When it comes to water and electricity, it is always worth going down the safer route to pay a professional plumber for the installation or removal of a washing machine regardless of whether you own a freestanding, integrated or built-in washing machine. A pipe not correctly blocked off during the removal of a washing machine could result in a water leak. An incorrect installation, where the dump hose is not correctly installed could result in the pump of your brand new washing machine being burnt out.

How much will it cost to install or remove a washing machine?

A plumber can assist you with installing or removing a washing machine. A few factors will determine the price, from the arrival of the machine, how many floor levels up or down does it need to be carried and what space is there to work in for the location of the washing machine? Often, what seems a bigger job of removing an old existing washing machine to fit and install a brand new machine might be a quicker and easier job than installing a machine when a washing machine has not been set up in that space before. This is because the pipework will already be in place to bring in water and a waste pipe to carry away the grey water, as well as an electrical socket (hopefully not right below the water pipe!).

How much to install or remove a washing machine

Per

Average cost

Disconnecting a machine to install a new washing machine in situ

Per hour 

£70

Removing an old washing machine and capping off pipework

Per hour 

£70 

Installing a new washing machine with pipework already in place

Per hour 

£70

Relocate a washing machine to a new space

Per hour 

£100

Do I need special plumbing for a washing machine?

For a washing machine to run efficiently, it has four basic needs; a level base to sit on, an electricity socket for power, a waste pipe and a water feed. As a washing machine is usually being fitted indoors on a kitchen, bathroom or utility floor, this means the floor should be even to begin with. If there is a slight ‘wobble’ on your washing machine, you can adjust the feet to ensure a steady smoothness so that during the spin cycle there will not be any movement that could put stress on the washing machine drum.

The need for an electricity socket is an obvious ‘power-up’ need for any appliance. When moving into a home, most homes have an allocated spot for the washing machine to be installed where there is the water feed pipe as well as access to the waste pipe. Mostly nowadays, it is just the cold water that is connected onto the machine, but if you have the option for hot water too and your washing machine has a red valve inlet, then you can decide if you want to connect the hot tap. Washing machines come with a built-in heating element so if only a cold water feed is connected, the machine can warm the water.

To dispel the waste water, the washing machine will be supplied with a flexi-hose and this will either need a waste pipe standing upright to be ‘hooked’ over to or it will need to be fitted to join waste pipework under the kitchen sink.

Can I have my washing machine installed in a new location?

In short, YES, you can have a washing machine relocated and installed in a new area of your home but for safety reasons, you will want to ensure it is sitting on a hard floor incase of any water leaks or the times you need to empty the filter. Water leaking out would destroy a carpet and leave the room smelling. There will have to be a water pipe near for the plumber to ‘tap into’ for the cold feed and the plumber may have to extend pipework to reach the waste pipework for draining water from the machine. If you are planning to install your new washing machine in a bathroom, just remember that any plug sockets have to be a few metres away from a bath or shower and do check with the manufacturer of your machine that it is safe to fit in the bathroom.

How much will it cost to repair pipework or seals for my washing machine?

If your washing machine stops working, perhaps it is not draining, not bringing in water, extremely noisy or making a burning smell on the spin cycle, then before getting into the expense of replacing your machine, best is to call out a plumber and let them have a look at repairing the washing machine. It could be something as simple as a limescale blockage in the pipework, dog hair blocking the filter or a seal that has deteriorated. If it is a faulty part, e.g. the heating element is broken or pump burnt out, most local plumbers will be able to source the parts and replace any worn out components without charging you more than an hours call-out and the cost of the materials ordered (generic parts mostly are cheaper than the brand manufacturer).


