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How do you hook up a portable washer and dryer?

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A portable washer is hooked up to a kitchen faucet using a special drain hose assembly, while a portable dryer plugs into any standard three-prong outlet. Their smaller sizes make them ideal for apartments and condos, but that does mean washing smaller laundry loads.

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The average portable washer is roughly 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. To connect the washer, which is on casters, it is pulled near the faucet and an available electrical outlet. The floor should be flat and there must be enough room for ventilation along the sides and back of the appliance.

Remove the aerator from the faucet and screw on the faucet adapter, if needed. Connect the fill and drain hose assembly from the washer to the faucet, which can either screw on or slide into place. One part connects to the faucet, while the other drains into the sink. Plug the washer into a grounded three-prong outlet. Turn on the faucet and use the water flow button on the hose assembly to test the water temperature.

The portable dryer just needs to be plugged into a standard 110V, three-prong outlet. No venting is required on most models, but the dryer should have enough space to provide good ventilation. Some models, such as the Nina Soft Spin Dryer, are small enough to fit on a counter top.

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