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How to Choose Washing Machine Hoses for Your Washer

Most homeowners don’t think about their washing machine hoses after they are first installed. Unfortunately, these inconspicuous and inexpensive plumbing components flood a lot of houses. Although it’s easy to grab the first set of washing machine hoses you see, it’s a good idea to review all of the choices. Selecting a good set of washing machine hoses is particularly important when a laundry room is located on the main level of the house.

Regardless of which set of washing machine hoses you choose, you should replace them about every three to five years. It’s also a good idea to check the hoses for damage or leaks about once a year as part of your regular plumbing maintenance.

Zinc Inspections offers a variety of home inspections in Vancouver for both residential and commercial properties to detect these sorts of hidden problems.

A HIABC licensed home inspector can tell you if your washer and dryer components are up to code and venting systems are in good working order.

1. Reinforced Rubber

Many people are familiar with the standard washing machine hose made of reinforced rubber. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and easy to find. The reinforcement comes in the form of a braided rayon or polyester mesh that makes the rubber stronger and less likely to burst.

Reinforced Rubber

If your washing machine is inside the house, these hoses are not recommended because they are the most likely to burst. Note that there are non-reinforced hoses available, so check that the label specifically says they are reinforced.

A standard washing machine hose made of reinforced rubber is a good basic choice when the washing machine is located outside the house.

2. Steel Braided

A stainless steel braided hose is the minimum recommended for indoor use. They are middle-of-the-road when it comes to price, but the added safety is worth the extra money. The braided stainless steel encases a rubber hose and provides a burst-resistant measure. These washing machine hoses have a lower failure rate than rubber hoses when properly installed.

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Note that in tight spaces when the hose may become bent or kinked, the braided stainless steel can dig into the rubber hose. Thus it’s best to look for a hose that has an elbow at the end to prevent this problem. A stainless steel braided hose is better than the basic rubber hose and meets a minimum standard when the washing machine is located inside the house.

3. Auto-Shutoff Hose

For a few more dollars you can have additional peace of mind using auto-shutoff hoses. These are also stainless steel-braided hoses that can be used indoors. These hoses have a shut-off mechanism at one end as an added safety feature. If the hose bursts, the connector can sense the water pressure change and it stops the flow of water.

Auto-Shutoff Hose

This auto-shutoff device can mean the difference between a little water on the laundry room floor and extensive flood damage. There are a few variations in appearance and warranty based on the brand.  Auto-shutoff hoses provide the best safety features for added peace of mind.

4. Washing Machine Hose Tips

Proper installation is the first step in avoiding hose failure and flooding. Follow these tips for installation and maintenance to help prevent costly flood damage.

Tips

  • Buy proper length hoses when installing a washing machine or replacing old hoses. Select a length to fit the space rather than trying to force a proper fit.
  • Allow enough space between the wall and the machine to avoid kinks in the hoses. Aim for 3 to 4 inches but adjust as needed to avoid sharp bends in the hoses.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses regularly. At a minimum, check the hoses once or twice a year. Keep an eye out for kinks, damage, rust, or snags in the braided stainless steel along with signs of a leak.
  • Consider purchasing a true washing machine leak detection system. They are easy to find at hardware stores and go by several trade names, including Flood Master or Intelliflow.
  • Shut off water supply valves when not in use and when you will be away from home such on vacation. The constant water pressure on the washing machine hoses can contribute to hose failure.
  • Replace washing machine hoses regularly. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations and install new hoses as suggested.

Home Inspection in Vancouver has gained popularity because it is a relatively simple process compared to purchasing a home. A home inspection by a qualified home inspection specialist is when an experienced home inspector conducts a visual inspection of the outside, interior, foundation, flooring, lighting, walls, ventilation, and heating system of the house and prepares a written report for the customer. The highest qualified home inspectors in Vancouver are licensed through the HIABC.

Zinc Inspections is owned and operated by Ali Javaheri who is a licensed member of The Home Inspectors Association BC (HIABC) with more than 15 years of experience in BC’s housing industry.

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Common Problems with Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was commonly used from the mid-1960s until about1978. It was introduced because it was less expensive than copper. It was recognized from the start that aluminum wiring is not quite as good a conductor of electricity as is copper. As a result, 12-gauge aluminum was used in place of 14-gauge copper for a 15 amp household circuit.

 
 

Other wire sizes were also suitably increased. This was fine.

Some other properties of aluminum, however, were not recognized and did cause problems. Firstly, aluminum has a higher coefficient of thermal expansion than copper. This means that when the wire heats up (as all wire does when electricity flows) the aluminum tends to expand more than copper. This leads to the wire trying to move out from under the terminal screws at connections. This phenomenon is called “creep” and can lead to poor connections and subsequent overheating.

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Aluminum is softer than copper, and electricians used to working with copper would often nick aluminum wiring inadvertently. Nicking the wire, of course, reduces its diameter, and its ability to carry electricity. Localized hot spots can develop where the wire has been nicked. Further, if the wire is bent after it has been nicked, it will often break.

 

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The oxide of aluminum that forms on the wire is a very poor electrical conductor. All metals rust or oxidize. The greenish copper oxide that forms on copper wiring is no problem because it is a good electrical conductor. The oxide that forms on aluminum can lead to higher resistance and higher temperatures.

 

Where special devices or connectors have not been provided for aluminum, they should be added. It is often difficult to know whether the small twist-on connectors are appropriate. The safest thing is to replace them with those known to be appropriate. For example, the small twist-on connectors are so small that they are not marked CU-AL. They are now coded, but on older ones, it is difficult to know whether or not they are appropriate. Since they only cost a few cents each, it makes sense to replace them with those known to be the correct type. Some experts do not consider twist-on connectors to be appropriate for use with aluminum wire.

The examination of every electrical connection in the home is not part of a home inspection. The provision of special aluminum compatible connectors is not an expensive undertaking. We recommend that the specialist check all the devices in the home of aluminum wiring and make improvements as needed. Aluminum wires that show evidence of overheating should be further investigated by a specialist. There may or may not be a significant problem. Connections on large gauge aluminum wires are typically coated with a special grease to premising vent corrosion. Where this is missing, aluminum oxide may build up and the wires may overheat.

 

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