The process of hooking up a portable washer to the sink is not that tricky and difficult.
You just need to follow a few steps and you are done with it.
The majority of manufacturers, provide you with the basic accessories and a guide to connect your portable washer.
While those instruction manuals help a lot, today we will be covering the basics of how to connect the portable washer with the sink in an easy way, that too in less than 30 minutes.
We will be covering the below points in detail.
Let’s take a quick look at how easy the process is.
The process to Connect your Washer
How to Hookup a portable washer to sink?
Total Time: 30 minutes
Step 1: Once you open unbox your portable washer, look out for the following.
1.) Drain hose with clamp
2.) Water Hoses
3.) Connectors to connect to the sink
4.) User Manual
5.) Carpenters Leveler (Need to be brought separately)
6.) Pliers & Wrench (Need to be brought separately)
Step 2: Remove the Aerator from Faucet
Remove the Aerator from faucet so you can connect the water hose connector
Step 3: Check if the Faucet has internal or external thread
Check if the Faucet has Internal or External threads, depending on the connection type you will need to configure the quick connector.
Step 4: Connect the faucet connector to the sink
Based on the thread type, connect the faucet connector to the sink.
Note: If the sink where you will be connecting the water hose has an internal thread, keep the rubber washer as it is. If the sink has an external threads, remove the rubber washer.
Step 5 : Connect the water hose
Take the water hose and connect it to the quick connector.
Note: Make sure you tighten the connection using the pliers.
Step 6: Connect the Sink with Washer
Now connect one end of the water hose connector to the sink and the other end with your portable washer.
Step 7: Connect the drain hose
1.) Now connect the drain hose (Don’t forget to attach the clamp), And squeeze the clamp to tighten it further.
2.) Place the other end of the drain hose where you want the water to be drained.
Step 8: Check for Leaks
Turn on the faucet and check for leaks
Step 9: Check if the Washer is evenly balanced from all sides
Use the carpenter’s leveler to check if your portable washer is tilted or not, if it’s tilted you may want to correct it and it should be balanced properly (This will help you to reduce the noise and vibration).
Step 10: Power on
Plug in the power cord, turn on your washing machine, and you are done.
While the above steps will help you to get started with your portable washer, you may still need to buy adaptors and hoses.
The length of a hose might be short to fulfill the requirement, so you just need to purchase its extension.
You will also require a set of pliers to adjust the hook and faucet together.
Having difficulty following the above instructions? We have found a nice video that covers similar steps shown above.
Now, that you know how to hook up a portable washer, let’s take a quick look at some of the key important things to consider while you do the hookup.
Things to consider when you hook up a portable washer
To hook up a portable washer into the sink, you need to consider the following factors:
The hoses that come with portable washing machines are usually not long enough to easily reach the sink.
To increase its length, attach braided tubing and secure it with a hose clamp.
Make sure that both the things are attached properly, or else if the tube is detached during the draining process, your apartment may become messy.
You can increase the hose length according to your requirement, but try to place the washer near a sink.
Close placement to the sink
An alternative to buying an extension to the hose is to place the washer as close to the sink as possible.
You may want the washer to be placed near a wall that already has a power socket for the portable washer.
The machine should be close to both an electric point and a sink.
Furthermore, make sure you place the washer in such a way that cleaning your portable washer is not a challenge. Also, placing it strategically can help you to troubleshoot issues with your portable washer if any.
Since portable washers are movable, having a static placement is not a good idea as it makes cleaning and troubleshooting difficult.
Strengthen the adapter
You must be careful not to over-tighten it as it could damage the rubber washer, also it may lose its shape, thereby triggering leakage and the seal might not work as expected.
Connecting with a portable machine
Attach the drain hose to the back of the washer’s drain outlet.
On most portable washers, the drain hose has a friction clamp at one end and a hose connector at the other end.
Compress the tension clamp with the help of pliers and drive over the drain port until the washer cabinet is reached by the hose.
Shift the fastener over the hose and drain outlet.
Connection with a cold side
The hose that needs a water supply should be connected to the connection that gives cold water.
You have to control the water temperature by faucet control.
Mostly the rinse cycle has to be cold, you need to hook it to a cold side and make it work.
Ending the setup
Ensure that all the connections are fixed and tight.
Turn on the water at the temperature that you want, run it, and do your laundry.
If you like to do a cold rinse, you can change the setting of a faucet in the mid-cycle. But prevent changing the settings frequently during the cycle.
Just do it when necessary.
When the hoses have been detached, ensure that the water is released properly without splashing. You can place a bucket near to drain them out.
After draining, the first option is to place the hose in a bucket and the second option is to place it inside the washer when not in use.
Fitting the hose is not as tough and complex as one thinks it to be.
You can do it easily by following instruction manuals in most cases.
Lastly, do not turn the tap off while the running washing cycle.
Hope this helps you to connect the washer.
If you still have further queries related to connection or anything related to portable washers, there are high chances we might have addressed that on our Portable Washer’s FAQ Section.