How to Maintain a Washing Machine | Ask This Old House

How to Maintain a Washing Machine | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey gives some general advice on maintaining a washing machine

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Tools:
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Shopping List:
Washing machine hoses [https://amzn.to/3dDXjiN]
Washing machine valve [https://amzn.to/3bRJj3l]

Steps:
1. Ensure that the washing machine is level so it doesn’t bounce around during cycles. Most have adjustable feet that can be tightened or loosened to reach the appropriate height.
2. There are filters at the end of the washing machines hoses at the back of the washer. If there’s ever a decrease in water pressure in the machine, he suggests shutting off the water and unscrewing those hoses to check the filters to see if they’re clogged.
3. Since rubber hoses are prone to bursting, Richard recommends using a stainless steel braided washing machine hose.
4. Richard also highly recommends taking advantage of a washing machine valve, which can be installed near the water supply for the washing machine and can control water flow to the machine. That way, if the hoses were ever to fail, they wouldn’t be under full water pressure and there would be an easy control point to diagnose any issues.

Resources:
Braided stainless steel washing machine hoses can be found at home centers.

The timed washing machine valve that only keeps pressure on the hoses for a set period of time is the Time Out Automatic Shutoff Valve [https://amzn.to/39zAhWO], manufactured by Keeney Manufacturing Company (https://www.keeneymfg.com/insta-plumb).
The washing machine valve that only operates when it senses a current draw from the washer is the IntelliFlow [https://amzn.to/2UAPItX], manufactured by Watts (https://www.watts.com).

Both of these valves can be ordered online or from a specialty plumbing supplier.

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50 Comments

  1. Michael Auslander on November 29, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Great video about washing machine leak prevention, but there’s literally zero info about maintenance.

  2. Paul Jackson on November 29, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Didnt catch any maintenance tips on this one.

  3. Jeff Grant on November 29, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Two words, Manablonc system.

  4. Dee Guenveur on November 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Nothing works better than a top loader washing machine. I hear that the ft loaders do not get laundry clean and sometimes it takes 2 wash cycles….not very water effecient…worst washer of all was maytag centurion. …it would lock the lid, so you could not add or make any changes. Basically it weighed the clothes and just sprayed soapy water on the clothes…horrible concept….

  5. ChiRickyboy on November 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I feel this video isn’t complete. What about the filter you have to clean out every other 2-3 months? Etc..

  6. C P on November 29, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Just replace the hoses every 5 years and you’re good.

  7. I Tee on November 29, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    How about cleaning the trap at the bottom without dumping water all over, keeping door cracked when not in use to dry, how often to run the self clean cycle? Little more here guys…

  8. Kenneth on November 29, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Richard is one of the best plumbers around. You can really trust his recommendations.

  9. refink33 on November 29, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    clickbait title didn’t help

  10. Sidecar Bob on November 29, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    A long time ago Rich installed a single lever shutoff in one of the project homes and told about one of the hoses at his parents’ house bursting and causing all kinds of damage. Since then I have insisted on having a single lever shutoff and that everyone has to shut it off when they move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.

  11. ScantPear1985 on November 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    If it is a modern washer, you don’t need to worry about that because modern washers suck

  12. Grahams Garage on November 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Good tip but didn’t have anything to do with washing machine maintenance

  13. Rebecca Christina Ramirez- on November 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I would throughly enjoy watching this old house on pbs here in texas

  14. jej3451 on November 29, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I would forget to flip the switch every time, and run the washer without any water.

  15. cbfreder on November 29, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Richard, why do you want me to put a fancy timer on my washer hoses (and replace them every 5 years) but have never said anything about the same hoses being on all my sinks and toilets?

  16. Tim Hutzler on November 29, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the ideas.

  17. GourmetGilda on November 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Just good ole common sense !

  18. الياباني 日本語 japan on November 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Beautiful.

  19. tylerwarren on November 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    What he doesn’t mention is if you’ve upgraded to front loaders and are using the pedestals, there’s no way for you to reach the valves because they are now covered up by units that sit much higher than was expected when your house was built. Also, many new dryers have to be connected to water as well for the steam function. How does that work with these valves?

  20. Adrian on November 29, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    What is the model number for the third valve? I can’t find it anywhere

  21. Paul Feagans on November 29, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    First time ever I’ve heard the word ‘aneurysm’ on you tube.

