The hoses that connect a washing machine to your water system are liable to become worn and degraded over time. To prevent the risk of flooding, it is wise to inspect your hoses from time to time and to install new ones as necessary. This article will outline the process of affixing new washing machine hoses.
It is important to observe a few precautions before getting down to work. First, unplug the washer to prevent the risk of electric shock. Now rotate the water valves in a clockwise direction to shut off the water supply to the machine.
In order to gain access to the hose attachment points, you will now need to pull the machine away from the wall. On some washers, this is all that is necessary to gain access to the attachment points. With other machines, however, you will need to unscrew the metal panel that covers the back of the washer.
The old hoses can be removed using a pair of sturdy pliers. Simply rotate the base of the tube in a counterclockwise manner. Then repeat this process at the opposite end, where the hose attaches to the water valve. Before doing this, however, it is wise to spread some rags or old towels on the floor. Even though you've already shut off the water supply, expect that some standing water will dribble out from the hoses.
Once you've got the hoses removed, look inside the attachment point. You should see a round metal filter. The job of this filter is to keep sediment from getting into the machine and causing jams and other problems. Take a moment to remove these screens and scrub off any debris using a good stiff brush.
Now it's time to attach your replacement hoses. For the longest lasting results, opt for braided metal replacement hoses. Compared to plain rubber hoses, these offer numerous benefits, and are well worth the slightly higher price tag.
Installing the new hoses is as simple as screwing them into place. Begin by tightening them as far as you are able with your fingers. Then use a pair of pliers to snug them up the rest of the way. Be sure you don't forget to attach them not only to the washer, but to the water supply valves as well. Likewise, take care that the hot and cold water hoses are attached to the appropriate valves. Now plug your washer back in, and it should be ready for years of use!
If you have trouble, contact a plumber like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.