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Stainless Steel Washing Machine Hoses

I see that an installer used stainless steel jacketed filler hoses with my new washer. (See picture below.) I was wondering if these are any better than rubber hoses? I've heard a few stories about ...
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Can a modern washing machine pump high enough to reach a sewer line that's 43" above the ground?

Our sewer line is 43" above the ground. Today, the washing machine drains into a washbasin, into an ejector pump, and into the sewer. I would like the washing machine to drain directly into the sewer ...
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Add a toilet to washing machine drain line

Are there any disadvantages to adding a toilet so that the toilet waste drains into the washing machine drain? We have a small home and it only has one toilet. There are four people who live here so ...
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Why does my washer's spin cycle activate only when set to the “super” size?

I've inherited an old washer (GE WJSR2080). It works fine, except that the spin cycle only works when the washer load size is set to the higher settings. When set to the small setting, it sounds ...
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What could be causing all of my washing machine troubles?

The past few times we have tried to use the washing machine, it has given off a burning smell and has even begun to smoke a bit.  Also, it doesn't appear to be draining fully in the spin cycle, so the ...
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Washing machine jumping around

I have a frontloader washing machine Whirlpool AWO 6445, about four years old, that runs about twice a week. It is sandwiched into a kitchen with not a single millimeter to spare left and right, but a ...
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Can I use a small propane instant hot water heater for a clothes washer?

I would like to set up a clothes washer in a location that has only cold water. (It will be in a makeshift shed of some kind, with a hose and an extension cord.) I could just wash everything in cold ...
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Why does my front loading clothes washer stink?

I have a front loading washing machine which smells really bad. I have also had the brown sludge problem which I've managed to clear with hot cleaning etc. I've noticed I have to empty the filter of ...
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Replacing hot/cold water faucets for washer

The faucets in the garage for my parents washer are leaking and I want to replace them. The first issue is that I had no idea what this type of faucet is called. I looked around the home depot ...
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How to split water current

I have a washing machine which uses the only available water valve where it is. I want to add a dish washer. However, there is only one water valve. Is it possible to install an accessory so that I ...
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New Samsung Washer Smells

I am concerned because our new Samsung washing machine (front loading, stackable, stacked on the bottom) absolutely REEKS of chemicals; the closest I can think of is paint thinner. I expected a "new ...
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What is causing the clothes washer GFCI to trip?

I have a clothes washer which came with a gfci adapter. The cord didn't quite reach the nearest outlet, so we had the washer plugged into a (grounded) 3-outlet interior extension cord, then to the ...
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Minimum drop on washer drain?

I would like to add a diverter valve to my washer's drain line to facilitate a graywater system. I'm thinking of shortening the washer drain so I can relocate the P-trap higher up and add the diverter ...
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What is the correct way to install a washing machine drain pan?

I've got a laundry room on the second floor, and when it was remodeled the contractor put in a drain pipe, but no drain pan. At the moment, I have the washing machine hooked up, but it's away from ...
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What's causing my washer to stop running during the wash cycle?

I have an Frigidaire Affinity washer that runs perfectly fine, (all the way through wash & rinse cycles), when empty, but as soon as you put even a small load of clothes in it, it stops working ...
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Why does my Kenmore washing machine not move out of the wash cycle?

While doing laundry this weekend, it seemed like the washer was taking a very long time to get through 1 regular load. I finally went to check on it and found that it never moved from the very first ...
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How do I stretch a replacement drain hose to fit over the existing pipe?

The original drain hose needed to be replaced, but the new hose is the same size as the existing pipe. What is the trick for "stretching" the hose over the pipe before reattaching the clamps?
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What to do with wobbling laundry machine?

I have a laundry machine in a condo and have been using it for almost two years (I use it around 1-2 times a week). Last week when I was washing a heavy duty, I felt my laundry machine was a little ...
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Why does my washing machine leak only during the tumble dry cycle?

My Bosch Washer/Dryer WVF2402GB/01 Has started leaking a lot of water when tumble drying. If dryer is left off it works normally. Any ideas?
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Help to diagnose the washing machine issue

I have a Haier HLP23E washing machine. Last week it stops to spin. After draining all water, instead of start the spin cycle, it stops for a while and then start to pour in the water. I switch off the ...
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Top Loader Kenmore HE Washer with VERY LOUD whirring sound, not present at purchase

I have a Whirlpool top loading washer that sounds like an airplane engine at take off when it spins. It was not like this when I bought it less than 3 years ago. I can't even hold a conversation in ...
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What could cause washing machine drum to bang against housing during spin cycle after a repair?

I just replaced the agitator cam and cogs and drive block in my Whirlpool top loading washing machine. I put everything back together exactly according to directions and now the outer drum seems to ...
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How can I repair the agitator on my hotpoint washer?

Could anyone please advise me how to remove the agitator on a hotpoint washer model HTWP1200DOWW? The agitator is not spinning.
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How do I drain my washing machine?

