Appliance Repair Tips: Don’t Let a Faulty Washing Machine Hose Cause a Flood in Your Home

Fred's Appliance
November 12, 2014

When you worry about an appliance malfunctioning, the hoses attached to your washing machine aren’t generally on your list of concerns. However, a burst hose can have a disastrous outcome for your home and your belongings. Fortunately, avoiding a faulty hose is an easy task that simply requires an inexpensive upgrade and a consistent replacement schedule. To help you evade a serious hose malfunction, we’ve provided 3 easy to follow maintenance tips below.

  • Although, rubber hoses were commonly used in the past, now-a-days, appliance repair professionals highly recommend you use a stainless-steel braided hose to connect your washer to your home’s water supply. Unfortunately, a rubber hose is considered a risk due to its tendency to crack overtime, which often leads to a leak or a burst hose. Replacing, the rubber with a sturdier material may cost a little more, but in the long run it saves you from coming home to a flooded house.

  • Even after you’ve gotten rid of an unreliable rubber hose, you still need to inspect and change the part on a regular basis. During an inspection, you should look for big or small cracks while also ensuring the hose is securely attached on both ends. It’s highly recommended all hoses be replaced every 3 to 5 years; otherwise the hose can become worn and burst.

  • Fortunately, replacing the hoses on your washing machine is an easy task that most homeowners can accomplish on their own. To begin, unplug your washer and turn off the water supply running to it. Next, lay a towel or tarp down to catch any water left in the hoses. Finally, use a pair of grooved pliers to remove your old hoses before securely attaching the new ones. Once done, ensure there are no bends or kinks which can lead to the hoses wearing down at a faster rate. If you are not comfortable performing this task on your own, enlist your local appliance repair company to help you complete the job.

If you are concerned with the performance of your washing machine, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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