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Changing or Upgrading your Old Washing Machine

If you are thinking of changing or upgrading your old washing machine, there is a one thing that you need to consider. The plumbing that takes the water away may have been okay for your old washer, but it may not work well for a new washing machine. Many houses have been built with 1-1/4” or 1-1/2” drain standpipes for washing machines. While these pipes were entirely okay for the washing machines that they were to serve, they are no longer okay for many of the new washing machines of today.

The new front load and many of the new top load washers are now using a separate pump for removing the water from the washing machine. This is great for getting the water out faster, but the water goes out so fast that the piping is no big enough to handle the volume of water that is being pumped.

For many of the new washers you need to have a 2" standpipe and trap... the older 1-1/2" standpipes and traps will not handle the higher volume of the new pumps. Because of this, you will have to also upgrade your plumbing to make sure that your new washer will not flood you out when it discharges the water from the machine.

The plumbing is often easily accessible, but in some cases it is not that easy. When possible change the plumbing from the main trunk line to the washer with a new 2” trap and pipe. If a total change is not possible, then get the pipe as big as possible as close as possible to the trunk line. This will give you at least less resistance to water flow and give a reserve space for the water to go to. The most important part is the trap as this creates the most restriction to the flow of the water. Also getting the pipe as high as possible where it dumps in at, will help, but check on the maximum height limitations of your washing machine. If you get the pipe too high the washer will not be able to pump the water high enough to get it over the top and into the pipe, creating yet another problem for you.

By checking all this out before you purchase that new washing machine, you can save yourself a lot of headaches later.

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can i plumb hotpoint wma 50 with just cold water supply, if so what do i need to do with hot fill point


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
In a word- YES!
You will need to purchase, from a hardware (?) store, a 'Y' adapter. Upside down the single end screws into the cold water supply and the hot and cold washer pipes screw into the double end. The washer is fooled into thinking it has hot and cold! When it expects hot, it opens its hot valve but instead gets the cold water and has to heat it up. It will therefore take longer for the machine to do the washing. When it wants cold for rinses, it opens its cold valve and gets the same water! Simple ;-0)
If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck,
John C

May 15, 2011 | Hotpoint WMA50 Front Load Washer

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If you are thinking of changing or upgrading your old washing machine, there is a one thing that you need to consider. The plumbing that takes the water away may have been okay for your old washer, but it may not work well for a new washing machine. Many houses have been built with 1-1/4? or 1-1/2? drain standpipes for washing machines. While these pipes were entirely okay for the washing machines that they were to serve, they are no longer okay for many of the new washing machines of today. The new front load and many of the new top load washers are now using a separate pump for removing the water from the washing machine. This is great for getting the water out faster, but the water goes out so fast that the piping is no big enough to handle the volume of water that is being pumped. For many of the new washers you need to have a 2" standpipe and trap... the older 1-1/2" standpipes and traps will not handle the higher volume of the new pumps. Because of this, you will have to also upgrade your plumbing to make sure that your new washer will not flood you out when it discharges the water from the machine. The plumbing is often easily accessible, but in some cases it is not that easy. When possible change the plumbing from the main trunk line to the washer with a new 2? trap and pipe. If a total change is not possible, then get the pipe as big as possible as close as possible to the trunk line. This will give you at least less resistance to water flow and give a reserve space for the water to go to. The most important part is the trap as this creates the most restriction to the flow of the water. Also getting the pipe as high as possible where it dumps in at, will help, but check on the maximum height limitations of your washing machine. If you get the pipe too high the washer will not be able to pump the water high enough to get it over the top and into the pipe, creating yet another problem for you. By checking all this out before you purchase that new washing machine, you can save yourself a lot of headaches later. http://www.fixya.com/support/r4312694-washing_machine_maintenance http://www.fixya.com/support/r3880845-washing_machine_problems_no_water http://www.fixya.com/support/r3907570-buy_appliance_parts_online http://www.fixya.com/support/r3880533-washing_machine_fix_washing_machine_no http://www.fixya.com/support/r3867591-washer_troubleshooting_water_not http://www.fixya.com/support/r3864434-washing_machine_door_jammed http://www.fixya.com/support/r3663122-washer_problems_washer_noise_when http://www.fixya.com/support/r4356970-clean_washer http://www.fixya.com/support/r4696322-water_will_not_stay_in_washing_machine

May 05, 2010 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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I have a hotpoint top load washer, seeming to a 1992 model.


Hi,
You are right...if there is more then a cup or so of oil from the transmission you are looking at a failure in the near future...in a washing machine that old I would not spend the money for the repair...
If I were you I would start shopping for a new one...

Here is a tip that will clue you in to one of the things that you may have to change when you get that new washing machine..

Changing or Upgrading your Old Washing Machine
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4696582-changing_or_upgrading_old_washing_machin

heatman101

May 10, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Bosch maxx classic washing machine doesn't clean clothes


There are a lot of things to consider when trying to solve this problem. Obviously a front loader washes differently than a top loader. Top loaders tend to using a washing motion that is good for stains but wear out your clothes fast. Front loaders typically use less water and wash more gently, but in some ways still do better than top loaders. Anyway, think about any other variables that go into the laundry equation. Consider the distance the machine is from your water heater. This machine will use MUCH less water to fill than your old one, and, you know how when you turn a faucet on hot it takes a minute for the hot water to actually get there? It's the same way with your machine. If there's a sink next your washer, you should always turn on the hot water on the faucet until it gets hot right before you start the machine. The same goes for dishwashers. If there's not a sink close you can easily turn up the temperature for all hot water on your water heater, although that will use more energy.
Consider what detergent you're using. If you're using high efficiency detergent (like Tide he) maybe you should switch to your old brand. If you're using your old brand of detergent, try getting a high efficiency detergent.

Sep 20, 2009 | Bosch Classixx WFL 2066 Front Load Washer

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