Why is it necessary to unscrew the screws when connecting a washing machine?

Purchased a new washing machine? Now you need to connect it correctly. It depends on how long your washing machine will last. Usually the wiring instructions are boring and often people don't really read them. Oh worth it. In addition to describing what certain applications mean, two important connection moments are described here: before use, remove the transit bolts and bend the drain hose correctly.

Everything is clear with the drain hose - it must be bent so that the washing machine does not retain water after washing and it simply drains into the drain. This will prevent bad odors and washing machine malfunctions (usually showing various error messages, if the system cannot completely remove water, stops before all washing cycles are completed). And what's wrong with those bolts that they need to be removed? Frequent manufacturers tell you to do so, frightened by an invalid warranty, but don't explain WHY do we have to?

Why do you need those transit screws?

At the back of the washing machine, four long screws are tightened in four places. They need to be unscrewed and pulled out, and special plastic caps are usually added to the remaining holes. These screws are also known as transit or transport screws.

What do they consider? If you were more interested in how your washing machine works, you would find that the washing drum is mounted on special shock absorbers, which have to dampen the vibration caused by uneven rotation. The shock absorbers are quite sensitive, and they also have additional sensors and mechanisms for more efficient control of the modern washing machine. One such mechanism is the scales so that the drum itself weighs the load placed on the laundry and applies the washing program accordingly. All this mechanism is extremely sensitive, so balancing it before the washing machine is sold is a very dangerous phenomenon. The manufacturer is not risk averse, so the drum is secured with four brackets with the above bolts.

Why do I need to unscrew the washing machine fixing screws?

When you buy a washing machine, you will most likely try to bring it in the trunk of your car. The washing machine weighs about 50 kilograms and is quite unfavorable for transportation per person. By the way, not everyone has capacious luggage, so you do not want to have to put it down, although it is highly recommended. That's where those bolts are a very good solution.

When plugging in the washing machine, it is necessary to unscrew them to make the drum loose and function normally. If the bolts remain unscrewed, the washing machine drum does not have much space to move, so the shock absorber cannot neutralize the vibration. In addition, breaking one of the brackets or loosening one of the screws will increase the vibration even further. This is how the washing machine starts to "walk". Neither the rubber mat nor the screws on the wall help. There have been cases when the washing machine has even turned over to the side and filled it up.

Don't want such a nightmare? Remove the screws. The longer you spin them and let the machine run, the more the drum, shock absorber and other sensors will fire. It is possible that your washing machine will fail within the first year and its repair will be considered non-warranted because you did not follow the installation instructions.

Do not discard the screws!

We recommend that you keep the screws as you remove them. This can be done by placing them in a bag, sealing it with a tape and sticking it with a note of what it is. One year from now, you won't really remember what those bolts looked like and where you put them in the pantry.

If your washing machine breaks down and needs to be transported to an after-sales service or even an e-mail. find the bolts in the store where you bought them and screw them back in. This will secure the drum and make the washing machine safe to transport again. Net
turned on its side, although without protective packaging.

An English video in which a mechanic explains quite simply why transit bolts are needed and why they need to be removed. 

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