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Hot/Cold water knob will not work on washing machine

I have a Kenmore 90 Series washer Model number 20922991. The knobs for all the different water temps. work such as Warm/Cold, Cold/Cold, etc. When I turn the knob to Hot/Cold no water comes out. Please advise. Thank you.

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Re: Hot/Cold water knob will not work on washing machine

Does the water flow when you have it on warm or cold settings?  If on warm setting and water flow is cold, its probably the mixing valve.  This part isnt that expensive, and not that hard to replace.  Remove the two front console caps, remove the two console hold down screws then flip the console out and then over the top.  You will see two gold cabinet hold down clamps, pop them out, the lift the whole cabinet off the unit.   You will see the mixing valve right where the inlet hoses connect to the machine.  Let me know if you need further help.

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