A burst washing machine hose can easily flood your home, damaging your possessions. The best insurance against such a disaster is to replace old rubber hoses that can split open with steel-jacketed hoses for your washing machine.
APWagner.com carries braided Stainless Steel Washer Fill Hoses in several lengths that are great for your home or business.
It is recommended that you leave at least three to four inches between the back of the washing machine and the wall. This space will be easier on the hose and connectors and will lengthy the life of your hoses. Too much kinking and tight angles puts extra pressure on the hoses and their connectors.
Once your new hoses are installed, it is recommended you check the hoses and connections every six months and replace your hoses after five years. A helpful way to do this is to label your hoses with the date of installation. Be sure to leave room on the label so you can write the dates for each inspection. Even if your hoses are stainless steel, kinking and water can cause the hose to deteriorate. The connectors can also loosen or fail over time, so inspection is important.
This article will guide you through replacing your old washer hoses step-by-step.
If the old washer hoses are stuck on tight, here are a few helpful suggestions:
- Relieve the water pressure in your hoses by turning off the water supply valves and turning on the washing machine for a few minutes then turn it off again. This will get all the water out of the hoses.
- Pull the washer out from against the wall as far as you can in order to get behind the washer. This will make it easier to remove the old hoses with a wrench and give you proper leverage.
- Spray WD-40 or other lubricating solvent to loosen the connection.
- Be sure you are turning your wrench or pliers in the correct direction (lefty loosey).
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