Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
The cold water fills fine, the hot water comes in at a trickle
This problem is commonly caused by build up of rust or sediment in your water inlet valve (also known as a "fill valve" or "mixing valve"). Especially, if you live in an area that has hard water, or if you use well water. In some cases, the solenoid that controls either the hot or cold water can also go bad. The valve is located where the fill hoses attach to the washer. The following link explains how to access and repair:
You can attempt to clean the fill valve sediment screens if you like by removing the valve from the washer and soaking it in a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is great for dissolving scale and deposits. Just make sure you do not submerge the solenoids or terminals. Soak for about 30 minutes, then flush with clean water. In addition, clean the terminals to make sure they are not corroded. Sometimes this is all it takes to get the valve working again.
If cleaning does not work, you may have to purchase a new one. Replacements can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, appliancepartspros.com, repairclinic.com or pcappliancerepair.com. I have used these sites over the years and have had great service with all of them. All offer competitive pricing so shop around for the best price.
I do not know what your model number is, but generally the Kenmore and Whirlpool top loaders are all very similar in build and utilize many of the same parts between models. If you search by model number, the valve should be listed under the "Rear Panel" heading.
If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.
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