One of the most avoidable home disasters is a burst washing machine hose. Replacing your washing machine hoses only cost $20 to $30, yet State Farm Insurance reports that in Canada and the U.S. there is approximately $150 million dollars in damage reported from hose failures each year. That makes a $30 hose look like pocket change.
So, when was the last time you checked your washing machine supply line hoses? It is recommended to replace these hoses every three to five years.
When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the manufacturer supplied rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.
So, you've got your new braided stainless steel washing machine hoses, now you just need to connect them to your washing machine and the water supply. Here's how;
Remove Old Washer Hoses
- Turn the washing machine circuit breaker off and unplug the washer from the electrical outlet.
- Pull your washing machine out away from the wall far enough for you to access the supply line connections on the back of the washer.
- Turn off the washer's water supply valves by turning the valve handles to the right - typically located behind the machine. There should be one red valve for hot water supply and one blue valve for cold water supply.
- Grab a bucket and place under the hose connections.
- One at a time, remove the hoses from the back of your washing machine by turning the metal hose fittings counterclockwise with pliers or the wrench tool included with all Hippohose Stainless Steel Washing Machine Hoses. There may be water in the hoses, which you will drain into the bucket.
- Remove the hoses from the water supply valves by turning the metal hose fittings counterclockwise with pliers or wrench tool.
Install New Washer Hoses
- Connect your new hoses to the water supply valves by turning the metal fitting clockwise by hand, then tighten with pliers or wrench tool. Connect the red hose to the hot water supply which may be red or labeled "hot" and the blue hose to the cold water supp which may be blue or labeled "cold."
- Connect the other end of the new hoses to the washing machine inlet valves by turning the metal fitting clockwise by hand, then tighten. Again, be sure to connect the red hose to the hot water inlet and the blue hose to the cold inlet.
- Turn on the hot and cold water supplies by turning the handles to the left and check for leaks. If you notice any leaks, tighten the leaky fittings with a pliers.
- Plug the washing machine plug back into the socket.
- Push the machine back into place - avoid pushing the washer too close to the wall to avoid crimping the water and drain lines.
- Turn on the circuit breaker.
That's it! You have now successfully upgraded and changed your washing machine water supply hoses.