Two Simple Upgrades Will Extend the Life of Your Washer and Dryer

Repairing damage caused by a burst washer hose or a dusty air duct in a dryer is costly and tedious. Updating both of these elements will make your equipment safer, more efficient and last longer.

In both cases, you want to replace the hose or duct with a metal version if your fixtures do not already have them, and if they are, check them for wear or breakage. This Old House recommends using a steel jacketed hose (more durable) for the washer and a metal duct (less flammable) for the dryer. Check them every six months to make sure they are in good condition and replace the hose every five years. For step-by-step visual instructions on how to update both options, click the link below (Warning: This is a slideshow).

How to Maintain Your Washer and Dryer | This old house


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