Frontload GE Washing Machine to sit on Basement cement floor. Drain to Greywater rockbed is a 2" line going out through wall 54" above basement floor. It goes through wall and down approx 3 feet on a ...
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Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two it ...
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How do I replace a Zanussi washing machine's front door seal?

I have a zanussi jet system 1200, model wjd1257w. It is a washing and drying machine. It leaks water, I guess at the spin cycle or perhaps before it. I searched and found out that it could be either ...
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What could be the cause of black streaks on the rubber seal on a front loading washer?

I have a LG front loading washer (about 2 years old) that has worked fine for little bit over a year. Some time ago though black streak marks started appearing on the rubber that seals the washer door ...
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Whirlpool Duet front-loading washer won't spin

I have a Whirlpool Duet front-loading washer. Sometimes it stops and won't spin then displays code F02. Usually turning it off for an hour and restarting solves the problem but not tonight. When I ...
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Why won't the lower agitator on my washing machine spin?

I have a Whirlpool top load washing machine. I recently replaced the dogs on the agitator which was very easy. The top agitator works like it is supposed to, but the bottom doesn't move. It's like ...
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How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?

I am relocating my laundry to a room over my garage. I have an opportunity to put in a floor drain. My old laundry has a floor drain (not sure why -- it is carpet and subfloor with only crawlspace ...
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How can I connect this washing machine outlet to the drain?

I have been given a washing machine and I've plumbed in the inlet no problems The problem I have is that the outlet hose coming from the machine is not compatible with the drainage plumbing in the ...
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Do modern washers heat the water if below cycle temp?

As my house is currently without hot water (heater broken), I am curious if my washer has a heating element to regulate the water temp if what comes out of the pipes is below the cycle required ...
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Why does my Whirlpool washing machine's lower agitator rotate, but the auger does not?

I've got a Whirlpool washing machine that has started giving me some problems. Recently when I run a load through the wash, I can see the agitator turning, but the upper auger doesn't turn... it's as ...
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Basement shower drain backing up when washing machine runs

When running washing machine, water backs up through a nearby shower drain and makes a gurgling noise. How do I solve this problem?
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Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?

First post on this site, long time Stack Exchange consumer for tech stuff, didn't realize there was a Home Improvement section! I've got a GE washing machine that periodically will spray water out of ...
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Should washing machines be placed on tile or other water-proof flooring?

I am redoing the area where my washing machine is. Currently it's placed in a closet and has a tile floor. I'd rather not use tile in the new setup, but it got me wondering if this is an important ...
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Why are my clothes hot after washing them?

My new LG frontload washer leaves my clothes HOT after each cycle. The hot water valve has been turned off and it is still leaving them hot. Any suggestions?
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Clothes washing machine doesn't heat water yet reports no errors

I have a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine that is less that 2 years old, model WF90F7E6U6W. It appears to not heat the water any more but also reports no error codes either. Given that this is a ...
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Any way to determine capacity of old washer/dryer?

My parents have a Whirlpool washer (model LA7000XS) and dryer (model LE7080XSW0) from 1987. They want to replace them, but want to make sure the capacities of the new washer and dryer are at least as ...
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How to extend my washing machine standpipe?

I need to extend my standpipe so that it's higher than my washing machine drum height. I need it to be about 24" taller than it currently is. I'm not experienced doing any plumbing work beyond ...
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Why is my washing machine so loud during the spin cycle?

I have a top loading washing machine. It is sitting on the bottom of a rack. The dryer is sitting on the top shelf of a rack. (The rack was made to stack these two units on top of each other). During ...
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Laundry box and water hammer arrestor

I am trying to install my new washer & dryer combo. There are a few things that I am not sure since plumbing hardware and markings are a bit different in the US compared to once I used in Russia. ...
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Can you use a section of 3/8“ pipe in a 1/2” water pipe run?

The water supply is for hooking up a washing machine.
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Washing Machine Hookups Not Shutting Off

My neighbor is trying to hook up a new washing machine. We have turned the valves on the wall both ways, specifically to the direction that says off though and when we unhook the pipe from the ...
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Washing Machine Agitator Noise

I have a top-loading Maytag washing machine that is making a brief "rubber on plastic" whining noise during the agitation phase of a laundry load and when the wash cycle completes. Just in case it ...
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Why does my washer trip circuit breaker on sanitize cycle?

Bought this machine used and the seller failed to mention this to me or this is a problem with my wiring. All cycles complete 100% on this machine (LG model WM2277HW), except for the aforementioned ...
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Smelly water in between washer barrels

My washer has water in between the 2 barrels after each load. The water leaves a terrible smell, what is causing this and how can I fix it. The washer is a "Amana" top load washer
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Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?

Bought a house (built in 1937) recently. When the clothes washer runs (particularly, when it agitates), lights in the house flicker. I've read in numerous places online that this is possibly due to ...
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What do I need to do to split a washing machine hookup to allow adding a dishwasher?

In my new (1836— just moved in) house I have a washing machine in a, um, short hallway? cupboard? leading from a kitchen to a bathroom. Above it is a shelf. The plan is to move the washing machine up ...