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Filling up with water

Our washer keeps filling up with water when not running. Usually it starts after doing a heavy load like jeans. For abour 3 or 4 days each morning it has water in the tub about 2 inches. Then it quits if you don't check it daily and drain it it will fill up. lately it keeps filling and needs drained daily.

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Re: Filling up with water

Jimbo, you are going to need a new inlet valve. This is very easy to change out. Remove the 3 torx screws in the back for the top. Slide it off toward the back. The valve will be on the inside top left. Two quick connect harnesses, a couple of hose clamps and your done. I don't have the part number on hand but you can find it on the tech sheet located behind the bottom panel. Three screws to take that off. Or you can go to, enter your model number and hunt it down from there. Once you change the valve, your leaking problem will be over. Catriver.

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Re: Filling up with water

Replace water inlet valve that your problem ive run into this quite a bit doing warranty work

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