The existing control valves are leaking and I want to replace them (32
Home Depot sells valves named "washing machine valve". The have the
typical washer at end of cylinder that travels.
I dont know if these are gate valves or ball valves or whatever.
Which type should I use as a replacement?
Sounds like you're describing a gate valve. I would find a washing machine
valve that uses ball valves. With these you can turn off both the hot and
cold water source with a quarter turn of the valve lever. And you should
always turn off the water when done washing. The solenoid mix valves in
washing machines are prone to failure (usually when you've left the house
for a long weekend) and can open up and flood the house even though the
machine is turned off. That's to say nothing about the hoses bursting
sometimes, also. I've sold washers for over 25 years and I believe that all
instruction manuals still caution you to turn off the water. You'll never
get in the habit of turning off the water if you have to crank down two gate
valves each time.
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