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Old 11-23-2017, 12:05 PM
Location: the Pacific North West
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Moving via PackRat from TX to WA in December. As I've researched how to prep the washing machine for transport, I've seen recommendations about adding antifreeze to the drum for winter moves... since you can never really get all of the water out. Has anyone done this or had a professional mover do this? We've only moved during summer before.
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:54 PM
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Here are a few websites with info. Some are for vacation homes so just adapt for moving.

How to Winterize a Washing Machine | Home Guides | SF Gate


How to Winterize your Washer for Storage or Travel

BTW, use the PINK RV antifreeze
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:23 PM
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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Why bother?

Any possible frozen water will melt when you bring it inside. Also, depending on where you are moving, WA isn't exactly super cold.
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Old 11-23-2017, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by abnfdc View Post
Why bother?

Any possible frozen water will melt when you bring it inside. Also, depending on where you are moving, WA isn't exactly super cold.
Because water expands when it freezes and if it's in a restricted spot it can pop joints and split hoses and break things inside the machine.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:21 PM
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Go to any RV store and buy a gallon of fresh water system antifreeze, probably from $4 to $5 depending on brand and sales. This is not your typical automotive or mobile home winterizing antifreeze, this is perfectly safe in washing machines as it contains no corrosive/solvent or bonding ingredients.

Disconnect both water line. Start the machine on the smallest single cycle (one where it sloshes around and drains only once) on the smallest water level possible. When it starts to fill, pour the jug of antifreeze in the water lines with a funnel alternating so each line has antifreeze in it. If any antifreeze is left over, just pour it directly in the drum. If the machine needs more water, pour that directly into the tub, not the water line as that will wash out the antifreeze in the lines. It's best to know in advance how much water the machine takes so you can have enough antifreeze on hand. Never dilute beyond the labels recommendation. Run it through the cycle.

When done, wipe out any standing fluid with paper towels. Lay the water lines low so any excess antifreeze will drain out of the lines. If you have a drain only (or drain and spin only) cycle, run that after letting the machine stand for an hour to get rid of any excess antifreeze that may have worked it's way down into the drain. When the move is complete, just run the machine through a normal multi cycle wash with regular laundry detergent and that should clean all the antifreeze out.

Of course, you can just do nothing as the machine would have to actually be exposed to freezing temperatures versus being wrapped inside a container where the container may be in freezing temperatures but the contents never get below freezing.
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