Have you ever gone to change over our laundry, and found a big puddle on the floor? It may have been a leaking washing machine hose, and it can be much worse than just being an annoyance. For instance, leaking water can damage flooring, walls, and any property you might have in the way. Not only can water destroy things, it can also create issues with mold and mildew, which cost even more money to remediate. That’s why it’s so important to fix a leaking washing machine hose as soon as it’s discovered.
Signs of a Leaking Hose
The biggest sign is the water all over your floor. Hoses are only good for a few years, before they wear out. It’s important to check them periodically, to make sure there aren’t any cracks or other issues. If you notice any cracks or abrasions, it’s time to replace the hose.
Why is My Hose Leaking?
- Worn Out: As mentioned above, washing machine hoses don’t last forever. After five years, time is running out on your hose, and it’s time to start looking for a new one. Even if a hose looks brand new, there may still be deterioration happening. If you’re still using rubber hoses, consider swapping them out for hardier, steel-braided hoses.
- Leaky Connection: You may also have a leaking connection between the hose and your washing machine. The constant vibrations of a washing machine can lead to some loosening. If this is the case, all you have to do is tighten it.
- Damaged Washers: Washers sit on the water fill hose, and make sure water doesn’t leak out. Over time, however, the washer’s shape distorts, allowing water to leak through. This is easy to fix, and replacement washers can be purchased at a hardware store.
Replacing a Hose
In order to replace a leaking hose, you have to figure out which hose is actually leaking. First, check the connections, and tighten any that seem to be loose. Check the internal hoses by disconnecting the washer from power, and opening up the access panel. Calcium deposits or rust can be signs of an internal issue.
If you do find a damaged hose, you’ll have to replace it. Luckily, it’s an easy thing to do. Here’s how:
- You’ll need a bucket, slip-joint pliers, and the replacement hose. Make sure the washing machine is disconnected from power, and shut off the cold and hot water valves.
- Unplug external hoses from the machine, using the bucket to catch any excess water.
- Connect the new hoses to the machine. Remember to match the hot and cold water lines.
- Once the hoses are connected, turn the water valves back on, and check for leaks and tightening.