Chances are that your home has a washing machine. One thing to be aware of is maintenance, since a broken hose could cause your home to become flooded with water. Thankfully, an old hose is easy to replace on your own if you follow these tips.
Prepare The Washing Machine
Start by disconnecting your home's washing machine, which involves disconnecting the electricity and then shutting off the water valves for both hot and cold water. Pull the appliance away from your wall, giving you enough space for easy access to the rear of the machine. If you do not have immediate access to the hose, you may need to remove the metal cover on the rear of the washing machine. Check your the owner's manual for more information.
Disconnect The Old Hose
All you need are some pliers to disconnect the old hose and some towels to place under the connection in case water leaks out from the hose. Start with the washing machine by turning the hose counterclockwise to loosen it. Do the same for the hose that is coming out from your water supply line.
Clean The Water Filter
After you have removed the hose, look inside your washing machine where the hose attached. You may notice a very small filter made with metal. This is used to keep the sediment in the water out of your washing machine, and if it has been years since the hose was last disconnected, chances are that the filter is full. Make sure that you remove this filter and clear out all debris from it using a bristled brush. Put the filter back into the threaded pipe at this point.
Select The New Hose
There will be two options for replacement hoses at your local home improvement store. A rubber hose will be the cheaper option, but it is prone to potential cracking, tearing, and degradation. A braided metal hose will be more expensive, but much stronger. Selecting the braided metal option will give you the best results.
Install The New Hose
Use plumbing tape on the thread of the hose, which will ensure that no water leaks through the connection. Attach the hose to both the washing machine and water line, and secure it tightly with your pliers. Turn on the water lines, plug the electrical cord back in the outlet, and you can now slide the washing machine back against the wall.
While you can do this repair on your own, you will need the help of a plumber for more complicated repairs regarding the plumbing for your washing machine. Contact a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for more information.