Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) hoses,
commonly known as black rubber washing machine hoses.
Most types of washer hoses fail at, or within a few inches of the coupling, especially the common black OEM washer hose. It most often bursts where the coupling is crimped, or attached to the hose. A washer hose coupling is basically the same design as those found on a garden hose. A hose coupling has three metal components. The nut, or swivel, is the round, threaded part that attaches the hose to a washer’s inlet valve on one end and the water supply valve on the other end.
The second is called an insert, or stem, that forms a metal tube that is “inserted” into the hose. The third component is the ferrule, or collar, positioned below the swivel and over the very end of the hose. The ferrule is then crimped, compressing the hose between the ferrule and insert locking it in place.
Over time, chemicals and minerals naturally found in water can easily corrode and rust the inexpensive, light metal coupling, inside and out. The corroded insert placed inside the hose becomes jagged and sharp. The washing machine’s vibration and movement causes the jagged leading edge of the insert to gradually cut through the hose’s inner tube, allowing the pressurized water to escape and migrate between the tube and outer cover, forming a walnut size bubble, that bursts, creating a soggy, often expensive mess. With 70 pounds of water pressure, a burst hose can discharge 600 gallons of water per hour, weighing some 5,000 pounds, or the weight of a loaded Chevy truck. Imagine this happening while you’re sleeping through the night, away for the weekend, or on vacation.
Manufacturers caution owners to shut off the water supply when not using the machine and to replace the hoses regularly ever 3-5 years. That’s good advice, perhaps, but very few owners comply, or are even aware of it. Are these manufacturers simply good corporate citizens keeping the consumer’s best interest in mind? Okay, maybe they are, sorta, just a tad. Are they indirectly attempting to reduce their legal exposure? Are they trying to limit their defective product liability, which might somehow reduce court ordered judgments against them when a hose fails within that 3-5 year window? Yes to both questions. Are you surprised? Read on.
Manufacturers and their hose suppliers simply have no incentive to provide safe, durable, long lasting hoses with their washers. Millions of washing machines are produced annually and their cost accountants have done their work well. After settling vigorously defended product liability lawsuits in and out of court, profit is still realized in OEM and aftermarket sales of millions of pairs of these cost engineered (read “cheaper”) hoses. Providing a durable hose would increase production costs by millions of dollars and provide no competitive advantage.
They profit much more by not offering a safer hose to consumers. They’re quite aware that an insurance company will only sue a manufacturer and supplier when the amounts are worth going after. They’re not going to spend $15,000 in legal fees to recover $10,000. The larger awards that manufacturers and their hose suppliers do pay are considered the cost of doing business. Consumers and their insurers continue to suffer increasing losses.
THE ONLY WASHING MACHINE HOSE YOU WILL EVER NEED
Floodchek Washing Machine HosesFLOODCHEK Corporation is proud to present the finest washing machine hoses in the world. Developed with the sole purpose of preventing water damage caused every year by substandard, defective washing machine hoses. To purchase FLOODCHEK washing machine hoses (color coded red for hot and blue for cold, same construction) select your options below and click the Add To Cart button.
WASHING MACHINE HOSES WITH A STEAM DRYER INSTALLATION KITAs pictured, the complete installation kit includes:
- Two brass “gooseneck” or 45° hose adapters, each to be coupled to the hot and cold water supply valves.
- One brass hose splitter, or wye, to be coupled to the adapter on the cold water valve.
- One 5 or 7 foot pair of color coded (same construction) Floodchek washing machine hoses, for connecting the blue (cold) hose to one side of the hose splitter and the red (hot) hose to the adapter on the hot water inlet valve, then each to corresponding inlet valves on washer.
- One single blue Floodchek hose to be attached to other side of hose splitter on cold water supply valve, then to dryer.
Additional Hose for a Steam kitA single FLOODCHEK hose is being offered here, choose your size for your installation needs. In most cases a single hose is used as part of a steamkit for your dryer that comes with a steam feature. This hose is also know as a hose for a steam dryer and is used with our FLOODCHEK dryer steam kit.
Solid Brass Y Adapter Hose SplitterThis brass hose Y adapter converts a single hose outlet or hose spigot into two hose outlets also known as a "Wye" adapter or a brass two way connector. The hose bib valve has dual shut-off valves that allow for water flow control. With a swivel, it connects to a standard hose faucet and has leak-free ball valves. Durable solid brass construction ensures many years of dependable use. Features and Benefits
- Durable solid brass construction ensures many years of excellent use
- Has dual water flow control and shut-off valves
- Has leak-free ball valves
- A perfect complement to Floodchek hoses for steam kits
Gooseneck Brass Coupling 45° Adapters45° cast brass coupling adapters, used for washing machines with restricted side or rear clearance. These are also known as gooseneck brass coupling adapters and make for a perfect, clean installation behind any washer or dryer setup.
Washing Machine Washer Hose Gasket FittingFLOODCHEK Corporation is proud to present the best rubber washing machine hose gasket fittings. Custom manufactured specifically for replacing a leaking rubber washer O ring and or used washer gasket.
It is advised that if you replace your washing machine, to check closely for any damage to the washer gasket embedded in the washing machine hose itself. This is where most leaks disseminate from. Thus: replacing the washer gaskets when you remove your washing machine hose from the washer or dyer is your best peace of mind.These USA made rubber washer gaskets can also be used for your outside garden hose or any other hose of the same size. Developed with the sole purpose of preventing water damage caused every year by substandard, defective washing machine hoses and washer gaskets found within all other washing machine hoses sold in today's market place of planned obsolescence.