Owning a Whirlpool stackable washer and dryer system is an ideal solution for anyone needing a washer and dryer but with limited space in which to fit them. A combined Whirlpool stackable washer dryer can be installed in a kitchen, a utility area, a garage or any other enclosed building; they are even suitable for installing into mobile/trailer homes. Some people might say that having a combined ‘all-in-one’ washer/dryer unit will save even more space. Whilst that might be true a Whirlpool stackable washer dryer has advantages over an ‘all-in-one’ washer dryer.
The main advantage of a Whirlpool stackable washer dryer compared to an ‘all-in-one’ washer dryer is that you can be doing two jobs at once with it. Quite simply you can be washing one load whilst drying another. With an ‘all-in-one’ system you’d have to wait for one job to finish before beginning the next.
Anyone with young children or looking after someone that is infirm or elderly will appreciate the value of being able to both wash and dry things on demand. Also, with two separate units dedicated to their own jobs they will be more energy efficient, meaning that you’re friendlier to the environment and save money on your fuel bills.
Installing a Stackable
Whilst full installation instructions for a Whirlpool stackable washer dryer are available from the manufacturer, the following are intended to show you how anyone with a few basic tools and a good DIY attitude can install a Whirlpool system themselves. The first task of course is to compare the measurements of the space you want to install the Whirlpool system to the washer-dryer unit’s dimensions. Assuming they’re OK; if there is a nearby water supply and sink, you can join the washer inlet hoses to the water supply and simply drain the washer directly into the sink – using the laundry tub drain system.
Alternatively you’ll need to run water supply pipes close to the unit and plumb a stand-pipe into the drainage system. Whichever drainage system you use, it will have a minimum operating height, which must be adhered to. Depending on the Whirlpool stackable model you purchase the dryer could be a condensing one or a ‘vented’ one.
If it uses a vent, you could just trail the venting tube out of a nearby door or window. However, this can look unsightly and would certainly not be within most DIY enthusiasts ‘comfort zone’. So, the next DIY job is to create a route for the venting tube to reach the outside of the building. This will probably involve cutting through an outside wall and installing a conduit for the venting tube, finished off on the outer wall with either a hood or ventilated cover.
Your Whirlpool stackable washer dryer system will require a supply of electricity. If there is already a power socket nearby you can simply plug into that. However, as electricity and water do not mix well together; if you need to add a power socket to the electrical system for the Whirlpool units to use – please use a qualified electrician. Also, if the Whirlpool system you buy uses a gas heating system – be sure to use a qualified gas installer as required.
Apart from regularly removing any build up of lint in the dryer and cleaning the washer drum, very little maintenance is required. Occasional inspection of the inlet hoses will reduce the risk of any sudden leakage from them and, at least annually, inspect and clean up any venting system blockages.