Bob Vila Radio: Washing Machine Hoses

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated May 7, 2013 9:50 AM

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.

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CM_BVNOTES-1234-1 Washing Machine Hoses

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.

Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!”

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

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