Can a Washing Machine Be Transported on Its Back?

Of all the items to move come moving day, the washing machine is probably one of the most dreaded. It's big, bulky and is quite a chore to move. But to ensure that your machine makes it from point A to point B, move it with care and caution to get set for the loads of laundry that await you.

When possible, transport a washing machine upright rather than on its back.

Transporting on Its Back

When moving a washing machine, transport it on its back only as a last resort, and see that it is properly prepped for the move; otherwise, a damaged machine will likely result. If a washing machine is transported on its back, there is a good chance that water may empty from the inside into the electrical components and cause an electrical short when reconnected. Repairs can be costly.

Prepping for the Move

Getting a washing machine ready for transport is fairly simple. Unplug the power cord from the wall, and disconnect the water supply from the machine -- red and blue taps -- and disconnect the pipes from the plumbing system. To ensure that all water is out of the hose, put a bucket under the taps to catch any excess water. Empty any water sitting in the drain hose before moving the machine. You'll want to let the water flow with the drain hose sitting below the level of water inside the machine, or put the hose in a large container or bowl until it empties. When all of the water is emptied, attach the cables and pipes with strong tape, or store inside the drum of the washing machine.

Best Way to Transport

Prior to moving, wrap the machine in a blanket or other soft material, and set it in an upright position to minimize the least risk of damage. To lift the machine, use a dolly, especially if it is being moved by one person. Two people can adequately lift without a dolly. Further protect the machine while in transport by using heavy blankets or throws on the back of the truck to cushion against jarring movement.


Get professional assistance with moving to lessen the chance of the machine being damaged in a move. If excess water continues to drain from the washing machine after connections are removed, consult a plumbing professional to resolve the problem.