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How to Extend Washing Machine Hoses

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If your are moving your washing machine around the room, you don't need to relocate the plumbing. You just need to extend the hose. Extending the hoses also prevents leakage.

You should be able to do extend the hoses yourself. Here are tips to extend washing machine hoses.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • tape measure
  • rag
  • bucket
  • pliers
  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • plumbing tape
  • three-fourths inch by three-fourths inch male connector
  • braided metal supply hoses
  • drain hose extension kit
  • curved pipe form (optional)

Shut off the water, and unplug the washer.  Place a bucket under the water supply lines, and disconnect the nuts on the lines with the pliers. Remove the lines, and then set them and the hardware aside.

Extend the Supply Hoses

Pull the machine from the wall slightly to to access the hose. Run a tape measure from the existing hose connection to the new location.

Use the measurement as a guide to buy braided metal water supply hoses from a hardware store. To save on cost, subtract the length of your current hose from the measurement, and allow two feet for slack.

Braided metal hoses have female connectors on each end. Clean hose ports with a rag. Add plumbing tape to the female connector on both hose ends, and attach the male connector to a new hose end.

Tighten the female connector with the pliers while keeping a wrench on the hex nut. Attach the end of the second hose to the other side of the female connector.  Attach the loose hose end to the valve or existing supply hose, if you are reusing it.

Extend the Drain Hose

Detach the existing drain hose from the standpipe.You will need to remove the curved part of the pipe, or disconnect the hose from the joint.

Measure the path from the drain hose to the current washer location, and buy a drain kit of the same length. Unroll the drain extension to ensure it is the correct length. Adjust the position of the machine if it isn't long enough.

Wipe the existing drain hose port, and press the extension into it. Press it in far enough to secure it. Add the drain hose clamp on the first groove of the hose ribbing, and tighten it with a screwdriver.

Add a curved hose form by the standpipe if it doesn't have one. Connect the extension to curve form, and add a clamp.

Restore the water, reconnect water lines, and plug in the washer. Run a cycle to check for leaks. If the washer leaks, or you don't trust your skill, contact an appliance service like Collier County Appliance Service, Inc. for assistance.