A DIY Guide To Replacing Your Washing Machine Hoses

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Washing machines are among the most useful and beloved of contemporary appliances. Yet when not properly maintained, they can represent a significant risk of flooding to your home. If you would like to improve your plumbing skills while learning how to take care of your washer, read on. This article will teach you how to replace worn out washing machine hoses.

Step 1: Preparing for the job.

Begin by unplugging your washing machine and turning off both water valves. Now pull the machine out from the wall so that you can access the back panel. If the hose attachment points aren't immediately accessible, you may need to remove the metal panel from the back of the machine. This can usually be done with little more than a screwdriver. Consult your owner's manual if you're not sure how. 

Step 2: Removing the old hoses.

Using a pair of slip joint pliers, remove the old hoses by rotating them in a counterclockwise direction. You may want to spread some old towels on the floor before doing this, as some water will probably leak out of the hoses once disconnected. Remember that ultimately you'll need to disconnect the other end of these hoses at the water supply valve as well.

Step 3: Cleaning the filters.

Once the hoses are off, take a look inside of the threaded attachment port. You should notice that there is a small metal filter. This is responsible for keeping sediment and other particulate matter from entering the machine, where it can cause all sorts of problems. Before proceeding, be sure to remove any debris from this screen using a stiff bristled brush.

Step 4: Installing the new hoses.

This is a good time to mention that not all washing machine supply hoses are created equal. Rubber hoses, though the least expensive option, are notoriously prone to tearing, cracking, and other forms of degradation. Braided metal hoses, on the other hand, offer a number of distinct benefits. Save yourself future stress by making these your hoses of choice.

Installing the hoses is easy. Simply screw them on as tight as you can with your fingers, then gently tighten the rest of the way using your pliers. Don't forget to attach them to the water supply valve while you're at it, making sure that you've got the hot going to the hot and the cold to the cold. Now you can open the valves, and your washing machine should be ready for action again. However, if you're having any other troubles with your washer, consider contacting local plumbing services to discuss your concerns.

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