If you’ve ever found yourself in a state where you needed to transport your washing machine from one place to the other, you would understand what it means to be stranded.
Most especially when you’re in a car. Many are the reasons that will make one want to transport a washing machine from one place to the other.
And that happens, one of the many questions that will be going through the mind would be, would a washing machine fit in a car? If not, how then will it be transported?
The type of car will determine whether the washing machine will fit into. Not only that but also the size and weight of the washing machine in question.
The small-sized washing machine will fit in most cars, even with saloon cars. And even with medium-sized washing machines, the car fit into most saloon cars when the back seat is removed.
Washing machines can fit into vans and pick-up trucks with much ease. Vans for instance have much space to contain a washing machine of all sizes with less struggle.
And when we talk of pick-ups, they’ve got enough space at their back where a washing machine can sit comfortably.
Washing machines can also fit so well in cars like four-wheel drive (4WD), RAV4, suburban, and many other huge cars.
Weight balance is also a critical factor to consider, as the car might have a good to contain the washing machine but the washing machine might be much heavier.
This will definitely make the movement of the car difficult, which will end up putting pressure on the car.
How to Know if a Washing Machine Would Fit in a Car
You might at times know just by glance if a washing machine will fit in a car. However, in some cases, your guess will be wrong, because not all the factors that count can be accessed by sight.
Hence, until all those considerable factors have been satisfied, there’s a 50-50 chance of either getting it right or wrong.
So now let’s have a look at some things or factors that will make us know for sure if a washing machine will fit in a car.
- Size of the washing machine and how spacious the car is
- Weight of both the car and washing machine
Size of the washing machine and how spacious the car is
Size is the first thing that will definitely come to mind when you intend to move an object like a washing machine around.
Is the washing machine a small-sized, medium-sized, large-sized, or even extra-large-sized?
Now that you know the size of the washing machine, you can easily know by sight the car that can comfortably contain the washing machine. And with that, we shouldn’t get confused with the space and size of the car.
A car can be very big, I mean huge but wouldn’t have enough space. In this case, our interest is in space.
There are times, you might notice there isn’t enough space in the car, but then there are some unnecessary kinds of stuff in it that can be removed without affecting the car.
Some of these kinds of stuff could be seats and car tires in the boot. So you get rid of them, and if possible, like the seat, you fold the upper erected one on the sitting part.
Weight of both the car and washing machine
Looking at just the size of the washing machine per the space available in the car can be deceptive.
It’s like you considering just the age of someone and assuming you’re older than him or her hence you can carry him or her.
If that’s your ideology then you’ve not yet met someone who is 10 years older or more, who happens to be heavier and bigger than you.
So over here, we look at how heavy is the car? How heavy is the washing machine? Will the car be able to carry the washing machine?
Without considering this, you’ll end up placing the washing machine successfully into the car, but it wouldn’t move.
And even if it will move you will hear or feel the lower part of the car scratching the surface of the road. Which will condemn the car in the shortest possible time.
With that, some cars are known to be light-weighted, so you avoid those cars if the washing machine happens to be heavier. And stick with heavy cars.
Can You Transport a Washing Machine on its Side or Laying Down?
Moving the washing machine can be done in so many ways. But the question is, are all these options one has with the moving of a washing machine safe for it?
Will the washing machine be able to function as expected after it has been moved?It’s dangerous to move the washing either by the side or on the back.
You will end up damaging some interior parts of the washing machine. There’s a suspension mechanism system in the washing machine that keeps the tubs floating.
Sliding the washing on the side tends to damage this mechanism. Irrespective of the protective cushioning you place the washing machine in, it’s never safe to move it on the side or back.
One other damage moving it on the side does is, it causes misalignment, as the two tubs of the washing machine strikes against each other.
The best and safe position to move the washing machine is the upright position. And if you will need more hands to enable you to do it right, you should.
There are many courier companies around that can help in that respect. You could also utilize a dolly to move it from the ground level, or through any obstacle like the stairs.
Also, it is much understandable, that there are some circumstances you come across in moving a washing machine that will need you to slide it either on the side or back, but you should try as much as possible to move it in the upright position.
What to do Before Moving a Washing Machine
Now that we are aware of the best way of moving a washing machine and what not to do when moving or transporting a washing machine, we will then look at what to do before we initiate the movement of the washing machine.
Should we just move it once we decide to move it? To avoid any kind of spills as the washing machine is been moved, it has to be drained.
And in doing so, first, turn off the water supply to the washer, and run it for a few minutes.
After that has been accomplished, for safety reasons, turn off the power and unplug the washing machine. If the dryer uses gas, you make sure to turn off the gas supply as well.
You can now go ahead and disconnect the hose from the water supply valve, and drain them. Detach the hose from the back of the washing machine too
Once all power sources and water supplies have been turned, with all attached parts disconnected, the washing machine can now be moved. And it should be moved in the upright position as it has already been discussed.
There are many factors that will determine whether a washing machine would fit in a car.
And out of these factors, the ones that can’t be ignored include the size of the washing machine and the space available in the car. You can again consider the weight of the washing machine, as well as that of the car.
To safely move a washing machine without any casualties, it should always be moved in the upright position, and you avoid moving it on its side or back. This causes several damages to the interior parts of the washer.
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