Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Why You Should Change Your Washer Hoses Every 5 Years (At Least)

Being in the appliance business for many years we've just about seen and heard it all. We had a customer one time a few years back that had left on vacation only to have to return early because the hot hose going to the washer had burst and flooded the basement with about 4 feet of water. It caused over $80,000 worth of damage to the home.

This could have easily been prevented with a $5.99 hose. Most folk's bill at the gas station in the morning is higher than that! It's good to replace them every 3-5 years but it's also important to inspect them every 90 days. When inspecting them be sure to not only check the washer connection but also the valves on the home as well. Many different circumstances can cause fill hoses to fail. Most generally the hose will develop a bulge or a blister near the barb fitting or metal coupling that attaches it to the washer. Here are some signs that your hose might be failing:
  • A bulge or blister on the hose. Usually near the metal coupling that attaches to the washer.
  • Rust build up on the metal couplings
  • White lime or calcium build up on the metal couplings

The best thing you can do to prevent washing machine hose blow outs is to buy stainless steel braided hoses. These hoses have better strength and have a slightly longer lifespan.

Do yourself and your family a favor after you read this and inspect your hoses. You might be surprised at what you find!

If you're in our area and would like us to change your hoses for you, just give us a call at (260)724-3329 for a quote.


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