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Kenmore Elite HE3 washer keeps filling with water

My Kenmore Elite HE3 front loader keeps filling with water when not in use. I can drain it just fine, but why does it keep filling with water? The washer was not used for the past two days, and today, I tried to open it to wash an item, but it was locked. I looked closer and saw that it was about 1/4 full of water (more water than it normally uses to wash).

I put it in the drain cycle, it drained just fine, and it operates just fine otherwise. Could this be a leak inside and how do I fix it if so?

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  • sportrider Nov 27, 2007

    where is the inlet valve located?

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    I have the exact problem. The difference is that it comes and goes. My washer did it about 4 months ago, stopped, and now it has started again. Is it something I can do myself?

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2007

    Kenmore Elite front loader. Cold water slowly fills the drum when not in use. I turn the cold water valve off at the supply in between uses until I can get the replacement valve.

  • mruck Sep 05, 2008

    We had the same problem. The washer would fill - not all the time, but even after we replaced the input valve in the washer, it has recurred (with a full load of water all over the floor!). I'm now turning off the hot and cold input valves after each load, but I'm very frustrated at having to do this. Any suggestions?



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The inlet valve will need to be replaced. Its a fairly simple procedure and a pretty inexpensive part.

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My washer fills but drains at the same time what can i do to fix it

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