How to Replace Washing Machine drain Hose: The Ultimate DIY Guide

Are you wondering how to replace washing machine drain hose? Is your washing machine drain hose leaking or damaged and need to be replaced and you don’t know how? You’re in the right place.

during the rinse and spin cycles, water is drained from the washer basket it flows out of the washer basket through the drain hose and down the drainpipe.

the drain hose is what carries the wastewater out of the washer the main reason be changing it out is if it’s cracked or damaged.

In this article, we’ll show you how to replace washing machine drain hose in different models especially in the front and top load washing machines.

How to replace washing machine drain hose

What are the tool you need to replace washing machine drain hose?

  • a pair of pliers
  • quarter-inch nut
  • new drain hose
  • a Phillips screwdriver 

Before start replacing the drain hose:

make sure unplugged or the circuit breakers are off so there’s no chance of electrocution also make sure you turn off your hot and cold water supplies.

How to replace a front load washing machine drain hose?

Step1. take off the front bottom access panel 

1. use a quarter-inch nut driver to take the screws out.

once you have the screws out:

2. lift the panel off and set it aside.

Once you remove the access panel you’ll have access to the drain hose where it comes up and connects to the drain pump.

  • put a towel down to catch any water that may come out when you take the clamp off.

Step2. Remove the drain hose from the drain pump        

1. take a plier and compress the clamp and move it down onto the drain pump.

once you have it off the drain hose:

2. pull the drain hose off the drain pump once you have disconnected

  • pull the towel out.

3. go around back and take the rest of the drain hose out.

Step3. take off the back access panel

1. use the quarter nut driver to remove all the screws that hold the back panel on

there are two screws on each side that have a cutter on them you don’t want to take those out because those don’t hold the panel on, as you’re taking the last screw up.

2. put your leg against the back panel so it doesn’t fall off, once you have the last screw out.

3. let the panel down and drop it down from the lip.

4. once you have it lowered down you can pull it off and set it aside 

another way of the back panel off you have access to the drain hose so over here on the left side of the machine.

Step4. Remove the old drain hose from inside the washer

1. take the drain hose out of the clamp that holds it into the control board.

  • lift on it.

2. follow the drain hose up to the second clamp which holds it in between the two support beams.

 it’s just a tension clamp all you have to do is:

  • lift on the tab to release it 
  • get the drain hose out from it

3. follow the drain hose up to get it out of the clamp that holds it.

  • unwrap it once you have it released.
  • slide it off to the side.

4. pull the whole drain hose out of the washer.

don’t you have it out of the washer you can pull it out and set it aside.

Step5. Install the new drain hose

1. Feed the drain hose in between the support bracket and the back panel.

Make sure that it goes down and in the general direction of the pump and not off towards the middle machine.

On the spot in the drain hose, it looks different from the drain hose that’s where it needs to clip into the holding bracket.

2. lock in the drain hose spot in the holding bracket, once you have that in place

3. pull the drain hose down so you can hook it up to the middle clamp.

That clamp went right in between the two flats and the drain hose

3. Open the holding bracket up and Center in the drain hose in there and then lock it in place, once you have it secure.

4. follow the drain hose down and hook it onto the top of the control board, all you have to do is:

there are two lines on the drain hose:

5. reach underneath and clip the drain hose lines in the holding bracket.

Step6. Put back in the back panel.

Make sure that you feed the cutout for the drain hose around it

lift the panel into place then hold it with your knee and then use the quarter-inch nut driver to put the screws in.

Step7. Connect the drain hose to the drain pump

1. go upfront and hook the drain hose up to the drain pump.

2. reach in and carefully push the drain hose onto the drain pump.

make sure you bottomed it out so the little tab on the drain hose is lined up to the tab in the drain pump.

once you have it in place:

2. grab your pliers and move the clamp up so you get a good seal on the drain hose, once you have the clamp in place.

Step8. Put the front access panel back in

to put the access panel back in there are a couple of tabs right here that you have to line up the openings in the frame. 

  • line it up and lift it into place.
  • hold it up.
  • use the quarter-inch nut driver to put the screws in.

