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SBW#42 – Washer Hose Replacement

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Some of you may ask, what is exactly a washer hose? Well, let me explain. A washer hose is or washer water supply line is a rubber or stainless steel braided line that connects to the back of your washing machine to the water shutoff valves usually at the wall.

How often and why should you replace them? You should consider replacing them every 3 to 5 years. This is because after prolonged use the material they are made of is slowly degrading in strength, especially the hot water hose, which can eventually lead to a hose burst. Changing them every 3 to 5 years can help prevent such bursts which can flood your hose and cause extensive damage and result in pricey repair bills depending on where your washer is located.

Think about from this point of view, if a hose burst it is going to spray water until it is shut off. If your washer is in an unfinished basement, this probably means soaking nearby items and anything in the path of the water to the floor drain. However, if your washer is say in a second-story laundry closet, this water will run through the floor and ceilings until it reaches a drain resulting in severe water damage all the way down until it finds that drain. Not a situation you want but one you can easily avoid by simply replacing those hoses every so often.

Now, how do you go about doing so? The first thing you want to do is roughly measure the length of your existing hoses. To do so, you’ll need to get a tape measure or something capable of measuring anywhere from 3 to 6 feet. Locate the hoses at the back of the washer and measure them. Generally, you want to use the same size as is there. The longer you get the greater your chance of having a hose burst.

Now that you have the length, let us select what type of hose to replace. There are several types of hoses of which I’ve listed below.

  1. Rubber – these hoses are the least durable and lose their flexibility and strength over time resulting in failure that can lead to a burst. I generally do not recommend these unless these are the only ones you have access to. If this is the case, frequently inspect and replace these more often.
  2. Reinforced rubber – these hoses have usually some sort of braiding around them that helps strengthen and take some of the stress off the rubber.
  3. Braided stainless steel – these are the industry standard as it has a strong flexible stainless steel braid around the rubber hose. This protects the hoses from twist and bend damage. These can also come with an auto-shutoff that can detect pressure loss and automatically close off to prevent water from flowing, thus minimizing damage.

Your local hardware store or big box store likely carries one or all of the above types. I’ve also included Amazon links to the hoses above. Just click on the bold name type.

Regardless of the type you chose the replacement is the same.

  1. Unplug your washing machine from the outlet. You may even want to turn the breaker (or unscrew the fuse) at your house’s electrical panel, especially if your plug is not GFCI protected. After all, water and electricity do not mix!
  2. If you have room to reach the water supply valves turn them off now. If not, carefully slide your washer out enough to reach them and turn them off.
  3. Have a bucket and towels handy to drain the excess water out of the hoses once you unscrew the hoses from the washer. Remember to turn the hose fittings counter-clockwise (lefty-loosey) to unscrew them. You may need to use pliers if you cannot turn them by hand. Do the same for the hose fitting the water supply valve.
  4. Connect the hoses up hand tightening at first and then using pliers to snug them tightly so there is no leaking. Some hoses are color-coded so be sure to put the hot on hot and cold on cold. Connect both ends to up (water supply valve and washing machine side).
  5. Turn on the water supply valves slowly until completely on while checking thoroughly for leaks.
  6. If there are no leaks, plug the washer back in and push it back into place ensuring at least 4 inches between the unit and the wall. Also, make sure the hoses are not twisted, kinked, or bent which can cause premature wear and tear.
  7. Finally, if you turned the break off (or fuse) at the electrical panel, turn it back on.
Unplug washer and shutoff water supply vavles
Disconnect old hoses
Reconnect new hoses
Turn water back on and check for leaks

As always if you have any questions or comments post them below or on my YouTube video comments section and I’ll do my best to respond.

I’ve included a few links to the equipment I used and Amazon Links below for the equipment and materials I used.

Equipment and Materials

I hope you find this video useful and can use some of the tips presented. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, or experiences you have had below.

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