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Washing Machine Hoses

What are Washing Machine Hoses?

Washing machine hoses are the parts of the machine that help to pump water in and out. There are two main types of hoses: inlet hoses and outlet hoses. Inlet hoses attach to the water supply and bring water into the washer, while outlet hoses attach to the drainage pipe and remove water from the machine.

What are the Features of the Washing Machine Hoses?

  • Length: Washing machine hoses come in different lengths, ranging from 3 feet to 12 feet. The length you need depends on the distance between your washer and the water source or drain. You should choose a hose that is long enough to reach without stretching or kinking, but not too long that it creates loops or sags that can trap water or debris.
  • Material: Washing machine hoses are usually made of rubber, plastic, or metal. Rubber hoses are flexible and inexpensive, but they can crack, leak, or burst over time. Plastic hoses are also flexible and cheap, but they can melt, warp, or break under high temperatures or pressure. Metal hoses are more durable and resistant to heat and pressure, but they can corrode, rust, or dent over time. Some metal hoses have a braided stainless steel cover that protects them from damage and leaks.
  • Connection: Washing machine hoses have different types of connectors at both ends that screw onto the fittings on the washer and the water supply or drain. The connectors may have different sizes and threads depending on the type and model of your washer and plumbing. Some common types of connectors are 3/4-inch garden hose thread (GHT), 3/8-inch compression thread (CT), 1/2-inch female iron pipe thread (FIP), and 1/2-inch male iron pipe thread (MIP). Some connectors also have a rubber washer or a ferrule inside that creates a seal between the hose and the fitting.
  • Valve: Some washing machine hoses have a valve at one end that allows you to shut off the water flow to the washer without turning off the main water supply. This can be useful for preventing leaks, floods, or bursts in case of an emergency or when you need to replace or repair the hose.
How to Install Washing Machine Hoses?

  • Turn off the water supply to the washing machine and unplug it from the power outlet. Disconnect the old hoses from the washer and the water supply valves by unscrewing the nuts with a wrench or pliers. You may need to use a basin wrench if the nuts are hard to reach.
  • Remove the old hoses and discard them. You may need to cut them with a pipe cutter or a hacksaw if they are not flexible or detachable.
  • Wrap Teflon tape or apply pipe joint compound to the threads of the new hoses and the fittings on the water supply valves and the washer. This will create a seal and prevent leaks.
  • Attach the new hoses to the water supply valves, first-hand tightening before using pliers to secure them. Using the same method, connect the hose to the washing machine fittings. The hoses are color coded to match the hot and cold water valves, with red for hot and blue for cold.
  • Turn on the water supply and check for leaks at both ends of the hoses. If you see any drips, turn off the water and tighten the nuts more or apply more Teflon tape or pipe joint compound.
What are Washing Machine Mixer Hoses?

Washing machine mixer hoses are the parts of the machine that help to mix hot and cold water before entering the washer. They are usually Y-shaped hoses that have one end that connects to both the hot and cold water supply valves and two ends that connect to the washer inlet fittings. They allow you to adjust the water temperature according to your washing needs.