How old are your washing machine hoses? Did you know that manufacturers recommend replacing them every 5 years? Don’t let your home be damaged by a ruptured washing machine hose.
No homeowner should have to deal with a flooded kitchen or laundry room. One easy way to prevent this kind of disaster is to check and replace your appliance hoses on a regular basis. There are several appliances in your home that may have water hook ups that you will want to check and replace. Knowing the manufacturer’s recommendations is key to installing the correct hose at the right time. If this kind of maintenance project seems daunting, give Koegel Plumbing and Heating a call and we can help assess what hoses need to be replaced and when it needs to be done.
What’s the difference between appliance hose types?
Each appliance that uses water can have a different type of hose. Common types of hoses for refrigerators/ice makers include copper, PVC/plastic and braided stainless steel tubing. Copper works well but has a tendency to kink easily. This has the potential to cause water blockage. PVC/Plastic will not kink like copper however some have reported odd smell or taste from their water. Another issue is that PVC/Plastic tubing is not very strong and can cut easily. Braided stainless steel tubing is strong and very durable. It will not kink and is not easy to cut.
Washing machine tubing could be reinforced rubber and stainless steel braided. The reinforced rubber hosing is not recommended for indoor washing machines as they are the most likely to burst. The steel braided encases the rubber hose which provides a burst-resistant measure. These hoses have a very low failure rate when installed properly. You should note that if the hose is installed in a tight space it could become kinked or bent. If you need to use a hose in a tight space you should look for one that has an elbow.
How often should appliance hoses be replaced?
Hose replacement is all set by the appliance manufacturer. If you are unsure you can check the appliance’s owner manual or check with the manufacturer directly. The very minimum each hose should be inspected 1-2 times a year to ensure no kinks exists in the line and all connections are tight.
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