A special how-to DIY tip for replacing washing machine hoses.
If you recall, I covered the importance of washing machine hose maintenance earlier. If not, please do so as it can save you from costly repairs.
You will need to buy either a pair of rubber or braided 6 foot washer hoses at your hardware or home center (I recommend the braided hoses). Make sure they come with the little rubber washers for each end of the hoses.
You'll need the following supplies;
- Adjustable pliers
- Teflon tape
- Small bucket
- Couple of rags
Shut off the water
First, shut off the water supply valves to the washing machine (located on the wall behind the washer).
Pull the washing machine away from the wall to gain access to the rear of the machine.
Remove hose from washing machine
Have a small bucket and a towel to catch the water left in the hoses as you remove them from the washing machine. Loosen one of the hoses at the washing machine first and put the end of the hose in the bucket. Next remove the second hose and place it in the bucket so it can drain too.
Remove hoses from wall connections
Now loosen and remove the hoses from the wall connections. Drain the hoses in the bucket and wipe up any spills that usually happen.
Install new washing machine hoses
Now you're ready to install the new hoses. First make sure the rubber washers are installed in each hose end. Put a couple of wraps of Teflon tape on the wall connections and the washer connections (two to three wraps is good). Notice on the washer it will have a “C” and a “H” next to the connections, this designates Hot and Cold.
Make a note of which is which. When connecting the hoses to the supply valves and to the washer DO NOT over tighten. You are only trying to compress the little rubber washer in the end of the hose to make a good seal. Snug is good (if one of the hoses leak you can tighten them a bit to stop the leak).
Now connect the first hose to the bottom connection of the washer (connections are usually stacked one above the other. If not, connect to either). Now connect the second hose to the washer. Next, connect the hose from the Hot connection of the washer to the left (Hot) connection on the wall supply valve. Then connect the remaining hose to the right (Cold) connection on the wall supply valve.
Turn on the water / check for leaks
Turn on the water at the wall and check for leaks. The best way to check for leaks is to wipe a napkin, paper towel or a tissue over the connections. If there's a leak, gently tighten the connection. This will stop the leak.
Test washer / final check for leaks
Next, start the washer like you normally would. The washer will start filling with water and purge the air from the lines. Now check the four connections again and make certain there are no leaks. Just let the washer fill for a few seconds and turn it off. To empty the water from the washer, set the cycle to spin and let the washer run till it shuts down.
One last thing, clean up and you're finished! Congratulations!
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