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The way to Replace the Drain Hose in an Automatic Washing Machine

The drain hose to a washing machine conducts the discharged, filthy water from the pump to your home’s drain. On a few washers, the hose is one piece, though other units use a hose assembly. The assembly contains two seams linked by means of a separator plate on the washer’s back panel. The cabinet, that’s the steel cover of the washing machine, usually must be removed to access the pump-out hose. Over time, the hose may become clogged, crack or split, leading to leaks, so it has to be replaced.

Unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet. Turn off the hot and cold water supply spigots.

Remove the screws securing the control panel to the peak of the washing machine. The screw could be located at the front or back corners of the panel. If there are no screws, add a putty knife between the panel and the top of the washing machine, and gently pry up. Lift the panel off and unplug its electrical connectors.

Insert a flat-head screwdriver under the two spring clips securing the surface of the cabinet to the back panel, and sloping upward to publish them.

Rock the cabinet toward the front, then lift it up and out of the way.

Remove the hose clamp securing the drain hose to the pump by unscrewing it using a flat-head screwdriver. If the hose has a spring clamp, compress the legs of the clamp with a set of adjustable pliers and transfer the clamp a few inches down the hose. Place a towel under the pump and pull the hose off the pump’s outlet. Some water may spill.

Remove the clamp securing the external drain hose, if so equipped, to the back panel of the washing machine and remove the hose. Some washing machines have a plastic panel using two ports — one on each side — in which the external and internal seams attach. Push in the retaining clips to free the panel, then eliminate it.

Install the plastic panel — if so equipped — into the back panel of the washing machine.

Install the new external drain hose to the external port of the plastic panel and put in the clamp. Install one end of the newest internal drain hose to the inner port of the plastic panel. Install the other end of the hose to the pump’s outlet. Reinstall the clamps.

Reinstall the cabinet and push the two spring clips into their slots to fasten the cabinet to the back panel.

Reconnect the controller panel’s electrical straps, then reinstall the panel.

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