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Winter Storage Care for a Washing Machine - Top Load Washer



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Winter storage care


To avoid damage, install and store washer where it will not freeze. Because some water may stay in hoses, freezing can damage washer. If storing or moving during freezing weather, winterize your washer.

To winterize washer:

  1. Shut off both water faucets; disconnect and drain water inlet hoses.
  2. Put 1 qt. (1 L) of R.V.-type antifreeze in basket and run washer on RINSE & SPIN cycle for about 30 seconds to mix antifreeze and remaining water.
  3. Unplug washer or disconnect power.

Reinstalling and using washer again:


To reinstall washer after non-use, vacation, winter storage or moving:

  1. Refer to Installation Instructions to locate, level, and connect washer.
  2. Before using again, run washer through the following recommended procedure:

To use washer again:

  1. Flush water pipes and hoses. Reconnect water inlet hoses. Turn on both water faucets.
  2. Plug in washer or reconnect power.
  3. Run washer through Bulky/Sheets and Deep Water Wash cycle to clean washer and remove antifreeze, if used. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent. Use half the manufacturer’s recommended amount for a medium-size load

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