Washer hose leak, how often do you change hoses?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Terry, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington

    How often should washer hoses be replaced?
    I would say, anytime it's moved could be a good idea.
    Or in years, maybe six, I'm not really sure.
    The picture above was taken of a carpeted basement.

    Wall to wall carpet under water

    Okay, here's a better view of the carpet under all the water.

    One split in the rubber washer hose, and the carpets had to be pulled, the home dried out, computer equipment replaced, moldings and painting.

    All for one friggin hose.
    At least it wasn't my house.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  2. ghetterly

    ghetterly New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Before I bought a Miele washing machine, I always replaced my cheap hoses every 2 years.

    New hoses would go on the washing machine and the year old ones would move to my plastic laundry tub. Old ones from the laundry tub go in the garbage.

    The ones that came with my new washer are incredibly high quality and I suspect will never need to be replaced.
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  4. Runs with bison

    Runs with bison Member

    Aug 23, 2009
    The original set I had with my old washer lasted about 16 years. I took a look at them each time I moved or did anything to the washer. They were okay, until the most recent move when they showed signs that they might fail. (Maybe they weren't the originals, but I believe they were. Most likley time for a change out was when the washer's solenoid valves failed once every 8 years.)

    One of the braided stainless Watts hoses I used to replace them began leaking at the fitting less than a year later. Fortunately, that happened when installing new machines, so I put the new hose on. It looks like it is pretty high quality so we will see.

    At least that is clean water on the floor...still doesn't make a person happy, but it's better than river water.
  5. Herk

    Herk Plumber

    Oct 28, 2007
    S.E. Idaho
    Kuhl! A new theme park! Wet Carpet World!

    Beat the summer heat, bring your friends.
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    The rubber hoses which come with a machine are bottom of the line. ( I have seen some high end machines come with better hoses, but not always).

    The cheap hoses have brass PLATED steel fittings, so invariably rust develops, and the rubber tends to split at the fitting. I have seen them last many years, but you are taking a risk. They are especially vulnerable if the pressure in your house is higher than nominal...about 60 PSI.

    My favorite hose is the Fluidmaster braided SS
  7. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    Every 2 years on the black rubber ones

    Every 5 years on the braided stainless steel ones

    Fast closing solenoid valves slowly compromise the crimp connections, the point at which the majority fail.

    If I enter a home that has high water pressure, it's one of the first statements I make about replacing them.

    20/20 did a story on this years ago about how many millions it costs homeowners/insurance companies for these hoses when they rupture.

    I cannot feel sorry for anyone with a blown black rubber hose though...you took your first chance and made your first mistake playing the odds goin' cheap.
  8. Cookie

    Cookie .

    Oct 7, 2005
    cool... :) get out the rod and make it an adventure, throw in some goldfish and invite the neighbor kids over.
  9. Agu

    Agu New Member

    May 21, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Saw those pics and replaced the washer hoses today. The old ones were here when we bought the house and knowing the previous owner they were probably the original hoses when the washer was replaced ten years ago.

    Of course turning off/on the valves caused a valve leak so there was the inevitable secondary repair. :rolleyes:
  10. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

    Jul 30, 2008
    Tech. Instructor
    S. Maine
    Unfortunately that is a picture I have seen way too many times. Even worse when it's on the 2nd or 3rd floor of a condo or town house and no, the washer pan will not even come close to containing a split hose. Every couple of years for rubber and several companies make a valve that automatically closes when the washer is not in use. Cheap insurance.
  11. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Jul 24, 2007
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    I installed mine correctly so they should last a lifetime.
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