The most common variant of a free-standing washing machine is the front loader. This type of machine has the typical glass bull’s eye, which in technical jargon is also called sight glass. This porthole allows you to observe the washing process and the engine is loaded by the open porthole.
For front loaders, there are usually all the controls and also the detergent drawer on the front of the washing machine. However, for a few exceptional products, control buttons or display displays are attached to the cover. If you don’t want to put anything on the top cover, the controls are unproblematic at this point.
Free-standing washing machines are designed to have a sturdy cladding from three sides, which is also visually flawless. Nevertheless, these machines can of course also be used as a substructure device. If the consumer wants to get this option, because it may not be possible to integrate it into a kitchenette or a shelving system at a later time, he should buy a free-standing washing machine with complete controls on the front, not the top. However, free-standing washing machines require the so-called substructure sheet for a later substructure, which protects the adjacent furniture from moisture. A special connecting frame can be used to combine a free-standing washing machine with a tumble dryer. The connecting frame is mounted in such a way that the tumble dryer can be placed on top of the washing machine – the safe stand is guaranteed.
In addition to considering washing machine cover, in order for the washing machine to run properly, it must also be set up correctly.
A washing machine requires a water supply and a water drain. The water can also be discharged into the shower or bathtub if this is not otherwise possible, but it should be ensured that the drain hose is attached as firmly as possible so that the movement does not cause flooding when pumping out the water. If the washing machine is operated with rainwater or service water, it is also necessary to make sure that the water pressure in the supply line is suitable for the washing machine. This can be checked by a GWH operation.
The washing machine must be exactly in the balance, otherwise an imbalance and as a result, the bearing damage to the drum bearing threatens very quickly. After setting up the washing machine, it is essential to check with the water scale. A springy or yielding floor is generally not suitable as a place of installation. The high weight of the washing machine must also be taken into account.
With the help of the stand feet, a washing machine can usually be adjusted in such a way that existing slight bumps can still be compensated somewhat. The water balance must always be checked after each change in height, until the machine is exactly “in the water”, i.e. precisely aligned.
Transport fuses and test run
After connecting to the inlet and drain, the transport fuses on the machine still have to be removed. The procedure for this is always indicated in the operating instructions of the washing machine.
After removing the transport fuses, the washing machine should complete a test run – for this purpose, the entire washing program must be carried out at the highest temperature level (90 °C) when the washing machine is empty. Damage or defects that you notice should be complained about immediately.