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Taking Proper Care Of Your Washing Machine Drain Hoses

March 28th, 2014

The rubber hoses that connects your washing machine to the hot and cold water lines is a crucial part that allows your washing machine to function. When a hose fails, it can lead to serious water damage in your home, so it’s important to keep an eye on this part and make sure that it’s working properly and in healthy condition.

The water pressure applied to your hoses on a constant basis can result in the wearing down of the metal inside the hose, and therefore can eventually rupture, leaking water everywhere. To avoid disaster, make sure that your hoses are tightly connected to the water supply valves. Look out for rust, cracking, or unusual swelling of the hose that may indicate that the piece is on the outs. Also, try to make sure that your machine unit is a few inches away from the wall – not completely backed up against it – to prevent unnecessary bending and kinking of the hose and to prevent a restricted water flow.

Hot and cold water washer hoses should be replaced every five to seven years, regardless of what condition they appear to be in. Upgrading to sturdy stainless steel braided hoses can help your hoses to last longer. If you suspect there is an issue with your current hoses, or you think you’d like to upgrade your hoses, be sure to call a professional appliance repair company like Immediate Appliance to prevent possible flooding and water damage!