LG Front Load Washer Optimal Setup Tips
There are a few details you should always keep in mind when installing your new washer—like location, if you want or don't want a pedestal, how to minimize noise, and how to connect the water supply. Next, you will find a few tips to help ensure the perfect setup.
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Choosing the Proper Location
- Make sure it will not be exposed to temperatures below freezing, or exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
- The washer needs to be within reach of an outlet—usually 60 inches, or 1.5 meters will do—and the plug easily accessible.
- Don't install in a wet or damp area.
- Hook up one appliance per outlet.
- Do not remove ground prong, the washer must be plugged into a 3-prong grounded outlet.
- Avoid using an extension cord and install a circuit breaker if possible.
- Remember to ground it in accordance with current regulations.
- Choose a place where a water supply can be easily connected.
- Do your best to level the washer machine to avoid vibration and noise. Learn how
- Ensure clearance for water lines and airflow by giving at least 1 in. (2.54 cm) at the sides and 4 in. (10 cm) in the back. Wall, door or floor moldings may increase the need for space
- To open the door, you'll need at least 24 inches (61.2 cm) in the front.
- If you're installing your washer over carpet, make sure the base opening is not obstructed.
Installing a Pedestal Base or a Stacking Kit
If you are installing your washer using an optional
pedestal base or stacking kit, please refer to the
instructions for your pedestal or stacking kit before
proceeding with the installation.
Connecting the Water and Drain Lines
Get step-by-step instructions on how to connect a water line to your washer. Do it the right way can
increase the life of your washer.
Before you start, know that it's vital that
you use new hoses when installing the
washer. If there is an old hose you were
hoping to reuse, don't. Please use the
inlet hoses provided by LG.
It's time to insert a rubber seal into the
threaded fitting on each hose: one on the
water inlet on the washer, and one on the
water hose that goes to the tap.
The hot water line goes in the red hot water
inlet on the back of the washer. Now attach
the cold water line to the blue cold water
inlet, also on the back of the washer. Make
sure you're not cross-threading the hose
fittings, then tighten them securely without
Almost done. Now attach the hot water
line to the hot water tap, and the cold water
line to the cold-water tap. Tighten the fittings.
Open the water taps fully to check for leaks,
and inspect the hose for cracks and wear.
Replace if necessary.
Ensure that the drain line is secure,
or you could have a lot of unwanted water
in your laundry room. There are three ways
to install your drain hose: a standpipe, a
laundry tub, and a floor drain.
Standpipe or Landry Tub: Start by clipping the end
of the hose into the elbow bracket. Now insert the end
of the drain hose into a standpipe, or hang it over the
side of the laundry tub and use a tie strap to secure
it in place. Check the total height of the hose and make
sure it doesn't exceed 96 inches (2.45 meters) from the
bottom of the washer.
Floor Drain: Simply insert the end of the drain hose into the
floor drain. Secure the hose in place to prevent it from
Leveling your Washer
The drum of your new washer can spin at surprisingly high speed—up to 1,400 RPMs. And although it boasts the TrueBalanceTM anti-vibration system, you'll need to make sure your washer is level. It will further help to reduce noise and vibration. Here's how:
First, take special care not to pinch,
strain, or crush the water and drain
lines while moving the washer.
Loosen the locknuts on all 4 leveling
feet until you can turn the feet with the
Now turn the bolts clockwise to raise the
washer, or counterclockwise to lower it. Do it
until the bubble on the level stays is right in
Gently rock the washer from corner to corner
to see if it's really level. If you've installing the
washer with the optional pedestal, use the
feet on the pedestal, and keep the washer's
leveling feet fully retracted and locked into
position with the locknuts.
Now that the washer is level from side
to side and front to back, tighten all the
locknuts. Make sure all four leveling feet are
in firm contact with the floor. If not, repeat
Getting it exactly level can be tricky, so run
the washer with a test load just to make sure. Place
around six pounds of laundry in the washer, press
POWER, select RINSE & SPIN
and press START/PAUSE. When it starts running,
check to see if it rocks or vibrates during the spin
cycle. If it does, repeat the procedure starting from
Some floor surfaces are too slippery to keep your
washing from moving on the floor during
unbalanced loads. If this is the case in your laundry
room, we suggest you to install non-skin pads to
prevent the washer from moving.
It's unlikely you'll experience any problems with your new LG front load washer any time soon, but if you ever do, this feature will allow you to diagnose the problem quickly.
So if have a problem with your machine, or can't figure out what to do when you get an error code, just contact us. Our LG customer service representatives will ask you to press a few buttons, and your washer will emit a tone to communicate operational information that allows us to give you a precise diagnose right there, over the phone.
This will help you minimize costly, inconvenient service calls. And if a visit is unavoidable, we will be ready to fix whatever problem your washer may have. It was about time washers got wise.