Most homeowners seldom think about connectors, hoses, and plumbing. They only contact a plumber whenever there is water leakage or blockage that they cannot fix. Home appliances that run on water such as dishwashers, washing machines, irrigation systems, etc. rely on connectors and hoses.
Failure to replace connectors and hoses after their useful life can damage home appliances or decrease their efficiency. Consequently, you may end up replacing an expensive appliance thinking that it is broken while the issue is with the connectors and hoses. Therefore, you need to know when to replace connectors and hoses. Avoid relying on water blockages and leakages to remind you that a replacement is due.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Understand the Hose Material, Is It Durable?
Common materials for hose production are polyurethane, vinyl, and rubber. These materials have varying qualities and different life expectancies. For instance, vinyl is the least expensive but less durable compared to rubber. On the other hand, polyurethane has vinyl qualities such as lightness and rubber qualities such as durability. Rubber is the priciest of the three options. However, the latest hose technology uses polyester, plastic, and latex to produce expandable hoses that you can adapt for any use.
Most hoses do not have a warranty except for a return policy if the hose is defective when first using it. Deciding on replace is usually done when a leak is discovered. There is no actual timeframe for when this will happen. It can be a few months or even a decade, depending on the brand and how you handle the hose.
Changes in Water Pressure
Depending on your location, water pressure can fluctuate. One option you have is to redesign your plumbing to maintain the maximum water pressure. The alternative and cheaper option is to replace your hoses to facilitate the operation of water-dependent appliances.
The standard hose diameter in the US is are 5/8 inch, but other options range from 1/2-inch, 3/8 inch, to 3/4 inch depending on the usage. The bigger the diameter delivers a high volume of water and may be uneconomical if you want to cut your utility bills. On the other hand, a smaller diameter has more pressure but less volume. For instance, when the water pressure changes or when you want to cut your water bills by replacing your hose with one of smaller girth, especially if you live in states such as Nevada, Colorado, and California where water bills have hit the roof recently.
When Appliance Efficiency Diminishes
Contact the manufacturer if you notice a change in the performance of your appliance before the warranty ends. They can advise you to either change your hose, replace the connector, or both. Sometimes, due to water quality, dirt residues can adversely impact the exterior quality of your hose. However, the materials used in hoses can only stain the interior, which rarely affects the hose’s functionality.
However, metal connectors can be made from brass, carbon-steel stainless steel, copper, nickel, or other materials. Depending on the water quality and other factors such as pressure, impulse frequency, temperature, vibration, and other potential hazards, the stem and ferrule can be corroded or damaged, adversely affecting the water conduit standards and reducing the quality the efficiency of your appliance.
Detecting the damage can be difficult, but the red flags of a damaged connector may include bubbling sounds, bumps on the hose exterior, water leakage, or even discoloration.
When Your Hose Is Kinked
Most brands are producing hoses with anti-kinking properties by using materials such as latex. However, the way you handle your hose can increase the likelihood of kinking. Particularly if you drag it on a rough surface or if you leave your hose exposed to a harsh environment when not in use. Exposure to extreme temperature, cold, or even twisting the hose can kink it. The kinks are points of weakness. Water pressure can easily damage the pipe leading to a leak requiring replacement.
After Replacing Water-Dependent Appliances
Specifications of appliances vary. Modern home appliances that use water have eco-friendly features that minimize the use of water and energy. Hence, when upgrading your dishwasher, dryer, or washing machine, you should also replace the hose and connectors with the latest versions. Failure to replace hoses can reduce the lifespan of your appliance by making them inefficient and ineffective.
When the Exterior of Your Hose and Connectors Are Stained
The materials used in making connectors can become corroded over time. Although the probability of this risk is low due to the standard safety features that brands adhere to avoid product liability suits. The chance increases gradually, and its effects can go undetected for years. Hence for maximum precaution, you should habitually examine the interiors of your hose and connectors. If there are stains, you should probably replace them.
How Often Should You Replace Your Hose and Connectors?
Make a habit of examining hoses and connectors for any changes. Most importantly, you should according to Complete Care Home Warranty whenever you install appliances to get the correct configuration and brands of connectors and hoses suitable for your appliances.
Nonetheless, if there is no visible damage to your hose or connectors, professionals recommend that you replace them after 3 to 5 years or at the end of the appliance’s lifespan. Check with your homeowners’ insurance. Some require that you replace the hoses every three years.
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