A:AnswerI just had my new washer from Best Buy delivered today. The delivery person would not install my new washer unless they used the new hoses. I had new stainless steel hoses I had purchased recently on the old washer - they said "made no difference" they needed to install with the new hoses. When buying, it would not let me buy the warranty without purchasing the new hoses. But I made them take my good hoses off my old washer and leave them with me. This is just forcing you to spend more money. They could always have it in the warranty that hoses are not covered unless purchased with washer.
A:AnswerI am in a house so never considered a drain pan. We have been in our house for over 25 years and never needed one. As long as your hoses are secure you should be good. Also, if you stay there 4-5 years, you might want to check hoses to make sure they haven't gotten thin and so could leak from the side of the hoses.
A:AnswerThe steel braided hoses are the best made to protect your home. Since standard rubber hoses have a tendency to burst the steel braided hoses are recommended. The are rubber inside but braided with steel to prevent them from bursting. You don’t use your washing machine 24/7 so it sits there with the hoses filled with water that is under pressure. In all of my years I have never had an issue with standard rubber hoses, however, there was once that I found a bulge in the hot water hose that could have potentially caused an issue if I had not caught it in time. That is why I insist on the steel braided hoses and always replace the water hoses each time I replace the washer. It does cost a little more but it is worth the investment since if the hot water hose bursts you would have very hot water spraying which could potentially cause harm to you or a loved one.
A:AnswerYes, since most new washers don’t come with hoses any more then the sales person should recommend the steel braided hot and cold hoses. If they don’t, just ask for the steel braided hose with the washers at the time of your purchase