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Cold Water Solenoid Problem

The cold water solenoid valve does not shut off when the machine starts to agitiate and the tub overflows onto the floor of the laundry room. I do not thins it is the level sensor because if you wash in hot water the tub does not overflow until you get to the cold water rinse cycle. What confuses me is that the solenoid will open and shut during the spin/rinse cyle. What is the most likely cause for this? Oh somethiong I also for got to metion is the the solenoid will remain open even when you pull the push/pull switch out. How does the solenoid continue to get power when this switch is open?

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Re: Cold Water Solenoid Problem

The fill switch has a diaphragm that could be damaged and not closing properly. I have personally experienced this problem before. The way water could be getting by the switch (even with no power applied) is simply water pressure in the lines. I don't understand why it would work during the spin and rinse cycles, however. If you say it's not a pressure switch problem (level sensor), then I would invest in a new fill valve. I hope this helps.

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My wash machine does not let water in

A solenoid valve is used to allow water to enter the machine at different times of the cycle. The home's shut off valves above the hoses must be on.

The water may not flow if the hose is clogged, the filter at the input to the washer is clogged, the solenoid has failed, electronic control for the solenoid has failed, or a door switch - or other sensor - has failed.

Shut the water valve off and remove the hoses from the washer - note which is hot and cold. Direct the hoses into the wash tub of the washer. Open the shut off valve briefly. Water should come out of both of the hoses at about the same rate. If not disconnect hose from the valve for cleaning or replacement. Then check the hose connection on the washer - remove and clean or replace any filter found. Once cleared or replaced - reconnect hot to hot and cold to cold and try filling again. If still not working, you'll need to check for operating voltage at the solenoid when it should be open. If voltage present and not letting water in - replace the solenoid. If voltage not present - it could be a sensor, control, etc.

These appliances operate at deadly voltages. Please, do not attempt if you're not sure how to perform the work, use the tools and meters or know what you're doing. Good luck!

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Water continuously seeps into the detergent dispenser, then into the tub. OVer night, the tub is half full, wife opens the door, and water spills all over the floor?

It sounds like you have a leaking solenoid valve, located where the hoses connect to the machine. Find out which one it is by shutting of the water to one side (either the hot or cold) and wait. If the washer fills, the hose that is open is the culprit. Chances are that the leaking solenoid is the one that you use most often (say, if you always wash with cold water). Here's what you need to do after that:
1. Drain down the tub. Easiest way: run a short cycle.
2. Make sure that both water valves (at the wall) are closed. Unplug the washer.
3. Disconnect the hoses from the machine (Caution:Water!). Catch the water in a bucket or pot.
4. Gain access to the solenoid valve that you determined to be leaking by. This is usually done by removing the back panel.
5. Make a sketch of the solenoid, showing which wire goes where, what color it is, etc. This helps in the re-assembly.
6. Remove the solenoid. Take it, along with your make and model number to your local appliance parts supply store.
7. Install your new solenoid.
Best regards, --W/D--

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I have a Kenmore front loader and water keeps on leaking into the tub even though the machine is off.

This is likely due to a foreign object caught in the solenoid valve mechanism - which is usually located at - or very near - the point that the supply water hose attaches. It could also be a faulty seal inside the solenoid valve as well. Either way, changing the solenoid valve will usually solve the problem. Many solenoid valves assemblies control both hot and cold water supply lines, but if yours has separate solenoids - you should determine if it is hot or cold water that is leaking past the seal - and get the appropriate replacement part. Once changed out, the leak should stop.

The washer's water supply should be shut off before the supply hoses whenever not in use. This is especially important if using the cheap rubber hoses instead of the metal mesh type. The hose will eventually fail, and when it does, the water will continue to flow onto the floor until it is shut off by a person.

I hope this helps!

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Cold water cycle has warm water no cold water allowed. sounds like some kind of valve is not stopping the hot water from coming in

Make sure that the inlet hoses are connected to the correct inlet solenoid valve (located just inside the cabinet). If the hot water solenoid was passing water when not wanted, the washer would eventually overflow on to the floor. There may be a problem with the solenoid control circuits which may require professional help to diagnose.

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Washer overflowing and running out bottom..all over my floor. It is not flooding out of drain.overflowing the it doesn't know what level of water it is at. Any suggestions?

yes; the water control switch is under the control panel it has a clear hose attached to it. the hose goes to a nipple on the tub. the weight of the water pressing down on the air in this hose turns off the water level switch. the hose has probably come loose from the tub or, the switch. also the switch could be bad. you can check the switch by blowing into the tub end and, listening for a soft click or. use a multimeter.

