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DIY Appliance Installation: Things To Consider

By Phil Vandermeer / August 24, 2012

critical gas valve adjustmentThere are several stages when performing a DIY appliance installation. Basically, all appliance installations are to be conducted pretty much the same way from home to home, otherwise there is a high probability that mechanical issues or danger might occur.

The different stages to follow in an appliance installation process are the removal, the modifications, the connection, and the positioning. Prior to installing a new home appliance, the appliance installation technician must remove the older appliance unit. Usually, such an appliance unit will be connected to either the wall or the floor by cables or bolts. The appliance installation technician must make sure that the unit has been freed from all its connections.

Depending on the type of the home appliance, the disconnection may be done by separating the unit from any power, venting or water sources. For instance, in the case of a refrigerator, the installer needs to disconnect the power cord.

Another example is when the technician must ensure that a washing machine has been disconnected from both the water and power sources. Once the removal of the old appliance unit is finished, the new appliance unit may be installed in the room. The modifications happen when there are differences between the old and new appliance units. Fittings may be different. When an old appliance is removed, many homeowners see something they want to improve or replace, like a rusted or broken part associated with the installation.

If both the old and new units share the same technical features in terms of installation and usage, then the technician will likely process the install modifications in no time. Yet, if it happens that both appliance units are different in shape or in the technology that they use, then the technician will need to correctly set up the new one.

In order to accommodate a new appliance, the installer may need to change the area where the former unit was. For instance, let’s say that a family decides to purchase a new grill. If it turns out that the older grill was running with gas and the new one operates with electricity, then the technician will have to make some adjustments. They will need to limit the gas connections and install the electrical source.

Once all the modifications have been done, the appliance installation technician must provide the unit with a gas source, an electrical power source, a water source or a venting source. Because all home appliances need either gas or electricity to operate, it is certain that the unit will require one of these two sources.

Depending on the type of the unit, water or venting source may also be necessary. For example, both dishwashers and washing machines need a water supply in addition to electricity in order to properly function, while dryers need to be connected to a venting source.

The connection phase of the appliance installation process is done when the unit is almost in its final position in the room. The final stage is positioning of the unit. The installer must push the unit so that it fits perfectly into place. If there are any electric cords that might pose risk to the people that walk into the room, the installer needs to ensure that the connections are pulled properly.

Another thing to verify is the level position of the appliance. Since most home appliances can be adjusted through their legs, the technician needs to check that the unit is evenly positioned. Almost all the companies that manufacture home appliances provide them with a manual guide that explains all the steps to follow during an installation process.

A homeowner doesn’t really need to be a certified technician to properly install a newly-acquired home appliance. All it takes is organization, some strength, and a little bit of concentration!

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