Washer drain hose split in half
Will W. • Steele, AL • April 19, 2014
Appliance: Frigidaire Washer FWS1233FS1
My Repair & Advice
Our washer is next door the bathroom. So when, during the rinse cycle, the hose split and we found the back of the house completely flooded I initially assumed the culprit was either the toilet or the sink or possibly an interdimentional portal into a demonic netherworld of vaguely chlorine scented water. I spent the next hour mopping it all up and checking and re-checking the pipes in the bathroom with no apparent leaks. The next load of laundry left more clues as this time the flood was from the wash cycle and the water was now warm and soapy. So I spent another hour on cleanup and went to bed. I bought a replacement hose at Wally World the next day and had a minor fit of rage when I got home to find that my washer didn't have the generic spout on the outside, but rather, had a hose that fed all the way into the machine and attached somewhere in its bowels. Since I've never attempted to repair a washing machine at any point in my life I immediately went for my shotgun. There was some familial intervention and I was forced to calm down and search for answers on the interwebs. I quickly found a video showing how to remove the controls and the outer cover from the machine. Unfortunately the machine in the video was nothing at all like my machine so there was more incomprehensible rage, some screaming, and another intervention. I did, in fact, find the correct video for my machine. I even got it open, removed the broken hose, and bagged it up to take with me to the hardware store. The next day I went to a proper hardware store and showed the man the hose. He said he didn't have my hose. He looked at it with a slight sneer as if it were something mildly repulsive like a dead parakeet or a cold sausage. "Your hose" he said disapprovingly, "has a ninety degree bend at the end. I don't have anything like that." I asked if he had anything that was close and he walked over to the rack, picked up a hose completely at random, pitched it to me, and advised me to "Try that." I did. If wrongness has degrees I believe it is safe to say that the hose the man suggested was 100% wrong for the job. At this point I was ready to summon a repair man and be done with this ridiculous nightmare. But I thought maybe, just maybe, I should do one final search on the internets. Luckily I found appliancepartspros.com. I quickly and easily found the correct hose for my machine, ordered it early morning on a Wednesday and got it Friday afternoon. By Friday evening the machine was back in working order not a single person was killed during the repair. I would say that rates as a success.