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Washer Tub Fills With Water When Washer is Not On

My Kenmore has been working fine for over 1 year. Now, when the washer is idle and not in use, the tub fills with water and gone unnoticed overnight, flooded the laundry room and adjacent hallway. When we checked inside the washer, it was still half full of water. It drains normally and washes normally. Any ideas? Thanks

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Re: Washer Tub Fills With Water When Washer is Not On

Dtfpaf, you need to replace the water inlet valve. Easy job, post the model number and we'll get you a part number...Catriver post back.

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