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Water drip into washer, used to gush in. Now water pipes bang, whine

Maytag washer about 1990 top loader, written on  control panel left side :  Extra Large Capacity, Self Clean Filter, Heavy Duty, 2 Speed.

It does not matter what water temperature setting button is push in.  Hot - Warm; Hot - Cold;  Warm - Cold; Cold - Cold.  The water drips into the basket, and the water pipes (we have copper) bang, whine, howel as the water goes in. 

Sometimes the water gushes in like it used to when the washer was new. 

I installed an inline air hammer between the wall faucet and the hose, which lessen the banging of the water pipes. 

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Re: Water drip into washer, used to gush in. Now water...

The problem is the 10 cent rubber washer in a shut off valve in your plumbing. The brass screw that holds this washer has corroded and the washer has come loose. It now floats around inside the valve and the water flow can be blocked at one time, whistle, howel and make bangs at another. It could be any valve including the main shut off. You can listen to the pipes but the sound travels, so you are looking for the loudest spot. A new washer and screw could fix it, but sometimes the screw is broken off requiring a new valve stem. Be prepared to replace the whole valve.

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