As a new homeowner, you are probably learning all about home maintenance and what it takes to keep things in proper working order. In doing so, you're learning about how to fix certain appliances when they need repair. If you notice that your washing machine has a puddle of water all around it, it's time to replace the water hoses that connect your machine to the wall. Once you've mopped up the puddle, follow these steps to disconnect the old hoses and replace them with new ones.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- 2 new washing machine hoses
- a wrench
- a bucket
- a screwdriver
- a few towels
Step 2: Protect the Floor With the Towels
Pull your washing machine away from the wall. Lay towels down behind the machine to soak up any remaining water, or any that you might spill while replacing the hoses.
Step 3: Disconnect the Washing Machine
Unplug the machine and set the cord over the top of it, so you don't place it in any wet spots if there is standing water on the floor. Turn off both the hot and cold-water valves to stop the flow of water to the machine.
Step 4: Remove the Old Hoses
Place the bucket under the area where the hose goes into the machine. Place the wrench on the connector of the washing machine and twist in a counterclockwise motion. Then gently pull off the hose and put the end in the bucket to drain out the water.
Repeat this step on the section of the hose that connects to the incoming water line on the wall.
Step 5: Attach the New Hoses
Screw the new hoses back in place and use the wrench to tighten them.
Step 6: Check the Drain Hose and Tighten
Locate the drain hose and inspect the clamps. If you find any loose clamps use the screwdriver to tighten the screws.
Turn the water valves back on, plug the washer back in, and start the machine to test it, before pushing the washer back against the wall.
Expect this process to take only a few minutes, depending on how tight the hoses are connected to the machine and incoming waterline. However, the first time you have to do this, you may want to take longer, just to make sure you don't break the connection by tightening the connectors too tight. Contact an appliance repair person or a company like Wiseman's Appliance should you run into any issues with this project.