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Old 10-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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We have a single handle washing machine valve that has become very difficult to turn on. It turns off easily, as it always did, but lately the
turn-on requires maximum effort to work. My wife cannot do it at all.
Do we need to replace the valve? Or is there something else I can to
to free it up? Thanks!

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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It may be time to replace/rebuild the valve. You would have to turn the water off and take it all apart to rebuild it. It may be easier to replace it. They wear overtime and depending on how hard your water is, they can build up sediment. Please post a couple of pics so we can give you better advice. Thanks.

Just a suggestion; Along with replacing/rebuilding the valve, replace your hoses at the same time with some good braided ones.

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Thank you, jmon, for the response. I will take it apart and see
what it looks like. Most likely, as you suggest, I will replace it.
Also, regarding the braided hoses, I have them installed already.
Wouldn't be without them after hearing of some true disasters
when the other type gave out. The one that comes to mind
has the washing machine on the second floor! The whole house
was ruined.
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Sounds good. Go from
there.
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I just got a surprise when I called Symmonds, manufacturer of the valve I've written about here. All I wanted to do was ask about my difficulty
moving the on-off lever to see if they had any suggestions. Instead,
they said they would replace it immediately and they sure did. They
Fedexed it overnite and it was delivered the next day at noon.
I had told them I had operated the old one for many years, and I was
was not calling to complain. They said it should not have failed that
way and they would replace it. How about that? I've never dealt with a company like that. Wow!
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It's always good to hear good news like that every once in awhile. Good for you. Glad everything worked out for you Jazan and thanks for sharing your experience with the forum.
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I'm wondering why your turning this valve on and off all the time.
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I'm wondering why your turning this valve on and off all the time.
Some people turn the water supply off when not in use. It is a very good idea as it will prevent a flood if a hose were to burst. I do it when I go off on vacation.
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The valve is off and on all the time because that's what the design was made for and these folks aren't only a cut above in what should be done but actually do it.
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I'm wondering why your turning this valve on and off all the time.
To use it for the intended purpose I would assume. Dont you? Or do you not have this technology?
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I'm wondering why your turning this valve on and off all the time.
I'm wondering why you would question why?
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These valves should be "code", considered "standard" and should be located above the height of the washing machine for easy access. I've been using one of these for 20 years and always turn off the water when we are finished washing. I've seen too many flooded basements and ruined floors and ceilings.
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I've been using one of these for 20 years and always turn off the water when we are finished washing. I've seen too many flooded basements and ruined floors and ceilings.
Ive been using them for 3 years since we moved laundry to 1st floor.
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Yes those are nice. They also make electric one which does it automatically. Your a big player having one of those. Major upgrade
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These valves should be "code", considered "standard" and should be located above the height of the washing machine for easy access. I've been using one of these for 20 years and always turn off the water when we are finished washing. I've seen too many flooded basements and ruined floors and ceilings.
Unfortunately "code" is written to protect your health- not your property

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