Servicing Water Inlet Valves
the washer won't fill or fills very slowly, if it overfills, or if the
water is the wrong temperature, the water inlet valves could be faulty.
These components are easy to locate and very easy to replace, at little
cost. When you suspect an inlet valve is faulty, first check to make
sure the water faucets are fully turned on and properly connected to
the hot and cold inlets of the valves. Then check the screens in the
valves; if they're clogged, clean or replace them. If water doesn't
enter the tub, set the temperature control to the HOT setting. If there
is no water, set the control to the WARM setting. If all that comes out
is cold water, the hot-water inlet valve is faulty. Reverse the
procedure to test the cold-water valve, setting the control first on
COLD and then on WARM. If the tub overfills, unplug the washer. If
water still flows into the tub, the valve is stuck open. In any of
these cases, the valves should probably be replaced. To check the valve
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.If an inlet valve is faulty, check the water connection and the
valve screens. Try gently tapping the solenoids;
if this doesn't work, replace the inlet valve assembly.Step 1:
Remove the back service panel and disconnect the hot-water and cold-water hoses to the valves.Step 2:
Remove the hoses connected to the valves inside the cabinet. Also
disconnect the wires from the terminals. Back out the screws holding
the valves to the machine. The inlet valves have solenoids (a coil of
wire that carries a current) inside the housing. These can be tested,
but chances are the valves are simply worn out.Step 3:
Tap the solenoids with a screwdriver
handle. If this doesn't work, replace the entire inlet valve assembly.
Repairs usually cost more than a new part. Make sure the replacement
valve assembly is exactly the same type as the old one. Install it in
reverse order of the way you disconnected the old one.Troubleshooting Water Leaks
leaks in a washer are often difficult to trace. There are many
possibilities to look for. The problem could be a loose connection, a
broken hose, a cracked component, or a defective seal. It could also be
a hole in the tub. If a hole in the tub is the problem, it's usually
best to replace the washer.
Most leaks can be eliminated by tightening water connections and replacing deteriorated components. To stop a leak:
Step 1: Check the lid seal. If faulty, replace with a new gasket.
Step 2: Check the hoses at faucet connections. Tighten connections or replace hoses.Step 3: Check the hoses at water valve connections. Tighten connections or replace hoses.Step 4: Check the drain hoses. Tighten connections or replace hoses.Step 5: Check the inlet nozzles. Tighten connections or replace nozzles.Step 6: Check the splash guard. Tighten connections or replace.Step 7: Check any plastic valve. Tighten connections or replace.Step 8: Check the outlet hose to drain. Tighten connections or replace hose.Step 9: Check the water pump, using the procedures that follow.