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Just recently, when the water valve that fills the washer closes, there is a loud bang. Otherwise, the washer works just fine. Is this a concern?

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This is called water hammer. It is from AIR in the pipes - and the valve on the washer slamming shut.

There are devices that install into your pipes called hammer arrestors.

Check with a plumber to have them installed properly.


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