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to unblock a clogged toilet £69
Cost to seal or re silicone a bath or shower £56
Cost to replace toilet float valve £41
Cost to replace a toilet £110
Cost to replace a bath £200
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £110
Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap £151
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to replace heating expansion header tank £134
Cost to fit a new bathroom basin £162
Cost to fit an outside garden tap £68
Cost to fit a water softener £110
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to replace a cold water storage tank £130
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

Rates for other trades

Install a washing machine cost in the UK
Install a washing machine cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKInstall a washing machine cost
Install a washing machine near Aberdeen£74
Install a washing machine near Amber Valley£78
Install a washing machine near Angus£72
Install a washing machine near Arun£86
Install a washing machine near Ashfield£76
Install a washing machine near Aylesbury Vale£98
Install a washing machine near Barnsley£70
Install a washing machine near Basildon£90
Install a washing machine near Basingstoke & Deane£108
Install a washing machine near Bassetlaw£66
Install a washing machine near Bath & North East Somerset£78
Install a washing machine near Bedford£96
Install a washing machine near Belfast£64
Install a washing machine near Birmingham£78
Install a washing machine near Blackburn£98
Install a washing machine near Blackpool£68
Install a washing machine near Bolton£90
Install a washing machine near Bournemouth£86
Install a washing machine near Bracknell Forest£108
Install a washing machine near Bradford£82
Install a washing machine near Braintree£88
Install a washing machine near Breckland£58
Install a washing machine near Bridgend£72
Install a washing machine near Brighton£90
Install a washing machine near Bristol£74
Install a washing machine near Broadland£84
Install a washing machine near Broxtowe£76
Install a washing machine near Bury£90
Install a washing machine near Caerphilly£66
Install a washing machine near Calderdale£80
Install a washing machine near Cambridge£86
Install a washing machine near Canterbury£88
Install a washing machine near Cardiff£68
Install a washing machine near Carmarthenshire£56
Install a washing machine near Charnwood£74
Install a washing machine near Chelmsford£88
Install a washing machine near Cheltenham£86
Install a washing machine near Cherwell£88
Install a washing machine near Chester£74
Install a washing machine near Colchester£88
Install a washing machine near Conway£62
Install a washing machine near Coventry£76
Install a washing machine near Crewe & Nantwich£70
Install a washing machine near Dacorum£102
Install a washing machine near Derby£76
Install a washing machine near Doncaster£68
Install a washing machine near Dover£88
Install a washing machine near Dudley£78
Install a washing machine near Dumfries & Galloway£70
Install a washing machine near Dundee£80
Install a washing machine near East Ayrshire£82
Install a washing machine near East Devon£66
Install a washing machine near East Dunbartonshire£78
Install a washing machine near East Hampshire£84
Install a washing machine near East Hertfordshire£98
Install a washing machine near East Lindsey£70
Install a washing machine near East Riding£74
Install a washing machine near Eastleigh£84
Install a washing machine near Edinburgh£78
Install a washing machine near Elmbridge£110
Install a washing machine near Epping Forest£108
Install a washing machine near Erewash£78
Install a washing machine near Exeter£72
Install a washing machine near Falkirk£78
Install a washing machine near Fife£76
Install a washing machine near Flintshire£74
Install a washing machine near Gateshead£78
Install a washing machine near Gedling£78
Install a washing machine near Glasgow£78
Install a washing machine near Gloucester£136
Install a washing machine near Guildford£112
Install a washing machine near Gwynedd£60
Install a washing machine near Halton£74
Install a washing machine near Harrogate£72
Install a washing machine near Havant & Waterloo£78
Install a washing machine near Highland£80
Install a washing machine near Horsham£100
Install a washing machine near Huntingdonshire£86
Install a washing machine near Ipswich£120
Install a washing machine near Isle of Wight£76
Install a washing machine near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£66
Install a washing machine near Kingston-upon-Hull£74
Install a washing machine near Kirklees£82
Install a washing machine near Knowsley£72
Install a washing machine near Lancaster£74
Install a washing machine near Leeds£84
Install a washing machine near Leicester£72
Install a washing machine near Lisburn£64
Install a washing machine near Liverpool£72
Install a washing machine near London£108
Install a washing machine near Luton£102
Install a washing machine near Macclesfield£70
