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Are my washing machine isolator valves off? (Pics inside)

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by New2DIYing, 20 Jul 2013.

  1. New2DIYing

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    Ive just taken off my washing machine from the cold and hot supply.

    I tried turning the isolator valves clockwise (from being parallel to the ground) but they did not budge. Instead I was able to turn them counter clockwise and they are now perpendicular to the floor but that was achieved by turning them counter clockwise (see pic below).

    Are these in the off position as I always thought you needed to turn them clockwise to get them off?

    I have removed the hoses from the washing machine and no water has come flooding out is that a good sign that they are off?

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    Yes they are off
     
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    At least they are in the off position!

    But the plastic knob can sometimes be forced to a different position so undo carefully if you are not familiar with the installation.

    Tony
     
  5. New2DIYing

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    My new machine only has a cold feed. Is it OK for me to leave the hot feed in the position it is currently shown as being off and doing nothing else with it?

    I will then connect the cold to the new machine and turn that back to the on position.

    Thanks.
     
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    Better to remove the hose and cap the valve with a 3/4" BSP cap and washer, just in case the valve fails.
     
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    Thanks will nip down to B&Q and pick one up.

    This may sound like a silly questions but lets say the valve was to fail then wouldn't this just cause a build up of water onto the cap maybe resulting in the pipes bursting?
     
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    It's not a silly question especially if it worries you
    The pressure is no different at any tap/connection in your home and the blank nut will cope. However unlikely the w/machine valve could be caught or knocked into the open position and let water out . If you use a blank nut then it won't leak if knocked open
     
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    Q: What do you think that build up of water would do to the closed valve?

    A: Cause it to fail. Possibly. ;)
     
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