How heavy are washing machines. Moving a washing machine has its challenges, and you need to be prepared. Since everyone’s washer is unique, the weight will vary from machine to machine.
A typical mid-sized top loader weighs approximately 150 pounds, while a mid-sized front loader can be closer to 200 to 250 pounds. However, some areas are as large as 300 pounds.
Consider these factors when moving your models around. Also, remember that machines are filled with water, so you’ll need some assistance lifting it onto a dolly or cart.
How heavy are washing machines
How heavy are washing machines? A large-capacity washing machine can weigh almost 400 pounds.
A medium-capacity top-loading washing machine weighs around 250 pounds, while a medium front-loading washer can weigh as much as 350 pounds.
Tip: If you can’t secure enough help to move your washer, consider hiring professional movers to help get your appliance set up in time for your family reunion or a big party.
Why Weight is important
If we designed a washing machine that wasn’t even just a tiny bit heavy, it would almost appear as if it were a small car with all the parts moving around inside when it’s active.
In order to make sure collapse or movement doesn’t occur during operation, manufacturers add concrete counterweights to washers to control and balance their weight, which can weigh upwards of 55 pounds.
We will discuss how to move a heavy washing machine in some simple steps in this section.
Your Washer Should Be Emptied and Cleaned
First, should you want to, you can also strip the machine clean of any clothes or other items. Next, empty the entire machine of its contents and give it a thorough once over with a damp cloth.
Then mix up your homemade or store-bought washing machine cleaner into warm water, subsequently using this to wipe the drum, agitator, and soap tray down thoroughly before giving the rest of its exterior a good scrub as well with hot water.
If possible find an automotive chamois (soft mitt) to use instead as an object that will lift away grime better than any old rag alone.
Turn off your washing machine
The washer is a difficult appliance to work on. First, you must turn off the water supply from the valve outside, then unplug the washer and disconnect it from your outlet.
After that, you have to push it away from the wall using a cabinet or something heavy until it’s kinked up against another appliance.
Next, you must remove all of the screws holding the top panel before continuing with the next step.
Use shipping bolts to secure the drum
Shipping the appliance can be taxing on both it and you. To help the appliance endure this, use those shipping bolts that came with your washer to lock the drum in place.
If by chance you lost them or they were destroyed, replacements are available for purchase.
Furthermore, to also ensure that your appliance arrives at its new home in one piece, wrap your washing machine in any type of flexible foam insulation sheets and secure these using packing tape to finish the job.
Load your washing machine
Unload the washing machine
In the last step, unload your washer with assistance off of the dolly and bring it into your new laundry room. Use a ramp as needed to go up or down any stairs.