May 10, 2011
When it comes to your wash machine, the hoses are very important to help make sure everything functions properly. The washer can shake or move during the spin cycle. So, this could pull things from the wall and the connections. Here are some tips on how to maintain your laundry hoses.
Maintenance Check List
Look at the hoses. If it is hard to reach them and really see them, use a flashlight. Shine it over the entire hose. Feel it with your hand. Are there blisters, cracks, kinks, or bent? That is not a good sign.
See if there is any water leaking. It may not be visible to you so put your hand around the fittings or where it is connected and see if it feels wet. The fittings can actual corrode. But, you might get lucky and they just need to be tightened back up. It is recommended to replace laundry hoses every three years. Now, if this was a brand new wash machine five years is recommended. If there is a huge amount of laundry done every week, then they will need to be replaced sooner.
Every four months or three times a year check the laundry hoses. Keep the dust bunnies off of the hoses and the connectors.
Another tip is to look at the washer. Does it look straight to you? This means it is not level. This can do severe wear and tear not just on the laundry hoses but the washer itself. Adjust the washer’s feet by using a carpenter’s level. Check this every month to maintain the life of the laundry hoses.
Do not have the washer shoved or pushed up to the wall. This bends or kinks the hoses. Give them room and let them naturally do their job correctly. The last thing you want is to not have a hose break and cause a huge water leak. Especially if it was hot water, then someone could get burned.
Take these useful tips to maintain your laundry hoses and your wash machine. It will save money and headaches in the long run.