Install washer and dryer

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Posted by: from Vancouver
2/8/2010 at 10:41:31 AM

Hello... I need to hire a contractor to install a washer and dryer but first I'm not sure if this can be done.

My condo does not have an in-suite washer and dryer, which means nothing has been previously put in place to house them. Can I still install a dryer since it would not plug into a standard socket? And can the vent be hooked up to my bathroom vent (it would be installed right next to the bathroom).

The building manager has mentioned that they do not allow washers to be installed because of the "old pipes" (built in '92), but I could get a dryer I'm assuming if it's possible (and a washer if it's nice and quiet ;)

Does anyone have any insight if I can get all this done with nothing plumbed previously and no electrical set up??

Thank you,


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Date/Time2/14/2010 at 2:00:00 PM

Hello Michael, Unless you are planning on doing major reno to your Condo you are out of luck. The dryer requires a 220v receptacle and a way to exaust it. You are not alound to hook up a dryer to the bathroom fan. All you will be doing is blowing the humid air into your bathroom. Secound your washer would requir Hot and Cold water plus a drain for the water to go. I am not sure why they would say the pipes are to old.....that does not make sense but I can understand that the laundry room should have a floor drain in order to prevent a flood in the other units should your washing machine back up.Im guesing that they have washer and dryers in the basement that are coin operated in order to generate more income for the building.

Hope this helps


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Michael in Vancouver
Date/Time2/15/2010 at 3:14:47 AM

Thanks, Rene.

I was hoping that because the washer would be installed next to the bathroom, the hot and cold water pipes could feed from the bathroom sink to the washer, and the drain would just feed into the sink drain.

As for the dryer, I was reading that if I had two free 110V receptacles, those could be used to power the dryer (220V). But I`m not sure... (although I`ve seen some dryers you can buy that are 110V). And with venting, is it not possible to somehow use the current vent system for the bathroom or the oven vent?

Thanks for your insight.

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