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Best advice for moving washer and dryer
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Post# 564208   12/20/2011 at 02:02 (4,538 days old) by qualin (Canada)        

Hello everyone.

Being the good son that I am, I'm going to be eventually giving my mother my 2004 vintage GE Top loader washer and dryer.

The problem is, it's now winter here and temperatures are hovering around -10 C. They'll soon start dropping down to -25 C.

My mother has an SUV, but I don't like the idea of laying the washer and/or dryer down on their side for a few reasons mentioned in other forums. It doesn't help either that I'm not sure where the original shipping rod for the washer went.

I've been thinking about calling some professional movers since I don't have a truck or a dolly which will move them. I'm concerned about the cold damaging the machines on their way.

My mother lives about a 2 hr drive away so when the machines arrive, they'll be very frozen. I'm concerned about things like the balance ring, the pump, etc.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Post# 564220 , Reply# 1   12/20/2011 at 05:32 (4,538 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Probably would be best to rent or borrow a van that can allow the machines to stay upright and isolate them from the cold for the two hour trip.U Haul comes to mind.They can rent the dollies,too to move the machines to and from the truck.

Post# 564240 , Reply# 2   12/20/2011 at 08:13 (4,538 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Bud the shipping rod was not designed to be reinstalled, so don't worry about it. In freezing temperatures this washer should remain upright so the balance ring will freeze evenly and not break. You also either need to pour a cup of antifreeze in the washer and run the machine in the finale spin for a minute and then when you get it out of the house remove the drain hose from the back of the washer. If you don't want to use antifreeze remove the front panel and take the corrugated hose off the water pump. Also remove both inlet hoses from the back of the washer and energize both the H & C inlet valves to drain them.

Post# 564310 , Reply# 3   12/20/2011 at 15:04 (4,537 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Car antifreeze (ethylene glycol) has additives you probably don't want in a washer. A nontoxic additive-free alternative is propylene glycol. It's approved for use in food and cosmetics so harmless to a washer and very similar antifreeze characteristic. Many drugstores sell it and it's cheap. May not be on the shelf, ask the pharmacist. A pint is sufficient. It is not a regulated substance.

The dryer has no suspension so it shouldn't mind laying down. Possible to block the washer suspension but requires some disassembly. Renting a proper enclosed trailer so both can stand up is the most direct solution.

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