For water to enter the washing machines, they are connected to the water supply using an inlet hose. Most often, then a branch is made that has a tap so that you can instantly shut off the water supply. The inlet hose for the washing machine comes with the appliance itself — you do not need to purchase it additionally.
But what if you need to replace it? Replacement may be required for a variety of reasons: leakage, shell failure, inappropriate length or poor-quality standard part. To purchase a truly high-quality hose for a washing machine, you need to know their varieties and how much a high-quality inlet hose costs. Just about this and will be written below.
Types of inlet hose
The inlet hoses for the washing machine have a very simple device diagram. At the base of the inlet hose is a small PVC pipe, which is reinforced with a reinforced thread, as well as a nylon braid. This filling device consists of several layers, which allows us to hope for its strength — they have sufficient resistance to tearing and are ready to withstand high water pressure.
At the end, the inlet hoses are reinforced with metal sleeves, fittings and nuts are visible from it. One fitting is screwed to the washing machine, the second to the water pipe. Fittings, nuts are made of plastic. They are not particularly strong, so they are twisted by hand, and not with a wrench — this will save them from damage.
This design of the inlet hose is very common — this is how they come with a washing machine. Usually they have a certain dyne. When the washing machine is not mounted directly on the water supply, an extended inlet hose will be needed to supply water. These pipes can be purchased separately, the length of such a hose varies from 1 to 6 m. If necessary, the length can be made longer by connecting two or more inlet hoses using connectors.
FUM — tape can seal the joints in order to avoid water leakage. However, it is better to exclude such connections, since you cannot call them reliable.
Can the inlet hoses for washing machines be disassembled? Of course, you can do it. However, it is recommended to throw out the inlet (inlet) hose with damage and buy a replacement for it. So you will avoid possible leaks during water supply — new inlet hoses, of course, are more reliable and have serviceable fittings, which cannot be said about the old hose that has been under repair.
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Inlet hose with Aquastop
A design that has leakage protection is called Aquastop. The simple hoses mentioned above can break due to natural wear and tear. If there are water leaks, you can easily flood your neighbors. Hoses with the Aquastop system neutralize this possibility.
A hose with an Aquastop protection block is a design where 1 tube goes inside the second one. Between them there is a special material, when water gets on it, it swells, which triggers the protection valve, which shuts off the water. The system functions as follows:
- normal mode — water flows through the internal, main inlet hose;
- if it is damaged (rupture or slow leakage), water acts on the swelling material;
- the material swells and the valve works, shuts off the water, the floor in the building remains dry.
These hoses have a high price compared to the classic ones, but they guarantee protection against possible leakage. It also happens that the washing machine, even without working, produces a set of water, in which case the hose with the Avostop system will not help you.
Wrong position of inlet hoses
It is important that it is located in the correct position relative to the connections to the water supply, as well as to the washer. The plastic part of the inlet hose inside must be properly positioned under the rubber seal. When rolled up, it should exert equal pressure on the gasket on each side. In a place with the lowest pressure during water supply, a water leak can form.
If water is leaking for this reason, then it is enough that you correctly position the inlet hose and tighten the docking points a little more.
Connecting the inlet hose to washing machines
To connect the inlet hose to the washing machine, care must be taken to insert into the water supply. In this place, a tee and a shut-off valve are installed, a plastic nut and a fitting are screwed to the tee. As a rule, for the entire time of using the washer, these operations will not have to be constantly performed, as well as replacing the drain hose.
Professionals advise to additionally put a mechanical filter along with the insert, which purifies the water (in addition to the mesh that is already installed at the entrance to the machine). Due to this, the washing machine will be protected from the penetration of dirt. The filter is placed behind the tee, in front of the filler pipe.
What to do if the washing machine is not installed near the water supply? In such a situation, several inlet hoses can be connected in series. However, a better solution is to lay an additional plastic pipe to the installation site of the machine — thus, the chance of avoiding leaks is higher. Accordingly, the taps for locking in any case are installed at the point of insertion into the main water supply.
When connecting plastic pipes, it is recommended to use the appropriate tool. After operation of the washing machine, it is necessary to block the access of water to the machine.
How to tighten the inlet hose correctly? Some users do this with great effort, but do not do this — there is a high probability of damage to nuts made of plastic. It is necessary to twist them manually, without using tools and other improvised means that increase effort. It is only necessary to make a tight connection where the nut will not unscrew, and the connection itself will not allow water to leak.