My old Maytag washer and old dishwasher have been sitting for about 1-1/2 years unused. Is dry rot a problem on any of the rubber parts? The hoses on the washer were replaced 1-1/2 years ago but had been used a bit. Anything else to be concerned about when putting them back in service?
Had this happen with an uninstalled used toilet that sat a long time.
Another old toilet has been put back on, after sitting about a year uninstalled with tank attached. He replaced the flap.
Last edited by MB1; 04-06-2013 at 08:41 AM.
They were previously in operation for years but have been sitting in the house, HVAC on. Both are connected, just not used for almost 1-1/2 years. Worried about any rubber parts dry rotting like a toilet had done.
This toilet had been disconnected. The flapper was replaced at reinstall. He didn't say anything about the gasket or other parts.
Last edited by MB1; 04-06-2013 at 10:09 AM.
You can run a test wash but everything should be fine the differences in the toilet is that the tanks parts are meant to constantly have water in them no like the dishwasher. But everything wares out eventually but you should be fine
Thank you. It was a horrifying thought about their parts this morning, after remembering it had happened to the toilet.
Are you a plumber?
Last edited by Cameron Fields; 04-06-2013 at 01:14 PM.
The smart thing for a washing machine is to turn the water off when not in use. A burst supply hose can do major damage. Not all hoses are created equal, some are better than others. Unless exposed to UV and the weather, the hoses should not have degraded much. If they are still soft and not hardened, and can flex without cracking, they should be okay. Safest is to run a load while nearby the first time. Internally, those hoses are designed for the life of the unit, but anything can happen.
Important note - I'm not a pro
Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014
Thanks. I was worried more about the internal parts. The water has been off.
The most likely problem is the shaft seal, which likes to have water around it all the time. If it is bad, the washer/dishwasher will leak when it fills with water.
Licensed residential and commercial plumber
The door seal on a dishwasher might be suspect, if the dishwasher is unused long enough.