My dishwasher water inlet valve appears to be failing because I have a slow drip into the tub from the left side where the hot water comes in. It happens all the time, even if the breaker for the washer is turned off. I'm just going to replace the whole water inlet valve assembly.
(If there is an easier way to do it I'm all ears - my understanding is there isn't much I can do to service this thing, I think I just replace it).
My existing inlet valve assembly has the standard brass elbow threaded into it with teflon tape, and the supply line connected to it is flexible copper tubing that goes over 2 or 3 feet to under the sink and connects to a shut off valve. The tubing looks to be connected with a compression fitting to the shutoff valve. On the other side of the shut off valve is copper, just the bigger diameter.
I'm wondering when I do this what I have to do in terms of reconnecting everything.
Here is what I see under the dishwasher right now:
It looks like the copper connects to that brass elbow with a compression ferrule and a nut (I think).
The elbow is pretty gunked up, so I'll just buy a new one.
When I take the existing copper line off that existing elbow, what do I need to connect the flexible copper to a new compression fitting?
Can you reuse the copper where it was 'compressed' or do you have to cut it off back a bit? Any other preparation?
The distance from my dishwasher to the shut off valve is very short, the dishwasher is adjacent to the sink. Should I remove all of the copper flex line, and connect a braided stainless steel flex line from the existing shut off valve to the new elbow I put on the dishwasher. Is that better/easier?
Will the flex line connect to the existing shut off valve if I take the compression nut off over on that end?
This is probably really easy, but I want to make sure I do it leak free. I'm just not sure how to reuse the copper flex tubing and if I should.