Self-Storage Guide: How To Prepare Your Washing Machine For Cold Storage Over The Winter Months

Posted on: 31 December 2015

Normally, placing household items in cold storage over the winter months doesn't involve any more considerations than when you place the items in warm storage. However there are some items that need special care and attention before you place them in cold storage to prevent the freezing temperatures of winter from causing damage to the item – one of those items is your washing machine. A used washing machine can have water inside it that can turn to ice. The ice can damage things like the motor, pump, and hoses. You need to make sure the washing machine has been prepared to face the cold before you put it into storage at a facility like Northgate Mini Storage over the winter.

You Will Need:

  • RV/Cottage Antifreeze
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Mop
  • Mop Bucket
  • Rags

Step One: Disconnect Water Supply

Pull the washing machine away from the wall and turn off the hot and cold water valves on the faucets that supply water to the washing machine.

Disconnect the hot and cold water hoses from the faucets. You should also disconnect the hoses from the machine. Set the hoses aside for now.

Step Two: Run Spin Cycle

Turn the control knob on the washing machine and set it at a spin cycle. Turn on the washer. The spin cycle will help remove excess water in the machine. Turn off the spin cycle after a few seconds.

Step Three: Add Antifreeze

Do not use the same type of antifreeze that you would use in your car. Antifreeze for cars can be toxic to the environment, pets and you. Use RV/Cottage antifreeze instead of car antifreeze. RV antifreeze is considered safe for the environment and you.

Pour a couple of cups of RV/Cottage antifreeze into the washing machine and turn the washing machine back on. Set the washing machine to the regular cycle and let it run for a few seconds. This antifreeze will circulate through the pumping system while dispelling the water in the system.

Turn the control knob to spin once more to vacate any excess antifreeze in the washing machine.Again, only let the spin cycle run for a few seconds.

Step Four: Disconnect the Drain Hose

Remove the drain hose from the lower backside of the washing machine. Water and antifreeze will usually drain out from the hose onto the floor. Clean up the water and antifreeze with a mop or rags.

Make sure all the water is removed from the drain and water hoses. Put the drain hoses into the washing machine for safe keeping over the winter.

The washing machine is now ready to be moved into a cold storage facility for the winter.