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Re-using old hoses ok?
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Post# 990855   4/15/2018 at 16:34 by Spin-Doctor (Maryland)        

I'm in the process of rebuilding a 1990 Kenmore DD unit with some parts from a 2005 Kenmore DD unit. One difference I see between the two models is that the the newer machine uses these flexible accordian type hoses that connect to the pump. The newer machine also uses this same type of hose for the water inlet. In contrast, the older machine has smooth, molded automotive coolant type hoses. They are much thicker and certainly appear more durable than the newer accordion type hoses, which are made of much thinner material.

I can get some of the old NOS molded hoses for the 1990 unit, but not all of them. There is a small molded hose that is between the temp sensor and the water inlet valve that apparently is no longer available (P/N 3349366). The other one is the washer tub drain hose P/N 62731. They do sell another hose that is a replacement for this one, but it is the cheap accordian type.

The water inlet molded hose is pretty obviously hard and I should replace it. Not sure where to find one though? And the large washer tub hose (P/N 62731) I have, although it is nearly 30 years old, it still seems pliable, has no cracks and essentially seems ok. But I want this washer to last a long time (decades) without blowing a hose. So not sure if I should re-use the one I have or to replace it with a new (but cheaper) universal accordian type hose.

What do you experts think?

Post# 990867 , Reply# 1   4/15/2018 at 18:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Try ebay if you want to go with NOS hoses. One thing I can say about the newer accordion type hoses is that they don't kink so easily. Durability wise, I have no idea how superior or inferior they'd be. I've seen some real thin, cheap looking accordion hoses, and some quality ones. I got an accordion type drain hose for my A806. It seems well made.

Post# 990873 , Reply# 2   4/15/2018 at 19:43 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Shut the faucets off after wash is done and dont leave it when its running. That way any hose works. My LA511 hoses are 35 years old and dont leak, but if they did, I would be right here to shut faucets off. I have known several people who left their house and came back to a flood because they couldnt be bothered to turn the faucets off.

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