When you’re looking for a large appliance that doesn’t take up a lot of space, stacking a dryer on top of a front load washer is the perfect solution! It is however a little more complicated than just putting one on top of the other; you need to take a few precautionary steps to ensure your set up is a success. How do you stack a washer and dryer? Read on…
Can you stack a washer and dryer? Yes you can! Preparation is the key so make sure your appliances will fit into the space you need them to. Don’t forget that you’ll have to leave enough room each side for venting, heat clearance, and wiring. If the washer and dryer are going inside a cupboard or closet make sure both the doors on the appliances, and the outer doors have room to open and close. Make a note of the height of the dryers control panel once stacked to ensure you can reach.
Check for Compatibility
You’ll need to check that dryer on top of washing machine stacking is suitable for the appliances you’re buying. Consult the manufacturers guide to see which stack compatibly, but your best option is to get matching units that are designed to stack with each other. Buy A Stacking Kit
Many manufacturers produce stacking kits for their washers and dryers to make them stackable. This laundry accessory fits in between the front load washer and the dryer to make them stack safely and conveniently. They’re designed to evenly distribute the weight, and to absorb vibrations from both appliances whilst they’re working. Some tumble dryer stacking kits offer slide out shelves which are extremely useful for laundry and detergents.
Follow the instructions carefully as all kits are different. You may have a set of clips to fit to the corners, securing them together, or a set of suction cup feet which are used to set them up, so you might have to remove the feet on the bottom of your dryer. Many kits are designed specifically to be compatible with certain brands, so in this case you’ll need to buy the appliances which are suitable for the stacking kit you have in mind.
The dryer must always go on top of the washer as its lighter, and full washing machines are extremely heavy! They also vibrate more with their higher spin speeds and increase the risk of accidents if stacked on top. Once you’ve got your appliances in position secure them together using your stacking kit. Next you’ll need to attach the hose and vent to your dryer, and the drain hose to your washer. Then you can plug them in and align them properly. Finally run a test cycle to make sure your set up is safe and secure.
Need Professional Help?
If things go wrong and you can’t get your appliances to work properly, it may be time to ask for specialist advice. Your local washing machine repairs service provider will give you a quote before carrying out any work, and offer a guarantee for the job done. Call to make a convenient appointment and get your newly stacked washer and dryer working in no time!