Change a Water Hose on Your Washing Machine

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Washing Machines are an important part of our lives. Remember those tedious times when you had to wash the clothes manually with a stick and soap and water? Yes, those days are just a memory thanks to the washing machine. As wonderful as they are, these machines get old after a while and need to be repaired or replaced. One of the things that wears out the quickest is the water hose.

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Even a small pinhole sized leak in your washing machine hose can make a big mess. If your water hose comes off time and again then, it's time to replace the hose. A small problem in the hose can flood your entire house, wasting hours and hours of your time cleaning up. In order to avoid this situation, change your hose before it breaks down, or develops a leak. A new wash machine usually comes with an extra water hose. If you've been provided with one, replacing the hose should be fairly easy.

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Regardless, changing the house on your washing machine is a routine maintenance procedure, that's pretty straightforward. The washing machine gets water from a hose made of rubber. You can buy a rubber hose from an appliances or hardware store. You can also buy one online. It's a good idea to take the old hose along so you can compare sizes. This is one thing you might not want to purchase online as it could prove to be a disaster. Since the old hose fitted well into your washing machine, the new one of the same size should fit perfectly as well.

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If your hose shows signs of wear, as time passes, that hose will grow old and the risk of flooding will increase. It's time to replace that old hose with either the spare one that came with the machine, or one of exactly the same size that you've just purchased. Now, you just need to learn how to change a waterline on your wash machine.

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Things You Need to Change Your Washer Hose

  • Replacement waterline hoses.
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  • Adjustable pliers.
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  • A bucket.
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Steps to Changing the Water Hose on Your Wash Machine Water Hose

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    Unplug the washing machine.
    Electricity and water do not mix. Make sure you've completely switched off your wash machine and it's unplugged. If your machine was in the middle of a cycle, complete the cycle before unplugging it, otherwise the water in your machine, will end up on the floor once you detach the hose. You definitely don't want to be taking that risk.
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    Find where the water supply valves are and turn the water off while you are working.
    It's important to make sure the water supply has been turned off at all ends. If the water supply is on, water will start pouring onto your floor.
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    Remove the old waterline hoses.
    Now, it is absolutely safe to remove your water hose. Even though, you have taken all the precautions, keep a bucket handy. Just in case. Make sure that there is absolutely no spillage by keeping the bucket right underneath the hose. There may be water in the hose.
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    Now, remove the old hose entirely but don't discard it yet.
    You don't know yet if the new hose will work with your washing machine.
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    Use your pliers to turn the old hose metal fittings counter clockwise.
    If the hose doesn't come off by simply pulling it out, then go ahead use those pliers. If you turn the metal fittings counter clockwise with the help of the pliers, they should come off soon.
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    Place the bucket underneath the hose openings.
    As you remove the old rubber hoses, you may have some water coming out. Drain the water from the old hoses and get ready for the installation of the new washing machine waterline.
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    Connect the new hoses to the washing machine and to the water supply valves.
    You should first do it by hand, and then you should tighten the metal fittings clockwise. When connecting to the two sides, make sure that hot is connected to hot and cold is connected to cold. There could be labels or you can rely on colors �" blue is for cold water and red is for hot water. Don't switch these by mistake.
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    Turn the water back on.
    This will be a test to see if you've done a good job. Make sure there are no water leaks before you place the washing machine where it used to be. If any of the hoses are leaking, you will need to tighten them a bit more with the pliers. Also, when doing this, make sure you have a bucket placed beneath the hose to water collect any surplus water in the hose.
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    Plug in the washing machine and return it to its original position.
    The washing machine is ready to be used once again. If your test was successful and there was no spillage of water, your washing machine is good to go and so is your new hose pipe.
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Warning

You should never work without unplugging the washing machine. Water and electricity can cause a shock, which can be deadly.

Tips and Suggestions

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    Always keep a bucket ready under the hose at the time of replacing.
    You never know when spillage will occur.
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    Do your best to refrain from over-tightening the hose fittings.
    If you work aggressively with the pliers, you can crush the inner rubber of the hose, which will result in water leaks.
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    Push the washer back into place, but make sure that it's not touching the wall.
    Otherwise, the hoses might get crushed between the washer and the wall.
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    Regular waterline replacements will keep your washing machine in good condition.
    A general rule of thumb is to replace the water hoses every five years, unless you experience a leak. To be on the safe side, you can purchase an emergency shutoff kit. It has a water sensor that detects leaks and closes the water supply valves automatically.
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Questions and Answers

One of 2 small hoses leaking on whirlpool Cambrio machine.

The small ones near the bleach/soap compartment? I have tried: Identified leak. I think it was caused by: Who knows.

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How to shut off the water supply to the washer?

I am having trouble shutting off the water supply to the back of the washer, the handle won't even budge.. I have tried: Using the righty tighty, lefty loosy rule of thumb, I've tried turning it by hand. I wasn't sure what could cause such difficulty, or if I needed another tool to help budge it. I think it was caused by: The last time it was turned off was eight to ten years ago when I got the new washer. It could be because of the hard water we have and lack of turning the water supply off and on.

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