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How to remove hot water inlet valve

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to remove the hot water single water inlet valve that is in my Hotpoint WMA20...I have taken the unit top off, and can see the valve, but cannot see how it is connected to the unit itself...there are no screws visible. I need to replace it with a new valve, but cannot see how to take the old one out....anyone help please?
Thank you...Trevor

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  • tmilner27 Mar 12, 2009

    Thank you for your reply Mastatech, I appreciate your swift response. I don't have the new valve yet, as it is being delivered tomorrow. So you're saying that there should be a screw, or screws, somewhere on the outside of the base unit, that should be holding the valve to the base unit ?...Thanks, Trevor

  • tmilner27 Mar 16, 2009

    Hi mastatech, I have received the inlet valve this morning, and
    luckily, it is the correct one...however, because I bought it online
    from a spares department, there are no fitting instructions and looking
    at the valve, I can't see any fittings or anything...except a couple of
    lips either side of the fill entrance...(see link)

    Thanks for your cooperation, Trevor



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In ost cases there is a scerw on the outide of the machine which holds the bracket that holds the valve. Go ahead and get the valve and look over the new one, it will tell you volumes about how to install it. Like where that screw would be, Good Luck!

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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    mark milligan Mar 12, 2009

    Yes let me know when you get the valve I talk you thru it!

    Your welcome!



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