Water damage is one of the most common claims that insurance companies have to deal with. As you might have guessed, the majority of a home’s water damage is due to faulty washing machines.
If you wish to prevent expensive problems that involve your washing machine, proper installation of your unit is imperative. This includes the proper connection of the washer’s water hoses.
Nowadays, modern washers are fairly easy to install, especially if you’re replacing an outdated unit. The main thing that you should pay attention to is the hose connection.
For this article, we have outlined some steps on how to connect washer water hoses to prevent costly accidents. Let’s get to it!
Steps on How to Connect Washer Water Hoses
Follow the steps below and you should be able to install your washer’s water supply hoses with little to no difficulty.
Things You’ll Need:
- Water supply hoses
- Inline valves
- Tape measure
- Plumbing grease
- Hose connector
- Rubber ring gaskets
1. Shut Off the Power
As a general rule of thumb when working with any electrical appliances, always shut off the power of the machine.
In this case, you simply need to unplug the washer from the electrical outlet. Then, you need to disable the main water valve which prevents the water from going through the hose that you will install. This also prevents the washer from turning on during the installation.
2. Measure the Hoses
Before connecting the water supply hose to the plumbing system, it’s a good idea to measure the distance from the tip of the washer’s hose to the plumbing. This is to ensure that your fill hose has enough reach.
While you’re at it, you may also check for any leaks in the water supply line and perform the relevant repairs.
3. Extending or Replacing the Hose
Most, if not all, washing machines come with their very own set of fill hoses. However, there are cases where the hoses only have enough length to connect the machine and plumbing that’s practically next to one another.
If for some reason that your washer is a bit too far from the plumbing system, you either need to extend or replace the hose.
To extend your water supply hose, you will simply need to buy a hose with the exact same diameter as your existing one. Obviously, it needs to be longer and must be connected via a connector.
To replace your existing hose, unscrew the old one from the gasket and replace it with the new, longer hose. Screw the gasket back after installation.
4. Spreading the Plumbing Grease
After you have either extended or replaced the hose, it’s time to apply the plumber’s grease.
Spread the grease on the threads of the connector which allows the water hose to easily slip into your house’s plumbing system. It’s also a good practice to apply the grease on the threads of the wall plumbing as well as the connectors on the unit.
Then, pull out the gasket and apply the waterproof grease. Make sure that you coat of the sides of the gasket. After application, put the gaskets back in place.
5. Identifying the Water Supply Valves
Having hot and cold water valves is pretty much a standard for modern washing machines. Correctly identifying these water supplies is a must. It’s a good thing that they are usually color-coded or labeled, so this should be a breeze.
For the water supply, the connector for the hot water will usually be color-coded red or labeled “H” or “Hot.” The cold water connector should be color-coded blue or labeled “C” or “Cold.” These valves are generally located on the left portion of the supplied wall.
6. Connecting the Water Hoses
Once you have a clear grasp of the hot-and-cold water supply, it’s time to connect the water hoses to the main supply. Obviously, the hot water hose must be hooked up to the hot water valve while the cold water hose must be linked to the cold water valve.
To ensure that the connectors are tight, use the pliers for adjusting. Just make sure that you don’t over-tighten so as to prevent damaging the hose.
Connect the other end of both hoses to the unit’s intake valve.
And that’s how to connect washer water hoses, and as you can see, it’s a fairly simple affair. Even a complete beginner should be able to do it.
You just have to make that the connections are right and secure because trust us, you don’t want to deal with the headaches that come with water damage bills.
If you have any questions about this quick home project, feel free to ask them using our comments section below.