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The hoses that deliver hot and cold water to your clothes washer may not be something you think about very often, but failing washing machine hoses are responsible for $150 million yearly in flood damage.
Listen to BOB VILA ON WASHING MACHINE HOSES, or read text below:
“The hoses that deliver hot and cold water to your clothes washer may not be something you think about very often, but failing washing machine hoses are responsible for $150 million yearly in flood damage.
Inspect them monthly and shut off the valve at the washer when it’s not in use, especially when you go away for a while. Most pros recommend replacing rubber hoses with stainless-steel braided hose. These cost between $10 and $20 and are reinforced with a twisted, flexible steel mesh.
Washer hoses should be replaced every 3 to 5 years, and they’re as easy to replace as your garden hose. Be sure you shut off the water to the machine first, run it on fill cycle for a few seconds to bleed the pressure and then unplug the machine.
Grease the faucet threads and tighten the new hose connectors one turn beyond hand-tight with your wrench. Turn the valve back on and check carefully for leaks before you plug the machine back in and push it into place. Leave 4 inches of space at the back of your washer and if necessary, use right-angle couplings to keep the hose from kinking.
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