Periodically replacing your washer drain hose is a necessary part of keeping your washing machine in prime condition. While the job is liable to strike the typical weekend handyman as daunting, it can actually be quite simple if undertaken with the aid of a thorough set of instruction and several easily obtainable tools. Read on to learn more.
Step 1 - Obtain the Right Drain Hose for Your Washing Machine
Before you can begin replacing your washer drain hose, you must first acquire the proper type of replacement hose. Quickly jot down your washer's manufacturer and model number before going shopping for drain hoses. Once you've recorded the necessary info, show it to an employee at the home improvement store of your choosing and they'll help you select the right drain hose for your washing machine. Alternatively, if you wish to purchase your drain hose over the Internet, seek out consumer testimonials from people who own the same type of washing machine as you in order to locate a suitable hose.
Step 2 - Remove Your Previous Washer Drain Hose
Now that you've found a dependable replacement hose and have taken care to safely unplug your washing machine, use your hands to carefully lift the exhaust end of your old drain hose out of your washing machine's drain pipe. Then, gently place the worn-out hose into your large empty bucket, where all of its remaining water will be expelled. Next, use your Philips-head screwdriver to remove the clamp the connects the straight end of your drain hose to the back end of your washing machine. While performing this step, incorporate the aid of your pliers to keep the clamp and hose close together, thus preventing the hose from rotating. Once the clamp has been properly removed, give it a thorough rust check. If it's still in good condition, you may reuse it, but if the clamp is rife with rust, it should definitely be replaced.
Step 3 - Begin Attaching Your New Drain Hose
Begin the final step by sliding your clamp over your new hose's straight end, then moving it roughly 1 inch up the hose. Place your new hose over the connector found on the back of your washing machine, then slide your clamp over the hose and into its proper spot. Secure the clamp and hose with the aid your screwdriver, once again using your pliers to hold the parts in place as they are attached.
Before finishing up, jiggle the new hose a bit to ensure that it's firmly in place. Having done that, gently place the exhaust end of your hose into your washing machine's drain pipe. As a final precaution, thoroughly dry yourself off and make sure that the area surrounding your washing machine, and the electrical outlet into which it will be plugged, is completely dry before plugging the machine back in, as this can be a very wet job.