adapter, use the same method that you used for installing it if you’re using an outside hose bibb connector.

What Is A Stackable Washer And Dryer Set?

  • A stackable washer and dryer set is a combination of a washer and dryer that are installed on top of each other. The machines can be stacked one on top of the other, side by side, or end to end.
  • This type of set is good for those who don’t have room for a large laundry area in their home. If you install the set in your bedroom, basement, or attic space, you will have plenty of space to store clothes and linens while you wait for the washer to finish its cycle.
  • A stackable washer and dryer set is also ideal for apartment dwellers who would like to save money on their utility bills by using fewer utilities in their apartment complex laundry room. Stackable units are less expensive than traditional units because they do not require an entire dedicated laundry room as traditional machines do.
  • Stackable units are also more energy-efficient than traditional units because they use less water and electricity than traditional machines do because they don’t take up as much space as standard models do when installed side-by-side in a single location.

Why Install A Stackable Washer And Dryer?

Cost-Saving:

Saving money is the main reason you’ll want to install a stackable washer and dryer set. If you have a limited budget, you may not be able to install a separate laundry room in your home. If this is the case, installing a stackable washer and dryer set could be an ideal solution for your home. Additionally, if you don’t have the space for an in-ground washing machine or utility room, installing a stackable washer and dryer set will allow you to save on space by stacking two units together instead of incorporating two separate units into one space.

Space-Saving:

If you don’t have room for an in-ground washing machine or utility room, installing a stackable washer and dryer set can allow you to save on space by stacking two units together rather than incorporating two separate units into one area.

Cost-Effective:

Installing a stackable washer and dryer set is cost-effective because it allows homeowners to combine their laundry needs with their kitchen appliances instead of purchasing multiple appliances separately (washer & dryer). When it comes time to purchase new appliances, homeowners should consider purchasing both their washer and dryer at the same time because they will likely pay less per month than they would if they purchased them separately at different times.

Easy Installation:

Installing a stackable washer and dryer set can be a relatively easy task. If you are handy and have the right tools, installing a stackable washer and dryer set can be accomplished in a single day with minimal disruption to your home.

Tips to Help You Install a Standalone Washer and Dryer Set

  • Avoid the temptation to install two washer and dryer units in one room. If you want to save space, you can use a single unit, but there are some challenges in doing so. For example, you may need to buy two hoses with different fittings, and you also may not be able to fit a second door on the unit if it’s a top load washer. However, if you choose to install two units in one room, make sure that they are well-matched by model and size before making your final decision.
  • If possible, locate the washer and dryer units on opposite sides of your home or in separate rooms. Many homeowners have found that it’s much easier to work around an appliance when it’s located on the other side of their house rather than across from them in their laundry room.
  • Look at the electrical code for your area before installing a stackable washer and dryer set so that you know what kind of electrical outlets are required for each unit and how far away from them each appliance needs to be located. You also need to know which type of appliances (front load vs top load) will work best with your home’s current wiring system and what type of hoses will work best with which types of machines (permanently installed vs portable).
  • Ensure that all electrical connections are properly sealed before moving on to the next step—installing an electric dryer. To install a dryer, you need to know the correct length of the electrical cord for each appliance and how far away from the plug each unit needs to be located.
  • To connect a front load washer with an electric dryer, you will need to use a special washing machine hose and fusing kit that comes with a high-temperature thermostat. You also will need to purchase an electric dryer power cord that is long enough for both appliances and that is rated for 120 volts.
  • To connect a top load washer with an electric dryer, you will need to use another type of hose and fusing kit that comes with a low-temperature thermostat; however, some homeowners have found that it’s easier to install both machines in one room if they are located close together on opposite sides of their home rather than in separate rooms.

Conclusion

Installing a standalone washer and dryer set is a great way for homeowners to save money on their utility bills and avoid the environmental impact of coin-operated laundries. However, installing a standalone washer and dryer set isn’t a job for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. If you don’t have the experience and know-how to properly install a standalone washer and dryer set, you are putting your home and its occupants in danger. Our advice? Always hire a professional to install a standalone washer and dryer set. A professional will know the electrical code inside and out, will know how to run the water and drain pipes properly, and will know how to install the washer and dryer properly.