Replacing dishwasher with washing machine

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  1. ripkenspal

    ripkenspal New Member

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    Is it possible to replace a dishwasher with a washing machine? I know the in and out pipe / hose sizes are traditionally different (dishwasher smaller), but is it possible to hook up a small washing machine that will utilize the connections my dishwasher now does?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Probably not. The drainage will be completely inadequate. You will have to improvise a cold water supply, and the hot water line will have to be increased in size. A portable dishwasher might be a better option, but even then you have to ensure that the faucet will handle the water connection.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    No...not enough water and not enough drain! Not to mention..does anyone even make a WM which would fit in the space??
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    If you can live with very long wash cycle times, some of them will work with a small supply as they have level sensors - course, it might take it 20-minutes to fill. Most WM are wider and taller than a typical 24" DW space, and aren't designed to fit underneath a counter. Most portable ones are designed to discharge into the sink, but we don't see this type in the USA much.
  5. ripkenspal

    ripkenspal New Member

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    Thanks, guys. I think I am going with a portable washer (Haier 1.0 Cubic Foot Portable Washing Machine). I'd prefer not to flood my kitchen! Then I'm gonna use that space for a no-vent washer and start saving quarters.

    By the way, they do have front loading washers that fit the space well. Most are about 24 x 24 x 33 (h). Same with these no vent dryers.
  6. JackWills

    JackWills New Member

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    I am a little late then even, the portable washer is best, flexi and economy so will do good to your dishwasher.
  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Those mini machines are very pricey, can't wash large loads, and the dryers take forever to dry anything heavy like jeans or towels. I know what it is like to NOT have a W/D so in your shoes I would do the same thing....do what you gotta do!!!
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