How to replace a top load washing machine drain hose?

To change the drain hose in a top load whirlpool washing machine:


You simply need to be able to pull the washer far enough forward, so you can access the connection at the base of the machine.

which you also need to have something there to collect the water that will be left in that drain hose, you can put a towel or cloth or even a container…


Once you pull out the washer you’ll have access to the back of the washer.

make sure that you drain any water that may be in the existing hose into a container.

Step3. Remove the old drain hose

1. use a pair of pliers and simply squeeze on the spring clamp that holds the drain hose to the drain pump.

2. slide it up on the hose a bit.

3. twist that hose to pull it off of the pump.

4. Use a pair of pliers take the clamp and remove it from the old hose.

5. Discard the old hose.

Step4. Install the new drain pipe

Although the new hose appears to be a different style than the original, there’ll be an outlet and an inlet, The inlet end will match the pump outlet.

1. Sliding the clamp upon the hose.

2. moistened the inside lip of that drain hose, so it will slide easily over the pump outlet.

3. take the hose to push it firmly over the drain outlet on the pump to the bottom zone.

4. Take your pliers and slide the clamp up, in front of the raised portion of the drain hose, that will clamp it firmly to the pump outlet.


push the washer back into place.

The tapered end of that drain hose will fit down into your standpipe. There’s room to twist that hose into an elbow shape so that it will not get kink.

you’re ready to plug the washer in, and your repair is complete.

How long should the drain hose be on a washing machine?

Ideally, it should be as short as possible, however, on many machines, you need the hose to loop up high before going into an open standpipe or waste disposal so that the machine doesn’t siphon and water from the sink doesn’t want to flow back to the washer.

Go up too far or along too far and the drain pump will be under too much load. It either won’t manage to pump at all or won’t pump efficiently and it won’t last as long as it should.

For most washers in Europe, the limits are 1.5m up from the floor and an additional 2 meters attached to the existing hose going to either side.

How do you secure a washing machine drain hose?

Use a hose clamp. They’re a couple of bucks at most and every hardware store, car parts store, and most stores like Amazon and Walmart have them.

You put the clamp over the hose, put the hose on the back of the pump, slide the clamp over the connection and tighten it with a flat screwdriver or a wrench.

At the top of the hose, there is a hook-shaped section. You put it into the hole on top of the drain line. It should come up nearly even with the top of the washer.

Now, most drain kits for washers come with a clamp in the bag. This is not a very good one and works by being expanded with a pair of pliers.

There are two wire ears on it and you squeeze them towards each other, then follow the procedure where you slide it on the hose, install the hose and then clamp it down over the connection.

 I prefer the ones with the screw that tightens them, but this one will do the job if you put it on right. These are just kind of a pain in the butt to use.

Anything less than that will come apart, leak water everywhere, and keep your washing machine from filling while they’re leaking.

How do you stop a washing machine drain hose from leaking?

Replace it is usually the only option.

A possibility is leaking at the connection of the drain hose. If that is the case fixing the connection might be possible by tightening the connection, replacing a gasket.

Or slipping a hose over the drain hose and making a leak-proof seal to the drain hose before the spot it leaks, without reducing the flow of the drain hose.

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Does a washing machine drain hose need to be elevated?

Yes, the drain hose should be raised, and it’s always safer to do so higher than the washing machine itself. This would eliminate the possibility of siphoning. You may also take other measures to ensure that you have the best drainage possible.

The washer drain hose has an O.D. of 114″. (outside diameter). The drain plumbing should be at least 30″ high to ensure that no water is siphoned. The drain hose must be at least 30″ from the floor and less than 8 feet long to operate properly.

If the washing machine’s drain hose is several times longer than the distance needed to connect to the sewer, it may be the only option. Special tips will be difficult to use with simple cutting, and twisting will cause drain delays.


My Name is Elhoucine I am a passionate blogger, I have been searching and reading about the newly released gadgets, appliances, and products, and through this blog, I am trying to share some of the acquired experience to help you with everything related to home.