Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu
I'm going to say that it depends upon where you live.
My first inclination is to say washing machines are designed such that the valves suppling water to the machine are always left open. The reason I say that is because every laundry room I've ever seen has the location of the valves such that it is NOT convienient to shut the water off when the machine is not in use. For starters, the valves are almost always behind the washing machine (so you have to reach OVER the machine at least). Additionally, many times the valves are installed at a height that is lower than the top of the control panel of the machine. Finally, the valves themselves are usually the multi-turn type (i.e. it takes many twists to open/close them like a typical garden hose spicot).
So I figured the real answer was to look up some product literature. The 1st manufacturer that came to mind was Whirlpool, so I found an instruction manual for a whirlpool washing machine. Low-and-behold, the instruction manul indicated that not only should the water be shut off when the machine is not in use, but it should also be unplugged. But then I realized I was also on a uk web site. So I specifically went to www.whirlpool.com
and downloaded the instruction manual for the model number of the 1st washing machine I could find a www.lowes.com
. This instruction manual did NOT say or suggest that the water should be shut-off between uses nor did it suggest that the machine be unplugged. However, it DID suggest that hoses be replaced ever 5 years to avoid bursting from fatige.
I gotta' say, you are logical.
My one-time officemate did a brake job. The factory manual said to use a 'double flaring tool', so he did.
He called 10 places [on company time] that do brake jobs.
3 out of 10 used the tool, the remainder didn't, and each one plausibly justified their shop practice.
So my officemate asked me, "How can this be?"
If I recall, my answer was along the lines of
-the people who write factory manuals are afraid of lawsuits
-I don't see cars all along the shoulder with bad brakes so I can't judge how much more reliability
using this special tool gets you.
I'm praying for a graceful failure with these hoses. With timing chains, I replace them at the recommended interval if I have an interference engine.
Almost all of my enemies are dead [and I was elsewhere when they died, except for one] so sometimes prayer works!
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