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How should I store my front-loading washer and dryer for 2 years?

We are moving overseas and need to store washer and dryer here in the USA. Model #s are Kenmore washer 8540912A HE 2 plus and Kenmore Dryer W10035050 HE2. Are there special parts we need and how should we prepare for the storage?

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Joey S
I recommend covering up the exhaust outlet with tape to prevent any animals from making a nest inside, and cover the gas pipe too if it's a gas dryer. Cover and seal the entire dryer and washer with plastic to prevent dust or anything else from collecting directly on the finish.

Vacation, Storage, and Moving Care:

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

Non-use or vacation care:

Operate your washer only when you are at home. If you will be on vacation or not using your washer for an extended period of time, you should:

Unplug washer or disconnect power.

Turn off the water supply to the washer. This helps avoid accidental flooding (due to a water pressure surge) while you are away.

Slightly open door to provide ventilation.

To transport the washer:

1. If washer will be moved during freezing weather, put in 1 qt (1 L) of R.V.-type antifreeze in the drum. Run washer on a Drain & Spin cycle.

2. Unplug the power cord.

3. Disconnect the drain hose from the drain system and attach to rear panel clips.

4. Shut off both water faucets.

5. Disconnect the water inlet hoses from faucets, then drain the hoses and clip them to the rear panel of the washer.

6. IMPORTANT: Call service. Do not reuse transport bolts.

Washer must be transported in the upright position. To avoid suspension and structural damage, your machine must be properly set up for relocation by a certified technician.

To winterize washer:

1. Put 1 qt (1 L) of R.V.-type antifreeze in the drum.

2. Run washer on a Drain & Spin cycle.

3. Unplug washer or disconnect power.

4. Shut off both water faucets.

5. Disconnect water inlet hoses from faucets and drain.
by Joey S Earned 82,123 community points in Washers
May 9th, 2008
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