How to Replace a Washing Machine Drain Hose
The day-to-day wear and tear can damage your washer's drain hose after a few years. This hose is made out of rubber, so simply the force of the water gushing through could damage it. In this situation, the best thing to do is to get a replacement. It's not a complicated process and can be done at home without the help of a professional. Read on to find out the steps involved so your project can be a success.
Step 1 - Record Specifications
Carefully read your owner’s manual to find the specifications for the washing machine drain hose. If you are unable to locate it, look at the steel tab at the back of the washing machine, and write down the model and serial number instead.
Step 2 - Purchase New Hose
Head to your hardware store and show this information to a representative to get help in finding an appropriate replacement drain hose.
Step 3 - Cut the Power and Water
Before you start replacing the washing machine drain hose, make sure to pull the power cord out the wall socket. Better yet, turn off the power supply to the washing machine at the circuit breaker.
Similarly, turn OFF the valve on the water supply line to the washer. If you cannot locate it then temporarily turn off the water altogether. Afterward, lift and shift the drain tube into a bucket, so that any accumulated fluid in the hose will fill this instead of spilling out all over the floor.
Step 4 - Remove the Old Drain Hose
Your drain hose will be held in place by clamps attached at the back of the washing machine. Hold the clamp with pliers and unscrew it out of its position with a screwdriver. After removing the clamp, inspect it. If it is not damaged or corroded by rust it can be used again, but if not toss it away and install a new clamp after the replacement hose is in place.
Step 5 - Secure the New Drain Hose
Take the new hose and slide the clamp on; it should go through the straight end. Now, place the hose onto the connector located at the back of the washing machine, and slide the clamp to where the hose rests on the connector. With a wrench, make the hold of the clamp tight. Make sure it fits properly so that you will have no problems with leakage.
Step 6 - Put the Machine Back and Test
Place the washing machine back in position, and reconnect the drain tube to the pipe. Then, turn on the power supply and open the water supply so you can test that everything is working as it should.