The washing machine is a wonderful appliance, and needs a little bit of care for its proper functioning and long life. The main inlet and outlet of water, is provided by washing machine hoses, and they have to be of good quality to avoid any leaks or bursts.
Washing machine hoses are usually hidden from view and we notice them only when there is a leak. It is necessary to check them at regular intervals so that you can notice any leaks or damages in time. Also keep a track of how old the washing machine hose is, so that you can change it before any damage happens.
There can be many reasons for washing machine hoses to start leaking or bursting. One obvious reason is the sheer age factor. The material of the hose deteriorates in time and will cause it to weaken and cause a leak. This aging is usually hastened by the chemical contents in the water and detergents that pass through the hose. Also many times the hoses are not drained fully and some water will be left behind which causes the chemicals to act faster on the hose. The pumping action in the machine should be adequate to drain out all the water from the hose, or a separate pump can be installed.
Another major reason seen for damages in washing machine hoses is improper installation. A sharp bend in the hose or at the connectors will shorten the life of any type of hose. A distance of at least 4 inches should be there between the wall and the rear of the machine, which will prevent any undue pressure on the connector part of the hose. If the space is really small than going in for a right angled connector would be a good option. These are available in the market, and will provide the sharp bend which is needed, without damaging the hose.
If you are planning to replace your washing machine hose, you will be confronted with two possible choices; the stainless steel braided hose and the reinforced rubber. The stainless steel braided hoses are much more stronger and have the inner plastic hose encased in a stainless steel mesh. They are more resistant to any cuts or twists in comparison to the rubber hoses. The reinforced rubber hoses have been there for a long time, and now come with a casing of a mesh of polyester or rayon which gives them more strength against bursting.
A correct installation of washing machine hoses will save a lot of headache in the future. Check the rear area of the washing machine and wall for any sharp edges, or points sticking out. The installation of the hose should be without any twists or sharp bends. Especially the connectors should have a good leeway without any pressures created by bends. The back of the washing machine area should not be moist or wet, which can lead to rusting of the connectors. Changing washing machine hoses is a simple procedure and can be completed within an hour.