1. Measure your space

Installation Space

Decide where you will install your new washer and dryer. You will need:

  • A level floor with no more than a 1" slope
  • A location that can support the installation of a dryer exhaust system
  • Hot and cold water lines within 3' of washer hookups

Entrance & Doorways

Measure the size of the doorways, hallways and other points of entry in your home to ensure your new washer and/or dryer will be able to pass through.

Washer & Dryer

Measure the height, width and depth of the area designated for your new washer and dryer.

W: side to side

Add 1" on each side for air circulation.

D: back to front

Add at least 6" to depth for door clearance, dryer vents and hookups.

H: top to bottom

For top-loading washers, add at least 20" for door clearance.

2. What’s your style?

Side-By-Side Refrigerators

Front-Load

These models have larger capacities and can be combined with pedestals or stacked.

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Top-Load

These models allow for easier access to clothes, without having to bend down to reach inside.

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Is your dryer connection gas or electric?

There are two dryer types — gas and electric. Similar models look and perform the same, but differ in how they are set up. Your decision between the two will depend on where you will connect your new dryer:

Gas

Needs an approved gas line with shut-off valve. Ideal if you do one or more laundry loads per day.

Electric

Needs a 3-prong outlet with 30-amp circuit. Ideal if you only do laundry a few times a week.

3. what features do you want?

Evaluate The Features

Agitator vs Impeller in the washer

Agitators roll clothing through the bottom of the wash basket for thorough, even cleaning.

A flat impeller gives more space in the washer and helps make spin speeds of up to 800 RPM possible, removing extra water so clothes dry faster.

Cycles

Efficiently handle all of your laundry chores with up to 12 cycles each in the washer and dryer, ranging from Super Wash to delicate, quick dry to bulky and everything in between.

Tub Style

Stainless steel wash baskets resist scratches and rust to prevent snagging or staining clothes.

Spreckled porcelain wash baskets resist scratches and odors for extra clothing protection.

Efficiency Monitor

Efficiently handle all of your laundry chores with up to 12 cycles each in the washer and dryer, ranging from Super Wash to delicate, quick dry to bulky and everything in between.

Choose Your Accessories

Cleaners

Keep your new washer fresh by removing residue and odor left behind by water and detergent using Affresh™ Washer Cleaner.

Pedestals

Create an area for storage and raise your front-load washer and dryer for more convenient loading and unloading. For front-load only.

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4. Important Considerations

electric dryer

Confirm that electrical output is sufficient for the location of your new washer and dryer. You will need:

  • A grounded electrical outlet within 4’ of the rear of both machines (no extension cord or adaptor)
  • A separate designated 30 amp circuit
  • Set water heater to 120°F for washer.

gas dryer

Your home should have:

  • A CST International approved gas supply line
  • A shut-off valve

disposal

Some retailers offer removal of your old machines when your new ones are delivered. Washers and dryers in good condition may be donated to a local charity.

installation

Contact a licensed professional for installation. New installations may require significant carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills.

5. CARE FOR YOUR WASHER

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the development of mildew, bacteria and odor in all washers after a period of use. We recommend that you perform the following simple routine maintenance:

  • Always follow the instructions in the use and care guide for your washing machine.
  • Always leave the washer door or lid open between uses to help dry out the washer and prevent the buildup of odor-causing residue. Not all of the water immediately evaporates after a load is complete, plus, washing machines are generally kept in somewhat closed and damp environments.
  • Promptly remove laundry after the wash cycle to avoid odor and rusting of metal objects on garments. Wet fabric left in a closed space is particularly conducive to the development of odor.
  • Use only the amount of detergent recommended on the detergent container. If your washer is a high-efficiency machine, use only HE detergent, not regular detergent. Regular detergent may cause excessive suds which can leave a soap film that is conducive to the development of mildew, bacteria and odor.
  • Choose the warmest wash water temperature that is safe for the fabrics you are washing. Use of warm or hot water washes sometimes do a better job of controlling the rate at which soils and detergent accumulate.
  • Over time, laundry habits have changed, including the use of less bleach, more fabric softener and more frequent cold water washes. These may increase the rate at which detergent and soil residue builds up inside the washer, which may result in undesirable odor. So it’s best to regularly clean your washing machine. If specific cleaning instructions are not included in your use and care guide, run an empty cycle (no clothes) once a month using hot water and liquid chlorine bleach, or a commercially available washing machine cleaner like Affresh™ Washer Cleaner.