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How to install a washing machine

You can install a freestanding washing machine with our simple guidance below, but if you are unsure you should always consult a qualified professional. Please do not use the information below as a substitute for the information contained in your installation manual.

1. The washing machine drum is secured during delivery with four transit bolts. It's vitally important that these are removed before the appliance is installed and used. They are located at the back of the appliance and are removed with a spanner. Replace them with the blanks provided. Keep the transit bolts safe in case you need to transport the washing machine in the future.

2. You will then need to connect the cold water pipe and waste pipe connection. Check the installation instructions to identify these pipes. You will need to connect the cold water pipe to a cold water tap which is usually marked blue. This connection supplies water to the appliance. See the video below for two different examples of cold water taps. You can stop the water supply by turning the valve. Connect the cold water pipe to the cold water tap, tighten it fully by hand rather than with a tool and then turn the valve back on. Make sure the cold water pipe is not kinked.

3. There are two options for the waste water connection, depending on the plumbing within your home. You can connect to a normal stand pipe which should be at least 30cm high to ensure that no waster water will re-enter the appliance but lower than the height of the appliance itself. You will find one of two waste water pipe holder depending upon the appliance you're fitting. See the video below for two examples of these waste water pipe holders. Use the holder supplied to secure the waste water pipe into position.

4. Alternatively you can attach the waste water pipe to a connection underneath the sink. Under the sink you'll see the waste connections for the appliance. These are called traps and there are a number of different types. If you are connecting to the trap for the first time, you will need to remove a blanking cap which acts as a stopper. See the video below for two variations of these blanking caps. Check there are no kinks in the pipe and connect the waste water pipe to the trap securely.

5. Bosch washing machines will plug into a standard socket. Contact a qualified professional if you have any questions or concerns about the electrics.

6. You should then check that the appliance is level by using a spirit level. This is particularly important for the installation of a washing machine in order to avoid problems with unbalanced loads. You can raise and lower the feet on the appliance to adjust the appliance level. Also ensure the appliance is stable and that it doesn't rock. If so, adjust the feet so that it is completely stable.

7. To complete the installation, switch on the appliance and run a rinse programme, checking carefully for any leaks. If none are found, move the washing machine into its final position ensuring it remains stable.

Quick step by step guide

  • Remove the transit bolts and replace them with the blanks provided.
  • Connect the cold water pipe to the cold water tap, and connect the wate water pipe to either a stand pipe or to a connection under the sink. Ensure there are no kinks in either pipe.
  • Plug the appliance into a standard socket and check the appliance is level using a spirit level. If not, raise or lower the feet as necessary.
  • Switch the appliance on, run a rinse programme and check for any leaks. If none are found, push the appliance into it's final position.

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