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Hi there my hotpoint washing machinewma 54 fills up without the machine being on

Hello. your fill valve is faulty and needs to be replaced.

here is how the fill valve is supposed to work:
The fill valve--which is about the size of a coffee cup--is sometimes also called a "water inlet valve." It controls the entry of hot and cold water into the machine. The valve has three major components:

  • A hot-water solenoid

  • A cold-water solenoid

  • A mixing valve body

The inlet valve has three hoses connected to it, for :

  • The hot water from the house

  • The cold water from the house

  • The water directed into the washing machine's inner tub (either hot or cold, or both) to fill it with water

When electricity flows to one or both solenoids, water flows through the valve into the washing machine's inner tub. When the electricity stops, the water also stops.

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Cold water does not shut off when washer starts

You have a leaking solenoid. It is failing to shut off. You'll need to shut off the water, unplug the washer, and disconnect both hoses (make sure that you mark the cold side at the washer, if it doesn't already have a mark). The blur plastic item that you hose screws on to at the washer is the solenoid valve. All it is is an electrically controlled valve that is either open or closed. Rewmove the back of the washer to gain aces to the solenoid valve. Take this part with you to any appliance parts supply house, and they can provide an exact replacement. Reassembly is the reverse of removal.
This isn't a difficult job. You can do it!
Best regards, --W/D-- please feel free to rate this solution - thanx!

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Hotpoint BWD129 - Wash temperature too high

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Water temperature switch

The water temperature switch directs power to the valve. If there is no power getting to the valve, check the switch according to the wiring diagram for your machine.
Faulty Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is the device that meters water from the supply lines into your wash tub. On domestic washers, there are two lines, one hot the other cold. These valves are susceptible to mineral build-up and sediment deposits. There are two common failure modes:

Failure Mode One: Valve will not open.
If you can verify that the solenoid on the valve body is receiving the requisite voltage and the valve will not open, then it is faulty. Since the solenoids operate independently, it is likely that one side of the valve will work and the other will not. This can produce strand results such as a very hot wash when warm is selected (due to no cold water). Or the reverse in that the wash water is cold when warm is selected. If mineral or hard water deposits are a problem, you may witness a substantial increase in the time required for the tub to fill. This is caused be a decrease in the flow ware of the valve.

Failure Mode Two: Valve opens but will not close.
This is verified by a valve that allows water to flow into the tub even though no power is being supplied to the solenoid. This one is usually quickly diagnosed when the machine begins to overflow and the power plug for the washer is disconnected from the wall. However, this will not stop the water from flowing into the machine. The water must be shut off at the wall. As with the previous failure mode, the variant of this failure mode is that it may take the valve a while to completely bridge the flow of water after the power has been removed from the solenoid.

How to Diagnose?
There are a couple of ways to diagnose a faulty valve. However, there is a simple test that one can perform that will usually let you know if the water inlet valve is faulty.

When set to cold wash and rinse, the unit will not fill. When set to warm wash and cold rinse the washer will fill with hot water only and will fail to rinse. This is a common scenario where the cold water side of the valve does not appear to be contributing to the fill, but the hot water side does. This symptom could be easily reversed where cold water is being supplied, but never hot water.

So, how can the problem be determined? It is as simple as switching the wire harness plugs on the hot and cold side. In the example above where the cold water is never being supplied, the symptoms would be the opposite when the wiring harnesses were switched. So the machine would produce only produce cold when warm or hot is selected. No water should be present when you select cold. This verifies that the timer, wiring and switches are all in working order. Assuming this tests checks out, you simply need to replace the water inlet valve.

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All washing machines have a solenoid valve for turning on and shutting off the water coming in, one for the hot water and one for cold. It sounds like one of them has a slow leak.

Try shutting off the cold water supply to the machine for a day and see if the tub fills with water. Next try shutting off the hot water supply and leaving the cold supply on. This will tell you which valve is leaking.

This solenoid valve is something you can buy from an appliance parts company. In some cases, someone handy may even be able to disassemble it and replace a washer that is leaking.

Until it is repaired, you can get by with shutting off the water supply when you are not using the machine or shutting off the supply that is leaking. For example, if it's the hot water supply valve that is leaking, just shut off the hot and do only cold water washing.


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Overflow - Cold water shutoff not working?

Sounds like the cold water valve is faulty. You can try to remove it and clean the inside if it's clogged or replace it completely.

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