The great thing about appliances is that most of the parts involved are designed to have a similar lifespan. However, in washers, sometimes one particular part manifests malfunction before anything else — the hose. Like a tube of rubber, you might expect the washer hose to be pretty sturdy, but it actually has a higher chance of failing before any other part. Have you had your washer for about five years? It is probably time you check the hoses.
Over time, the rubber of your washer hose naturally ages. As it does, it gets harder and less pliable. With the occasional exposure to water pressure, this can make them harder, now more brittle rubber, crack. Eventually, this will manifest in leaks. They will be small at first but then grow more serious.
If you have decided to check the hoses on your washer, here are some signs to need to replace your washer hose.
- Water — When checking your washer hose at any time, you should never see the water. The hose shouldn’t be wet, and they’re definitely should not be any standing water on your floor. If you see moisture anywhere outside of your washer, you have a leak. If it is around the water hose, then it is likely the hose.
- Hose Connection Corrosion — Do you notice a chalky build up near the areas where the hose connects? This can be a sign of leaking. The water exposure manifests this build-up. You will likely need to replace the hose, if not the connections.
- The Hose is Kinked — A washer hose should be curved from gravity but never twisted up. If your hose is twisted or even kinked, you will need to replace it. Even if you unkink it, that wear will not go away and could manifest further leaks earlier.
Do you have a washer that is having problems beyond the hose? We can help. Contact us today to see what Central Valley Appliance Repair can do to help.