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How to Cross Washer and Dryer Connectors

How to cross washer and dryer connections to prevent door collision + why we love our Samsung set to make us more efficient in tackling our laundry pile.

Add this to the long list of projects we meant to do for months and wondered WHY in the world it took us so long once we actually made it happen.

You know all of those “As Seen on TV” commercials that show someone in black and white struggling with a #firstworldproblem?

Picture me for two solid years of dancing around these washer and dryer doors every time I had to move a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer because all this time I thought, “Well, this is an old house. The washer and dryer connections are backwards, and this is just the way it has to be.”

When we first moved in, I wanted a front load washer and dryer because I like having the ability to use the top as a folding table of sorts. So we got this Samsung Energy Star dryer and this Samsung AddWash High Efficiency washer, which we’ve loved ever since.

The biggest reason I wanted the washer was because of the little hatch in the front that allows me to add any renegade socks and dish towels at the last minute after starting the wash. (I blame mom brain… or Nargles.)

But because that fancy little hatch has a sophisticated locking system, I couldn’t just switch the doors to swing in the opposite directions to prevent door collision.

And then it dawned on Robert and me one evening in the midst of fighting with them that we could just swap the washer and dryer and cross their connectors.

Oddly enough, I couldn’t find any info out there for how to do this other than a bunch of contractor forums saying they do it “all the time”. So if you have the same struggle, I hope this helps. And while you’re at it, it’s a good idea to clean out your dryer vent for safety.

How to Cross Washer and Dryer Connectors:

The Steps:

1. Make sure your washer and dryer aren’t running (goes without saying, I know).

2. Pull your dryer away from the wall. (The dryer is lighter, so it’s easier to move than the washer.)

2. Detach the dryer vent duct from the wall and the dryer itself. (If your duct is shorter than 4-5 feet, you might need a longer one to cross your connectors.)

3. Vacuum any lint and dust out of the duct, the back of the dryer, and the wall vent.

4. Then shimmy that washer over to where the dryer used to sit. There’s no need to disconnect the washer hoses from the wall. (See above: My goofy handyman at work, y’all.)

5. Reposition your hoses so that there are no kinks to allow water to flow easily.

6. Move the dryer into the washer’s old spot and reposition the duct so that there are no kinks there either.

Ta da! In about 30 minutes, it was all fixed.

You have no idea how happy I am that I don’t have to dance around those doors banging together anymore.

And I get to keep my fancy little #mombrain hatch. Ha!

If you want to see how we gave this laundry room a budget refresh a couple of years ago, you can see all of the makeover details here.

I still can’t get over it.

If life requires that you do laundry, it helps to do it in a space that makes you happy, right? 😉

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  1. I did this for a long time too until we had a repairman come and he suggested that we switch the doors. What? Yes, he switched the doors for us so we didn’t have to move a thing. Wouldn’t it have been lovely if the installer had done that to begin with? Go figure!

  2. Yay! Those kinds of things matter, by golly! So happy for you – and I still can’t even believe how awesome you guys ade that laundry room. You did an amazing job.

  3. I love your laundry room decor! I have to ask where did you get that gorgeous laundry basket?

  4. So glad you don’t have to dance around those doors anymore! BTW, I have the front loading washer, also, and I add clothes all the time without having to have the door hatch. I just press the stop button, open the washer door and throw them in. There is only a couple of inches of water in the bottom at a time, so it is well below the lip of the machine. Just thought I would mention that for people who are thinking about getting one, but are afraid they can’t add clothes when the machine is already running. I used to think that, so put off getting one for years. SO glad I found that out. I LOVE my washer and dryer!!!! (I have Bosch.) Your laundry room looks great.