Who Can You Hire to Install a Washer and Dryer?

Laura Hennigan
Written by Laura Hennigan
Updated April 27, 2022
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Don’t try to do the heavy-lifting on your own

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Whether you are replacing some older models in your basement laundry area, or planning a first floor mudroom renovation, it’s important to make sure your washer and dryer are installed correctly. As some of the hardest-working machines in the house, washers and dryers with correct hookups and routing will last longer, helping ensure extra years of clean and dry clothing. Here’s who to call to install these appliances.

Benefits of Hiring a Pro for a Washer and Dryer Install

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Both washers and dryers are large, cumbersome units that are difficult to move on your own. Calling in an experienced professional for moving and installation can help save you time, money, and spare you a sore back. 

Who you choose to call for your washer and dryer installation will depend on your situation. If you are simply replacing your current machines with new ones and the hookups are in place, you can often pay an extra fee for the delivery service to install them. If you prefer to hire an independent contractor for the job, research top-rated appliance installation services near you.

On the other hand, if you have no current hookups or you are planning to install the washer and dryer in a brand new spot, you’ll likely need to hire an electrician and plumber to route and connect everything correctly. In addition, if new plumbing and/or electrical wiring is necessary, you'll need to pull the appropriate permits from your city. The cost to install washer and dryer hookups is typically $2,000.

Can I DIY a Washer and Dryer Install?

DIY washer and dryer installations are possible, but you’ll likely need some help because the machines are very heavy. Installing a washer and dryer in an area that already has hookups is a fairly straightforward process if you are reasonably handy. New units should come with a detailed instruction guide for the installs, and you’ll need to allow at least one to two hours for the entire process. However, for new hookups, always call a pro.

How Do Pros Install a Washer and Dryer?

Trained professionals know the ins and outs of washer and dryer installation, and likely perform the process frequently. 

They’ll start by double checking that the space is large enough, then make sure the area is clear. Next, they’ll connect your new appliances to the proper electrical, plumbing, and gas outlets. The machines will be tested to make sure they work properly, and then the old units will be hauled away, if that’s part of your service agreement. 

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