Tip & How-To about Washing Machines
This explains how to diagnose a problem where the wash tub fills when the washer is not in use.
The problem is commonly caused by either a pressure switch malfunction, or a bad water inlet valve. The way you can tell is to leave the water turned on and unplug the washer. If the water continues to flow, the problem is the water inlet valve. If the water stops, the pressure switch.
To access either component, you need to remove the top panel of the washer. Locate the three screws that hold the top panel in place in the rear of the washer and remove. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, then lift off. The water inlet valve will be located in the left rear of the washer (as viewed from the front). The pressure switch will be in the rear on the right.
To replace the water inlet valve, follow these steps:
1. UNPLUG the washer.
2. Turn off the water source and disconnect the fill hoses from the back of the washer.
3. With the top panel removed, disconnect the dispenser hose(s) and electrical connections to the valve.
4. Remove any mounting screws holding the valve in place and reinstall with a replacement valve.
The pressure switch is even easier. One connector plug and an air hose is the only thing attached to the switch. The switch is usually snapped in place along the interior cabinet wall with no screws holding it in place.
Replacement parts can be purchased on line at any of the following websites:
All these sites offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites on the list also include helpful exploded view diagrams of your washer to help with locating and properly identifying the parts you need.
This applies to Whirlpool manufactured front loaders. Kenmore Elite, Maytag Epic and Frigidaire models are some of the washers that Whirlppol manufactures. If in doubt, always include your model number when posting questions, so that I can determine how your appliance is configured. This is generally a very simple, and expensive repair. If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this information is found to be helpful.
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