Laundry 101

1. Measure Your Space

laundry dimensions

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 clearence, dryer vents, and hookups.

H: top to bottom

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

Installation Space

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

  • A level floor with no more that 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 you'll need to pass through when you bring in your new dishwasher.

2. Additional Considerations

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.

Electric

Needs a three-prong outlet with 30 amp circuit.

Choose Your Accessories

Pedestals

Create an area for storage and raise the washer and dryer for more convenient loading and unloading.

Cleaners

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

Evaluate the Features

Washer

High-Efficiency
Save water, energy and the environment with High-Efficiency washers.

Water Level & Balance Sensors
Innovative features for less maintenance and worry.

Dryer

Wrinkle Reduction Options
Convenient options that help keep wrinkles out of clothes.

Moisture-Sensing Cycles
Moisture-sensing technology monitors dryness levels for efficient drying.

Important Considerations

Electric

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

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.

3. Washer Maintenance Guide

Because all clothes washers have the potential to accumulate some amount of mildew, bacteria and odor 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.
  • Promptly remove laundry after the wash cycle has completed 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.
  • Choose the warmest wash water temperature that is safe for the fabrics you are washing. Use of warm or hot water washers sometimes (not exclusively cold water washes) does a better job of controlling the rate at which soils and detergent accumulate.
  • Regularly clean your washing machine. If specific cleaning instructions are not included in your use and care guide, it is a good practice to run an empty cycle (without laundry) once a month using hot water and liquid chlorine bleach or a commercially available washing machine cleaner, such as affresh Washer Cleaner.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the development of mildew, bacteria, and odors in washering machines, including the following:

  • Not all of the water immediately evaporates after a load is complete.
  • Washing machines generally are kept in somewhat closed and damp environments, such a laundry rooms and basements.
  • The laundry that is put into washing machines has a wide variety of organic materials.
  • Modern high-efficiency washing machines use less water and are more tightly sealed when the door or lid is closed.
  • Modern high-efficiency washing machines are designed for use with specially-formulated, low-sudsing high-efficiency (?HE?) detergent. Regular detergent may cause excessive suds in high-efficiency machines, and excessive suds can leave a soap film that is conducive to the development of mildew, bacteria, and odor.
  • Over time, laundry habits have changed, including the use of less bleach, more fabric softener, and more frequent cold water washes. These habits may increase the rate at which detergent and soil residue builds up inside the washer, which in turn may result in undesirable odor.