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How to fit a washing machine hose

Washing machine hoses will often still be functional long after the washing machine they serve has completed its final load. Despite this, they do still occasionally develop leaks or in the case of a new machine, they have to be fitted correctly. To learn how to complete a plumbing installation and fit new washing machine hoses, read the guide below.

Removing old hoses

Hose kit Many hardware or DIY centres will sell kits of hoses and all the necessary equipment such as the washers and filters specific for your machine making the replacing of hoses a fairly simple task. Switch off the water supply Locate the taps or valves for the water supply to your washing machine and shut off the supply. Pull the washing machine away from the wall for easy access to the rear of your machine. Remove old hoses Place a bucket close to the rear of the machine to catch any water which was in the pipes as you remove them. Loosen the pipes one at a time and when free of the machine, place the end in the bucket. Do the same with the second hose. Wipe up any spillage which may have occurred from the machine. Disconnect from the water supply The next step is to disconnect the hoses from the water supply and place the ends once again into the bucket and using old towels or rags mop up any spillage.

Fitting new hoses

Installing new washing machine hoses First ensure you have rubber washers installed at each end of the new hoses and connect them first to the water supply making a note of which one is connected to the hot water supply and the same for the cold. Do the same at the washing machine ensuring your hose connections are secure but not overly tight. Check for leaks Turn the water supply back on and check for leaks, if any water should appear tighten gently. This should be sufficient to stop any leakage. Next, you must test your washing machine installation is fully leak-free by starting the fill process in the normal way. There is no need to fill your machine completely if there is no water seeping through the seals. Then, the job is fully done. Empty the machine, carefully push it back into place and the job is completed.

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