Friday Aug 29, 2008

LG washer and dryer install mistakes & tips

We recently purchased and installed ourselves what I call the sexiest washer and dryer on the market:

Our install was not flawless and led to a few days of frustration until the nice LG repairman paid a visit. I figured the following might save someone some hassle if they run into the same issues:

Tip #1: It's worth it to have it installed by the pros for two reasons: 1. This isn't your typical take it home and plug it in set. 2. The washer drum is crazy heavy.

Tip #2: If you do the install yourself, be extra careful when connecting the power cord wires to the dryer. The screws that connect the electrical wires to the dryer can be easily stripped. If this happens, the wire connection will be loose and may lead to an electrical smell followed by your breaker being tripped or worse...cause component(s) in your dryer to burn out.

Tip #3: If you purchased platforms (one drawer bases that the washer/dryers sit on), don't forget to install the four mounting plates that connect the machine to the base. I highly recommend purchasing the bases even though they are a bit pricey because the doors on both the washer and dryer will sit rather low to floor without them -- causes an awkward back bending/twisting motion when shuffling the laundry in/out. Plus, the drums are deep so, it's a stretch to reach into them -- worse if not elevated via the platforms.

Tip #4: If your washer bounces around the room on the spin cycle, ensure the four shipping bolts on the back of the machine have been removed. Ensure the mounting plates (see tip #2) have been installed. Use the leveling wrench that comes with your appliance to adjust the feet -- this step may take several tries. It's best to apply the adjustments during the spin cycle, otherwise, you're just taking a shot in the dark. Using a carpenters level to ensure the top of the machine is level won't do the trick since your floor may have some give that plays a factor during the spin cycle.

Tip #5: I've read about some washers acquiring a mildew smell because the front-loaders may allow for the drum to not drain entirely and because the door has an air-tight seal. The LG repair man suggests leaving the door open in between use and using HALF of the detergent that is suggested on the detergent instructions.

Tip #6:: Per the repair man, dilute your bleach as well (half water: half bleach) to prevent bleach build up in the hose. I'm not sure I buy this one since the bleach reservoir seems to hold very little, but I'm still getting use to the fact that the washer uses significantly less water than the old school top-loaders.

Tip #7: Wash similar weight fabrics together. This will help balance the load and decrease the washer vibration during the spin cycle.

Once we had the repairman out to fix our install issues, both of them work like a charm.
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