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 Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: bruce24 (MA)

I have a a Symmons Laundry-Mate washing machine valve and after 8 or so years, the shutoff isn't working 100%. When I put it in the off position, it seems like the water if off, ie. if I try to run the washing machine I get no water. However with it in the off position, in a few days I find that my front loading washer is 1/2 full with water, I noticed the first time the hard way as I opened the door and had a wave of water come out.

Before I call a plumber I wanted to know if there is some adjustment I can try to make so that off again means off?

I can't find the part number or a picture of the exact valve I have, but it looks similar to this one. The difference is with this version the source waterlines(copper) come in from the bottom while on the one I have they come in from the sides.

[www.symmons.com]

Any Help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

-Bruce

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 Re: Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: hj (AZ)

The FIRST thing you have to do is get the washer serviced so ITS valve turns off all the way. Regardless of whether the water supply is on or off, and 95% of them are on, the washer should NOT fill with water.

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 Re: Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: bruce24 (MA)

I realize the washing machine has a problem, actually more than one. It's 15 years old and I plan to replace it, but the replacement will cost ~$850. I thought I would deal with the valve first because even if I have to pay a plumber to replace it, it will cost way less than the new washing machines.

Thanks,

-Bruce

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 Re: Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: KCRoto (MO)

I found this information on the symmons website. Your link showed 3 different valves, but this link may help you out.

[www.symmons.com]

If you know which valve it is, you should be able to get a repair kit.



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 Re: Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: packy (MA)

yours is one of the simplest repairs there is.
call 1 800 SYMMONS for free replacement valve.
shut off the water, take the plastic cover off, remove the hoses, remove the 2 stainless screws on the top portion of the valve. the valve will pull right away from the wall elbows. slip the new valve over the wall elbows, tighten the stainless screws.. DONE.
the valve is a #400
only tool you need is a big flat screwdriver to remove valve and a channel locks to remove hoses.
just be fussy with the "O" rings when reassembling..

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 Re: Problem with single lever washing machine shutoff valve
Author: hj (AZ)

quote; I thought I would deal with the valve first because even if I have to pay a plumber to replace it, it will cost way less than the new washing machines.

That is true, except for the fact that the washing machine is the REAL PROBLEM, and when it is fixed the water valve will be a minor inconvenience that you will NEVER have to worry about until you disconnect the washing machine.

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