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Plumbing  /  July 28, 2022

Calgary Home Repair: Why Hire a Handyman To Install a Washing Machine?

Why hire handyman to install washing machine

Washing machines are heavy, large, and complex to install. Modern washing machines also have intricate circuitry and computer chips that need to be handled with care. While it is possible to try and do it yourself, using professional plumbing services in Calgary ensures it will be done safely, quickly, and without creating additional expenses down the road. 

Why Should You Hire Handyman Connection? 

Installing a washing machine may not be as simple as it appears. It is not just about getting rid of the old washing machine and putting the new one in. 

Electrical Concerns

A professional handyman in Calgary will be able to help you with identifying whether your electrical outlet needs retrofitting. Some new models of washing machines have a four-prong plug, which may not fit your old outlet. Professionals will also make sure that no water comes into contact with electricity. 

Heavy Lifting 

A professional plumber will bring a team of people to complete the load-in and load-out of the heavy machines. This way, you don’t have to coordinate with neighbours or friends to come over. 

Complex Plumbing 

There will be water in the existing old machine and in the drain line. You will also need to think about the water supply itself. If there is a shutoff valve in your utility room, great. If not, you’ll need a professional plumber to find the water main to the home, locate a master key, and shut it off. Water pressure to the rest of the house will also need to be maintained when turning the water main off and on. 

Disconnection and Disposal of the Old Unit

Professionals will bring all of the supplies needed to successfully drain, disconnect and dispose of the old unit. This includes specialty tools such as a plumber’s wrench, plumbing tape, U-Connectors and plumbing hoses. Most homeowners do not have every tool needed before the project begins, thus resulting in multiple trips to the store or costly new purchases. 

Pros and Cons of DIY Installation

There is a real appeal in handling a household project all by yourself. We are genuinely proud, independent people, and there is a distinct satisfaction in getting a job done well. DIY projects can be fun, memorable, and valuable learning experiences. Sometimes you can save money by not hiring a service. It may also seem like a hassle to make numerous phone calls, get quotes, decide on a vendor and then wait for the day of the service. 

There are also legitimate downsides to doing it yourself, including late nights during evenings and weekends, getting in too deep resulting in having to call a service anyway, and dangerous conditions that a professional could have foreseen. 

Dangers of DIY Installation

The biggest dangers of doing it yourself include electrocution, electrical shorts and surges that may damage your new appliance, and personal injury. 

  • Electrocution: Any time water may come into contact with electricity, there is a risk of electrocution. Washing machines are famous for leaking and pouring their drain’s contents onto a floor unexpectedly. 
  • Electrical Shorting: Decades ago, washing machines were simple, with only a couple of knobs and a few buttons. Now, washing machines include computerized microchips and wireless internet connections. If electricity surges through the machine, it could permanently ruin the engineered circuitry. 
  • Injury: Because of the circular drum inside these machines, they are very heavy. It is easy to crush a toe or cause a back injury if one does not have help maneuvering them. 

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