Two Simple Upgrades Will Make Your Washer And Dryer Last Longer


Dealing with the damage from a burst washer hose or dust-clogged dryer duct is expensive and frustrating. Upgrading both those items will make your appliances safer, more efficient and last longer.

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In both instances, you want to replace the hose or duct with a metal version if your appliances don’t already have them, and if you do, check for wear or breaks. This Old House recommends a steel-jacketed hose (more durable) for the washer and a metal duct (less flammable) for the dryer. Check back every six months to make sure they’re in good shape and replace the hose every five years. For step-by-step visual instructions on how to upgrade both, hit the link below. (Warning: it’s a slideshow.)

How to Maintain a Washer and Dryer [This Old House]


  • A metal sheathed hose is no less prone to leakage than a plain synthetic hose. The metal sheath is to stop physical external damage. Crushing etc. Being behind a washer it shouldn’t be susceptible to this damage. So yeah is kinda a waste of money.

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