Do I Need to Do Anything to Get Ready for Appliance Installation? Here Are Some Tips from the Pros

December 6, 2021

The prospect of having brand-new appliances installed in your home is always exciting, especially when you’re making an upgrade from old, outdated equipment that lacks your desired functionality (or simply doesn’t work at all).

Of course, before you can actually reap all of the benefits of your new appliances, you need to get through the installation phase. And whether you’re installing the appliances yourself or (the safer option) having a professional do it for you, there are some steps you should take to get ready for the installation process.

Here’s a quick look at some tips for appliance installation preparation to ensure you’re ready:

  • Determine what you’re going to do with the old equipment: You almost certainly don’t want to take your old appliances and keep them in storage at your home. Therefore, make plans in advance for what you’re going to do with that old equipment. Many retailers and contractors will disconnect your old appliance and take it away for you. Otherwise, if you are getting rid of the appliance yourself, you’ll need to power off the appliance and disconnect utility lines before removing it. There are services, organizations and facilities that will either recycle appliances or accept them as donations.
  • Clear the way for the new appliance: Before you purchase a new appliance for your home, measure all doorways, hallways and stairwells the appliance will have to go through to determine if it will fit. Try to avoid stairs and corners whenever possible. Once you’ve determined the appliance will fit, clear a path for the appliance, removing all items and furniture that could become obstructions.
  • Make sure you have the proper connections: Determine the utilities your new appliance will need, and make sure there are nearby hookups for those utilities. This includes electrical outlets that fit your new appliance plug, as well as water lines and/or gas lines, depending on the type of appliance you’ll be installing. If you do not have utility hookups available in your desired installation location, you’ll either need to choose a different location or arrange for a professional to come in and run new lines to that spot before the installation occurs.
  • Check the cutout: If you have a cutout area for your appliance, such as in between cabinets or in a wall enclosure, make sure you have double- and triple-checked the dimensions of that space. You’ll need to have just a little breathing room for ventilation and hookups, and to ensure all the appliance doors will open as required. The appliance manuals should come with information about the specific measurements required when being placed into a cutout area.

Are you in need of a plumbing company to come out and help you install new appliances or run new water lines to allow for your appliance upgrades? Contact the team at Rooter Express with any questions you have about how to proceed with appliance installation preparation, and we will be pleased to help you through your upcoming project. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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