What’s A Washing Machine Hose?


Items subject to wear and time over time are a part and parcel of all homes and call for periodic maintenance checks. Include your washing machine hose in this list, if you haven’t already because a leak or a burst can leave you without any clean laundry at best and with a mini-flood at worst. This can easily be avoided however, simply by understanding what an important role your washing machine hose plays and doing everything you can to ensure it keeps doing exactly that.
Washing machine hoses today are made from two materials, namely reinforced rubber and reinforced stainless steel. The ones made from reinforced rubber look similar to the age-old washing machine hoses that you probably grew up using. The main difference however, lies in the “reinforcement” of rubber with such materials as rayon or polyester for longer lasting hoses. Those that are reinforced with braided stainless steel also purported to be longer lasting but can also tend to wear out as quickly as their reinforced rubber counterparts, simply because the interiors of these hoses are also made of rubber.
Don’t let a longer warranty on a stainless steel washing machine hose fool you into buying one in the hopes that it will really live up to its claims. What can ensure that however, are inspection rounds every once in a while to check if they’re in working condition. Taking the time to learn about factors that result in wear and tear over time is also a great way of prolonging the functionality of your washing machine hose.
Three top reasons why a washing machine hose deteriorates include long storage time between production and sale, the effects of chemicals present in water used to wash clothes and production defects. Storage time causes hoses to begin breaking down even before they’re used. The chemicals act upon the interior breaking it down over time. Manufacturing defects are other prominent reasons why washing machine hoses leak or burst prematurely.
All the above mentioned might be out of your control but one factor contributing to early wear is within your control – correct installation of your washing machine hose. Attaching it in a manner that develops kinks and bends, only acts to put pressure on those areas, wearing them down faster. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to keep a space of 3-4 inches between the rear of the machine and the wall.
There are families and individuals however, who don’t have the luxury of space and therefore can’t maintain the necessary space between the machine and the wall. Such a problem can be dealt with by the purchase of a hose that has a right-angle connector. This works really well for cramped spaces but proves to be difficult to get hold of as it’s not regularly sold in hardware stores and needs to be specially ordered.
Keep in mind that even if all these factors are taken care of, it continues to be your responsibility to inspect your machine hose as often as you can and arrange for a replacement at the first sign of deterioration. Washing machine hoses should ideally be replaced every 3-4 years.