  22. judy churley on November 29, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Don’t let the lid drop; it can damage the sensor and the machine wont run, and cost about $175.00 to diagnose and repair

  23. Finn J. Lenz on November 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    In europe we got aquastop hoses, a standard hose inside another tube, and a shut off valve that closes if water gets between the inner and outer tube. 10 bucks and similar safety level as those fancy things…

    Most newer appliances have electronic aquastops installed, that only open the supply at the valve on the wall when they need water…

  24. MasterHustler on November 29, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    The real original pros. Remember, this guy is a plumbing and heating expert. Thank you.

  25. Alonzo Johnson on November 29, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    👍

  26. GhostReaper2043 on November 29, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    wow is it just me or in the video they didn’t even talk about how to even maintain the washer like cleaning etc. Very nice clickbait NOT!!!!!!!!!

  27. James Howard on November 29, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    He needs Bosley for his hair

  28. Jorge Tinoco on November 29, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    What happened to social distancing

  29. Ty Tonus-Burman on November 29, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Wouldn’t the constant loading and unloading of water pressure on the hoses (and the resulting expansion and relaxation of the rubber) cause them to deteriorate much faster than if they were statically loaded? In most areas (aviation, automotive, hydraulics, etc.) load CYCLING is more of a killer than total load pressure.

  30. anonymous on November 29, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t have wasing machine 😢

  31. GourmetGilda on November 29, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    So a flex hose eh?

  32. RoastBeefSandwich on November 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Never understood why Richard is so worried about washing machine hoses but not toilet or sink hoses. Aren’t they made of the same material as washing machine hoses?

  33. Rune on November 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    So when was the maintenance?

  34. Dino B. on November 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    "How to Maintain a Washing Machine"

    The title is misleading.

  35. Dávid Kalló on November 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Why don’t you need to shut theese valves everywhere? Toilet, faucet, shower, fridge, dishwasher?

  36. free agent on November 29, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I spoke to a house insurance claim guy , the most common claim was for water damage as the braided hose’s fail. Change every 5 years.

  37. Five Aces on November 29, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Very good info however, nothing on cleaning and sanitizing.

  38. Cody H. on November 29, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    With the title of "How to Maintain a Washing Machine" I was expecting some tips & tricks of keeping the inside from getting mouldy or musty. A better title would have been "How to Prevent Common Washing Machine Mishaps" 😂

  39. Graham L on November 29, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Miss leading title.
    Maintenance….
    The sump strainer/trap?
    Cleaners?
    Getting out funky smells?

  40. Robert Cornelius on November 29, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I did some maintenance on the dish washer. I took her out to dinner.

  41. MikeBramm on November 29, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    So now that I know how to level it and connect/disconnect the water, where are the maintenance tips???

  42. Cup & Cone on November 29, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    This is all installation tips, not maintenance…

  43. Matthew Valadez on November 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    My parents had those colored hoses for years and nothing. 😂😂😂

  44. LowOutput on November 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    How to perform a tire rotation on your vehicle:
    1. Remove oil pan drain plug
    2. Remove oil filter
    3. Top off windshield washer fluid
    4. Remove floor mats and shake the dust out

  45. One Peanutwhistle on November 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    How about a water hammer arrestor on both the hot and cold inlets?

  46. IAmNotAFunguy on November 29, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    That automatic shutoff valve would be handy for my "Hardly Efficient" top load washer so if it goes off balance it won’t sit there all day wasting hundreds of gallons of water repeatedly filling to the top in a fruitless effort to self-correct.

  47. Pro1er on November 29, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    My rubber hoses were over 30 years old. The only reason I changed them is because I bought a new washing machine and used the hoses that came with it.

  48. Renaissance man on November 29, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Left out some important things….pump filter/basket cleaning every month…..and also deodorizer every month to keep the smell down both are very important to do on a regular basis.. or your washer and clothes will stink! I also recommend cleaning where the drain hose goes in the wall….lint and dirt/dust can collect around it and cause a negative pressure which will mess with draining and cause water not to drain out all the way…..💯

  49. Brad the Pitts on November 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Surprised he didn’t mention how often one should replace the hoses as preventative maintenance. I don’t know the answer, how about you guys?

  50. Jesse Anderson on November 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    What about mold or mildew in the washing machine?

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