How to Store a Washer/Dryer Set

By Patrick Galvan,

Like most household appliances, washers and dryers are both essential for living and expensive to own. Even simple repairs can cost a pretty penny, so you’ll want to take every precaution to protect them in the rare instances when you need to transport and store them. This includes finding a safe place for storage.

If you’re moving, have you considered keeping your washer and dryer in a self storage unit? Here are some tips to prevent damage to these household appliances both in the process of transportation and while they’re in storage.

Clean and Dry Out Both Appliances

Before you move your washer and dryer into storage, thoroughly clean the inside of both appliances. This is very important when storing long term, as neglecting these could lead to pricey damages.

To clean your washer for long-term storage, run it empty on a normal rinse cycle with bleach or white vinegar. This is done to remove the buildup, residue, and drain lines left behind by laundry detergent. Once the residue is gone, leave the washer’s door open for 12-24 days so the appliance can dry out completely. Trapped water in a contained space could lead to the development of rust, physical deterioration, and a costly maintenance fee! If you don’t have that much time to spare, you can point a fan toward the open door of your washer to speed up the drying process.

Water can easily become trapped inside the hoses of your washer, too. To dry them out, pull your washer away from the wall far enough to unplug the hoses. Then, allow the water to drain into a bucket. Again, wait a few days for the hoses to dry out completely, then separate them from the washer and store them in a box or plastic bag.

Cleaning your dryer is simpler. Since you don’t have to worry about water and residue, your only concern is cleaning out any lint, debris, and dryer sheets left inside.

How to Transport and Store a Washer and Dryer

Once you’ve cleaned your washer and dryer, use a strong tape to hold their doors shut so they don’t bang around or get broken during the move. Once these appliances are in storage, however, leave the doors open to prevent condensation.

To avoid dust forming on the inside or outside of your appliances, cover them with a blanket or a sheet. Don’t use a plastic tarp because this could trap moisture and lead to mildew, mold, and condensation. For this reason, you should also avoid storing items inside your washer and dryer. As convenient as it sounds to use them as makeshift storage containers, you’ll just be increasing the risk of developing dust and other damages.

The next time you move and store household appliances like a washer and dryer, be sure to properly care for them before you store them, while you store them, and as you move them.