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Re: My Whirlpool Duet Washer fills up 1/4 of the tub on...
Sounds like a defective fill valve leaking water in although the machine is off.
First turn off your water and remove the hoses. Clean the screens in the hoses and the fill valve.
If that does not correct the problem replace the fill valve.
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Thinking of 2 things either the transmission is out or the clutch is
burnt out and the drum basket and possibly the drive shaft broken as
well. Prices vary greatly by how many of these things are broken but
should run between 100-200 including labor.
I suspect you have a water inlet valve problem. When the valves fail, they tend to either leak by, or do not open at all. The symptom you are describing is typical of an inlet valve that is not closing properly. The leak may be minute, but over time, it fills the tub and over flows. To access the water inlet valve, you will need to remove the washer top panel. Remove the three screws in the back that hold the top in place and slide the panel straight back and lift off. The water inlet valve will be located on the left hand side in the rear between the fill hoses and the dispenser (as viewed from the front of the washer). If you wish to perform this repair yourself, you can find the part at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your complete model number and the part can be located on the next page under the "Dispenser Parts" section as item number one (part #8181694). The replacement process is very simple. Just turn off the water source, remove the fill hoses, the dispenser hose and the mounting screws. If you need further assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
Open the door and let it air dry between washes doesnt have to be wide open but not latched either also run a hot wash with no clothes and 1.5 cups of bleach (pour bleach in the tub after it fills not in the bleach disp)