How to transport a washing machine correctly
Moving the washing machine from the store is easy: the unit is still reliably protected by factory packaging from shocks and damages. Many stores offer free delivery of purchased household appliances as a bonus. You just have to pay for the chosen model and name the address where the purchase will need to be taken. In this case the store is responsible for observing the rules of transportation, and the buyer has nothing to worry about.
Difficulties arise when you need to move or just take the washing machine to another location. By that time, transport bolts for fastening the drum are usually lost somewhere, and many owners do not even remember the existence of such bolts. Packaging is also sent to the garbage for a long time. The vehicle is also often used from the most accessible, and not from those that are better suited.
In this situation it is important to know how to transport a washing machine correctly, what you can do, what is necessary, and what should be avoided.
- 1Preparation for transportation
- 2.1Video: washing machine transport
Preparation for transportation
Be sure to pre-drain all water from the tank, including minor residues, usually remaining on the bottom. For this, the machine can be tilted slightly and the drain hose removed from the hole in the pipe and placed below the level of the pallet. After the water has merged, you need to leave the hatch open so that the moisture remains evaporated.
The hose and the power cord must be neatly wound and secured to the body with a wide tape. If you wrap the hose and cord in a soft cloth or a film with pimples, it will only get better.
The powder tray and the hatch door must be well fixed with adhesive tape so that they do not open under any conditions, regardless of how you drive the unit, "standing" or "lying down."
If you can not find the transportation bolts on the farm, try to buy others. If this is not possible, try to fix the drum with improvised means.
To do this, remove the top cover or the bottom of the housing and place foam rubber or foam between the drum and the tank walls. The main thing is that when you shake the drum does not hang around inside the case, as this can cause cracks in the tank and other serious damage to the equipment.
The body of the machine must be wrapped in a soft blanket or a packing film with pimples and fixed with scotch tape or twine.
The requirements are standard and are necessarily listed in the instructions to the stick:
- The washing machine must be transported only in an upright position;
- It is necessary to fix the drum before transportation, using the transport bolts for this;
- Before transportation the unit must be completely freed from water and dried;
- The device must be packed on all sides, preferably in the original packaging;
- The unit must be securely fixed in the body of the vehicle;
- During transportation it is necessary to avoid sharp turns and braking, to choose a smooth road and to go as accurately as possible.
These are good rules, but life sometimes dictates its own, and they have to obey.
Practice shows that some of the rules described above can be violated. True, at your own peril and risk.
You can transport the washing machine "lying" in extreme cases. But first you need to lay soft material on the bottom of the body or trunk and think about ways to fasten the unit in the car. Place the washing machine only in the "lying on the back" position, that is, on the back wall. It is desirable, that thus the case was located along a longitudinal axis of the car, on its movement.
Carrying on the side of the washing machine is highly undesirable. Especially in the position where the powder tray is on top. This can lead to the ingress of moisture residues to electronic control units, which is fraught with damage to the unit.
To load the car you need at least two strong men, and if we are talking about models such as AEG or Miele, which weigh about 100 kg, then it may take three loaders.
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