Tips for Installing New Appliances

There’s no question that updating your kitchen or laundry room with new appliances is big deal.  Advances in technology have produced major improvements in dishwashers, dryers, washing machines and other major appliances.  From saving energy to state-of-the-art technology upgrading appliances can make your life much more enjoyable.  But what about the downside?  Ironically, as professional plumbers we often deal with plumbing issues that don’t involve the appliance but the way it was installed.  Typically, these are leak related issues that can cause extensive water damage.  Here are some things to consider doing when you replace or upgrade any of your appliances.

  1. Hoses – You’ve just spent a small fortune for the latest washing machine or dishwasher. So why would you install it with cheap water supply hoses?  The fact is cheap hoses are the number one cause of leaks that can lead to expensive repairs.  Protect your investment by spending the extra money to install braided steel hoses.  While they are more expensive, you will avoid the likelihood of leaks caused by faulty cheap hoses.
  2. Drain Pans – If you’re installing a new washing machine, especially if it’s to be located upstairs, install a drain pan underneath it. Should the washing machine spring a leak the drain pan will collect the water and be diverted through a drainpipe doing no damage to your floors and the ceilings below.
  3. Water Pressure – While it might not seem obvious, if the water pressure in your home is too high it can lead to damaged appliances, leaks and potentially burst pipes. If your water pressure exceeds 60 lbs. per square inch you should install a pressure reducing valve.  These aren’t expensive and you’ll have peace of mind knowing your water pressure isn’t going to cause a major problem.
  4. Replace Water Heater Drain Valve – While your new hot water heater may save energy and operate with super efficiency, often the drain valve located at the bottom of the water heater is of poor quality. Before you install the water heater replace the drain valve, sometimes made of plastic with a brass drain valve.  These are readily available at your local hardware store and are not expensive.

We hope you never have a plumbing emergency and hopefully following these tips for installing appliances will prevent that.  Regardless of what the reason, if you need the services of a professional plumber we hope you will call The Clean Plumbers.