Install a washing machine near Maidstone£86
Install a washing machine near Manchester£76
Install a washing machine near Mid Bedfordshire£96
Install a washing machine near Mid Sussex£98
Install a washing machine near Middlesbrough£78
Install a washing machine near Milton Keynes£94
Install a washing machine near Neath Port Talbot£72
Install a washing machine near New Forest£82
Install a washing machine near Newbury£112
Install a washing machine near Newcastle-under-Lyme£68
Install a washing machine near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£78
Install a washing machine near Newport£68
Install a washing machine near North Ayrshire£76
Install a washing machine near North East Lincolnshire£72
Install a washing machine near North Hertfordshire£100
Install a washing machine near North Lanarkshire£76
Install a washing machine near North Lincolnshire£72
Install a washing machine near North Somerset£74
Install a washing machine near North Tyneside£78
Install a washing machine near North Wiltshire£92
Install a washing machine near Northampton£92
Install a washing machine near Norwich£80
Install a washing machine near Nottingham£76
Install a washing machine near Nuneaton & Bedworth£74
Install a washing machine near Oldham£76
Install a washing machine near Oxford£94
Install a washing machine near Pembrokeshire£54
Install a washing machine near Perth & Kinross£78
Install a washing machine near Peterborough£74
Install a washing machine near Plymouth£62
Install a washing machine near Poole£86
Install a washing machine near Portsmouth£78
Install a washing machine near Powys£84
Install a washing machine near Preston£104
Install a washing machine near Reading£108
Install a washing machine near Redcar & Cleveland£80
Install a washing machine near Reigate & Banstead£112
Install a washing machine near Renfrewshire£76
Install a washing machine near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£68
Install a washing machine near Rochdale£76
Install a washing machine near Rochester-upon-Medway£90
Install a washing machine near Rotherham£68
Install a washing machine near Salford£76
Install a washing machine near Salisbury£82
Install a washing machine near Sandwell£78
Install a washing machine near Scarborough£64
Install a washing machine near Scottish Borders£96
Install a washing machine near Sefton£70
Install a washing machine near Sevenoaks£102
Install a washing machine near Sheffield£68
Install a washing machine near Slough£104
Install a washing machine near Solihull£78
Install a washing machine near South Ayrshire£76
Install a washing machine near South Bedfordshire£96
Install a washing machine near South Cambridgeshire£88
Install a washing machine near South Gloucestershire£76
Install a washing machine near South Kesteven£78
Install a washing machine near South Lanarkshire£78
Install a washing machine near South Oxfordshire£96
Install a washing machine near South Somerset£62
Install a washing machine near South Tyneside£78
Install a washing machine near Southampton£82
Install a washing machine near Southend-on-Sea£86
Install a washing machine near St Albans£104
Install a washing machine near St Helens£74
Install a washing machine near Stafford£74
Install a washing machine near Stockport£76
Install a washing machine near Stockton-on-Tees£78
Install a washing machine near Stoke-on-Trent£68
Install a washing machine near Stratford-on-Avon£92
Install a washing machine near Stroud£82
Install a washing machine near Suffolk Coastal£126
Install a washing machine near Sunderland£78
Install a washing machine near Swale£88
Install a washing machine near Swansea£70
Install a washing machine near Tameside£76
Install a washing machine near Teignbridge£74
Install a washing machine near Tendring£114
Install a washing machine near Test Valley£82
Install a washing machine near Thamesdown£102
Install a washing machine near Thanet£84
Install a washing machine near The Wrekin£162
Install a washing machine near Thurrock£90
Install a washing machine near Torbay£78
Install a washing machine near Trafford£78
Install a washing machine near Vale of Glamorgan£74
Install a washing machine near Vale of White Horse£94
Install a washing machine near Vale Royal£78
Install a washing machine near Wakefield£82
Install a washing machine near Walsall£76
Install a washing machine near Warrington£76
Install a washing machine near Warwick£78
Install a washing machine near Waveney£84
Install a washing machine near Waverley£108
Install a washing machine near Wealden£94
Install a washing machine near West Lancashire£72
Install a washing machine near West Lothian£82
Install a washing machine near West Wiltshire£92
Install a washing machine near Wigan£76
Install a washing machine near Windsor & Maidenhead£104
Install a washing machine near Wirral£72
Install a washing machine near Wokingham£110
Install a washing machine near Wolverhampton£78
Install a washing machine near Wrexham Maelor£78
Install a washing machine near Wychavon£82
Install a washing machine near Wycombe£106
Install a washing machine near York£72