Why and How Do Washing Machine Hoses Fail?

  1. Even if installed properly, they will eventually fail.
  2. Old and weak hoses are prone to burst.
  3. Improper installation can lead to leaks.
  4. A burst hose will spill 650 gallons of water per hour.
  5. At 650 gallons per hour, that is 6 gallons per minute or 2.5 tons of water per hour.
  6. If the burst occurs when the building is unoccupied or at night, the damage will be extensive.

Standard Black Hoses

  1. The connections on the end of the standard black hoses are prone to fail.
  2. “Razoring” is a term that refers to the connection of the hose ends becoming worn and sharp by the movement of the water and eventually cuts itself causing leaks or ruptures.
  3. “Stress Fractures” are caused by the crimping of the connections to the rubber hose. The connection is weak and eventually ruptures.
  4. “Rusting” of the connectors makes them weak and prone to failure.

Braided Stainless Steel Hoses

  1. These are designed to be a reliable replacement for black hoses but can fail also.
  2. Corrosion can occur when the stainless  steel covering is exposed to the chemicals used to treat our water.
  3. The method of crimping the connectors to the hose creates a weak point that is also prone to failure.

Regularly Inspect Appliance Hoses

  1. Because hoses can leak or burst at any time, look for cracks, leaks, kinks, unraveling, and bulges.
  2. Check for rust, drips, moisture, and discoloration around the appliances and fittings.
  3. Be proactive and replace aging or defective hoses before disaster happens.