If you have a washing machine and you are experiencing problems with the way it drains out, you may want to consider using a siphon. They are a popular accessory for many washers and they can help prevent your washing machine from overfilling and clogging up.
You can buy a siphon at any store that sells washing machines. They are fairly easy to install, but you will need basic hand tools and a bit of knowledge about how to disassemble your washer. They can also be expensive.
The first step is to unplug your washing machine and shut off the power supply to it. This will prevent damage to the circuit breaker and any electrical equipment in the home. You should also shut off any hot and cold water sources.
Next, connect your washing machine drain hose to the siphon break kit. These kits are made of plastic and are usually compatible with most washers. The kit comes with two plastic drain hose sleeves and a T-shaped siphon break that fits over one end of the hose. To install the siphon, cut through the drain hose above the 28-inch mark on the back of your washer with utility shears. Slip the drain hose sleeve over the T-shaped siphon break and screw on the hose clamps that are included with the kit.
Another option is to connect a drain hose directly to the stand pipe below your sink or washing machine. If this is your case, you will need to check the pipe is firmly secured to the wall and that it is standing straight. If it has slipped over the edge and is leaking, you will need to fix this or have the plumbing replaced.
Once you have done this, it is important to test your hoses for leaks before you use them again. You can do this by having the washing machine fill up and empty a few times and watching for any signs of leakage. If you don’t find any, it’s likely the hose is damaged and needs to be replaced.
If you are connecting the hose directly to the plumbing, it is essential to make sure the hose unions (the ‘finger’ type of fitting that connects the hose to your tap or valve) are tightened properly. Over tightening can cause the rubber seal between the hose union and the tap or valve to be squeezed out and can cause a drip. If you are not sure how to tighten your hoses, it’s worth getting a friend or family member to do this for you as they will be able to look for any signs of leakage and tell you if the hose is damaged or needs replacing.
You can also try plugging your washing machine into a different outlet and see if that makes a difference. Then, try a different cycle or reset your machine to see if that solves the problem.
A siphon can help your washing machine work better and last longer by preventing overfilling and clogging up. You can even get a syphon that can be used with other appliances in the house, like your toilet. But you must be careful not to kink the syphon tubing, as this can reduce the pressure on it and cause it to collapse.