Question about Washing Machines
Occasionally, when I begin to load the washer with clothes, there is already about an inch of water in the tub.
The tub was empty - no water - at the completion of the wash just before these incidents.
I do not hear water running. I do not know where this water comes from.
Would appreciate your help.
The problem is usually attrbuted to leak-by on your Water Inlet Valve (also known as a "Mixing Valve" on some models). The valve can become clogged or corroded with rust and sediment over time and not seal completely when shut off. This is especially true if you live in areas where you have hard water, or use well water. If the diaphragm inside the valve does not seat correctly, this will cause leak by. It may be very minute, but will become noticeable over a period of time. The washer does not have to be turned on for this to occur. You can try to remove the valve and clean it thoroughly to see if this will help, but if you are going to to go the route of removing the valve, it would make better sense to simply replace it instead of having to possibly go through the process twice. A replacement valve can be found at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and look under the "Washer Cabinet" heading for item number 5 (part #285805). This is a fairly simple repair that is also inexpensive. To replace:
1. UNPLUG the appliance and shut off the water at the water taps.
2. Disconnect the fill hoses from the back of the washer.
3. Remove the panel directly above the washer top.
4. Remove the washer top panel.
5. The fill valve will be located in the left rear (as viewed from the front) behind the wash tub.
6. Remove the dispenser hose and electrical connectors from the water inlet valve.
7. Remove the mounting screws that hold the valve to the rear panel.
8. Reinstall new valve using the above steps in reverse order.
The repair is pretty straight forward. If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
PS In the interim, to keep the tub from filling up with water, shut of the taps when not in use. This may buy you some time until you are able to replace the valve.
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
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