How to Stack Your Washer and Dryer
Washers and dryers are life savers when it comes to tackling your family's loads of dirty clothes. Stacking a dryer on top of a front-load washer is a great way to save floor space without compromising the capacity of your laundry machines. By stacking two standalone models together, you get the best of both worlds: big machines that don't take up a lot of space.
But before you start the heavy lifting, getting your washers and dryers stacked is a little more complicated than simply putting one on top of the other. You have to make sure to secure your machines so the vibrations don't cause them to fall over. Improperly stacked units can damage both the machines themselves and the surrounding space in your laundry room. Follow these steps to save space by safely stacking your washer and dryer.
Measure Your Space
Before you go through all the trouble of stacking your appliances, make sure they will fit in your desired space. Whether they're tucked away in a closet or you have a full laundry room, remember to leave a few inches on each side for venting, wiring and heat clearance. If you're planning to put your stacked laundry appliances in a closet, ensure there will be enough space for the closet door to close and for the washer and dryer doors to open.
Double Check Your Reach
When you stack a front-loading dryer on top of a front-loading washer, the dryer's control panel might be difficult to reach if you're a bit shorter. Make sure you'll be comfortable using the controls. If you find the controls are only just out of reach but you're set on having your appliances stacked, consider keeping a step ladder or stool next to your machines.
Ditch the Pedestal
Manufacturers recommend placing only one unit on a laundry pedestal. Trying to stack both laundry appliances on top of a pedestal can cause a variety of issues. This may place your dryer too high to reach, it can make the arrangement potentially unstable and it can damage or break the pedestal itself.
Check for Compatibility
Just because washers and dryers are stackable doesn't mean they will necessarily stack with each other. Check the owner's guide or manufacturer's website to see which models stack compatibly; a good rule of thumb is that they should at least be made by the same manufacturer. If possible, your best bet is to get matching units that are specifically designed to fit together.
Get a Stacking Kit
A washer and dryer stacking kit consists of a few screws and latches to tightly hold your machines together. Different models can stack in various ways, so make sure you get the right stacking kit for your washer and dryer. Keep in mind, using a homemade stacking kit could potentially void your warranty. Follow the stacking directions to prep your machines; for instance, you may need to remove the feet on the bottom of your dryer before you stack it on top of the washer.
Stack 'Em Up
Remember, because it's lighter, the dryer always goes on top of the washer. Enlist a strong friend or two to help you lift. Once your appliances are in position, secure them together using the stacking kit according to the owner's manual. Attach the gas hose and vent to your dryer and the drain hose to your washer. Finally, plug in your laundry machines and scoot them back into place.
Test Your New Setup
Before you declare this operation a success, run a test cycle and closely watch what happens. If your setup sways or appears unsteady, you may need to adjust it to prevent it from falling or moving. Otherwise, congratulations! You just successfully stacked your washer and dryer. You're ready to get back to cleaning loads of your family's clothes.