Drainage Machine

Washing Machine Drain Extension

If you've noticed a leak behind your washing machine, it may be the result of a worn out washing machine drain extension.

What Causes Washing Machine Drain Extensions to Leak?

Because a hole as small as a pinprick can cause water to leak, the cause of this problem can be anything from sharp debris to normal wear and tear. The good news is while leaking can be a serious issue if it's not fixed in a timely manner, a drain hose extension is not expensive at all. You can order this part for $10 or less from online retailers like:

How to Install a New Washing Machine Drain Extension

You can replace your washing machine drain extension without using any tools. Before you begin this job, make sure that you fully unplug the washing machine from the wall. The reason simply turning the machine off isn't enough is because it can still pose a shock risk. Once the machine is unplugged, you will want to pull it out from the wall. After you have some space to move the machine, turn it around so you can reach the back of it.

The washing machine's drain extension is located in one of its bottom corners. The extension isn't bolted or sealed into place. Instead, it's simply held by friction. To remove the current extension, grab it near its attachment to the machine. Keep in mind that when you pull out the extension, you will likely notice a little water drip out. Although replacing this extension doesn't require any tools, there is one step you should do in between taking off the old hose and adding a new one.

How to Clean the Drain Extension Connector

Prior to putting in the new extension, it's a good idea to clean off the area where it’s connected to the machine. The reason this step is worth performing is because it’s common for debris to build up around this area. While a small amount of debris won't cause any problems, allowing enough to build up can eventually lead to leaks or other problems with your washing machine functioning properly. Because your main goal is to get rid of any debris that's accumulated around this connection, simply use an old towel that you can push into the hole for a thorough cleaning.

Once you've gotten any debris out of the connector, you will be able to securely put the new drain extension in place. Keep in mind that because water will be flowing through this extension, you want to make sure it's firmly inserted into the connector. The best way to do this is by putting the extension into the connector and then continuing to push it in until it can't go any further. Once you can feel that it's firmly in place, you will be able to move the washing machine back to its original position.

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