For a washing machine to work correctly, it relies on two supply hoses; one for hot water and one for cold. One end of each hose attaches to the washing machine and the other attaches to the water supply, which is usually located on a wall behind or near the washer. Water flows through these hoses at great pressure and over the years the hoses can wear away. Someday these hoses will degrade to the point that water begins leaking, and if you’re not at home or not paying attention when it happens, serious water damage can occur. Fortunately, inspecting your washing machine hoses is easy and if you follow a few guidelines you likely won’t require the services of a plumber to handle the replacements.
The first key to inspecting washing machine supply hoses is to perform the inspection at least every month. A hose can turn from looking good to leaking in a matter of weeks, so if you want to be certain you catch a faulty hose before it breaks you’ll have to be diligent. Checking only takes a few minutes, and aside from pulling the machine out to where you can access the back, the inspection is quick and effortless.
The first thing to do once you’ve pulled out your washing machine enough to access the supply hoses is to check their connections. Washing machines can move around while they operate, and, amidst the jostling, it is possible for the hoses to come unscrewed. Simply hand-tighten each hose to make sure the connection is sound. Be sure to quickly check the connections to the hot and cold water supply valves on the other ends of the hoses as well.
Water rushes through washing machine supply hoses at very high pressures, and a hose can only handle so much of this pressure. It is only a matter of time until the hose wears out to the point of failure, but you can visually check for signs indicating it is close. A hose that has blisters, looks generally worn, has cracks, or has a poor connection with the washing machine is likely near the end of its life and should be replaced.
Once you have determined a supply hose needs replacing, the process is easy and the materials are inexpensive. Simply turn off the water supplies, unplug the washer, disconnect the old hoses and connect the new ones. For about 20 dollars and 10 minutes of your time, you can save yourself from thousands of dollars of water damage.
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