Work the Washer – Changing Washing Machine Hoses

If you have rubber hoses in your laundry room, you may want to consider changing washing machine hoses to steel-jacketed ones. The steel-jacketed hoses withstand bursts more effectively, thus protecting your appliances and laundry room.

Jesse dragged me out of bed the other night to take pictures of him working what he had, in the form of steel-jacketed washing machine connector hoses (say that five times fast) that we’ve had for over a year.

washing machine connectors

Changing the washing machine hoses only took about 10 minutes, so I really don’t know what took Jesse us so long to just do it. It’s probably because it wasn’t a dire need, there was nothing wrong with our old hoses. (Please ignore the filth that is the space behind the washing machine)

washer hoses

They are just rubber hoses, but the steel jacketing is better because they withstand bursts better. And I’d really prefer my hoses to not burst and ruin everything in the laundry room.

The process is super fast and easy. First turn off the water pressure for your washing machine. Test to make sure it’s completely off by turning on the machine to make sure no water comes out.

replacing washing machine connectors

Next unplug the washer. No one wants to get electrocuted. And then detach the hoses from the wall and the back of the washer. You may need a wrench to help loosen them up. I’d also recommend having a bucket to place the ends of the hoses in because they will still have some water in them. 

washer hose replacement

Wrap the threads on the water supply in plumber’s tape, just to help prevent leaks, and attach your new hoses. Simple as that! 

steel jacketed washer connectors

Now we’re protected from bursting hoses and I don’t have a bag of metal hoses hanging in my laundry room. Win-win.

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  1. Oh, oven fires are fun! I hadn’t heard about that one. I did that one year when I bought some tamales from a friend and put the foil wrapped package into the oven just as it was – without a pan under it. About half way through the heating time I thought it would be a good idea to turn the package over to make sure it heated through both sides. Well, it didn’t occur to me that the seam of the foil package was then on the underside and the oily juices started dripping out. Soon smoke began to pour out of my oven. One of my kids noticed it first and started yelling, “Fire!” I ran in, opened the oven and, sure enough, there was a small fire in the bottom of the oven. The kids wanted to call 911 and leave the house (like they were taught in school), but I convinced them that wasn’t necessary. It did take a while for me to live that one down, though. 🙂

    1. Haha. He doesn’t do anything anymore without asking if I want to take pictures for the blog. The best is when he’s in the middle of something and forgets but then remembers and asks halfway through.

  2. Those steel hoses are WAY nicer!

    The faucet in our laundry room is dated, and although there’s nothing wrong with it in the least, I’m still itching to replace it. That’s a bit more of a kick in the pants to save up for though…

    1. Definitely! We have a giant plastic utility sink that I’d like to replace with something more functional and pretty. Like cabinets and a counter from IKEA with a large sink. But that’s WAY down the line haha.

  3. Now I am curious as to what type of pipes we have. I would hate to have a major burst!!

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