Disparity in replacement washer drain hose size

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by sylvia, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. sylvia

    sylvia New Member

    Nov 14, 2004
    I have a heavy duty Maytag washer/dryer set which I bought around 1987. Never had a problem with them, but I moved to a place where I have to use a longer drain hose. I bought three generic "fits 1 inch to 1-1/4 inch" so far, and none of them fit (first two at Lowes, third at Ace). The first one was way too loose, the second one was too tight to, but the third one was not just right, it was also loose... and the end that goes down the drain is so short it looks as if it would easily slip out. All three at thinner that the Maytag hose, which is so thick and fits so snugly it has never required a clamp. Yeah, I'd have gotten a Maytag hose if anyone had one, but I guess I have to order one over the internet.

    Is it typical for generic hoses to be so far off in diameter? The diameter of the pipe coming out of the washer is exactly 1-inch. The *outside* diameter of one of the "fits 1 inch to 1-1/4 inch" replacement hoses was exactly 1". How the heck is that supposed to fit over a 1-inch pipe, and how could it possibly fit over a 1 1/4" pipe (there is no give to it)? This hose had not been cut, all hoses of this brand were also too small for what their packaging said they were. The appliance manager at Lowes did not understand why this was a problem with the product. Am I missing something here? Yes, my machine is over twenty years old, but a one-inch pipe is a one-inch pipe. Why are the generic replacement hoses made so thin and shoddy and/or badly designed? What is so hard about manufacturing a common drain pipe hose? Even with a clamp, I don't trust the loose. thin hoses to stand up to use.

    Is there any other kind of hose which would work as well as the original (but still give me at least five feet? Thanks.
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

    Aug 9, 2009
    Try putting a small piece of 3/4" or 1" copper pipe in each hose and fasten with two hose clamps.

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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Generic parts for any appliance are suspect to begin with. Machines today do use much smaller hoses than in the past.

    Your Maytag may have a special fitting or adapter at the machine. If you post the model number, we can look at parts diagrams to see what's what.
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