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I have a kenmore front loader washer, i left the door open this morning after doing laundry, when I got home tonight my floor was soaked with water and the washer was full and flowing onto the floor.

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This is a simple repair that the average Do-It-Yourselfer can accomplish with ease. No special tools are required either. The problem is commonly caused by either a pressure switch malfunction, or a bad water inlet valve. The way you can tell is to leave the water turned on and unplug the washer. If the water continues to flow, the problem is the water inlet valve. If the water stops, the pressure switch.

To access either component, you need to remove the top panel of the washer. Locate the three screws that hold the top panel in place and remove. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, then lift off. The water inlet valve will be loacted in the left rear of the washer (as viewed from the front). The pressure switch will be in the rear on the right.

To replace the water inlet valve, follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the washer.

2. Turn off the water source and disconnect the fill hoses from the back of the washer.

3. With the top panel removed, disconnect the dispenser hose(s) and electrical connections to the valve.

4. Remove any mounting screws holding the valve in place and reinstall with a replacement valve.

The pressure switch is even easier. One connector plug and an air hose is the only thing attached to the switch. The switch is usually snapped in place along the interior cabinet wall with no screws holding it in place.

Replacement parts can be purchased on line at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

All these sites offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop all of them for the best deal. The first three sites on the list also include helpful exploded view diagrams of your washer to help with locating parts and assembly.

I hope I've given you enough ideas to work with in narrowing down the cause of your symptoms. This is generally a very simple repair, that isn't very expensive. If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: It is a good idea to always leave the door open when not in use in order to allow the drum to air out. Leaving the door shut can cause mold and mildew to form and a stagnant odor.

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When wash cycle completes the water solenoid valve cuts off water supply. in case there is leak in this valve then some amount of water keeps coming. if the door is open it will come out to the floor. pl check or replace solenoid valve

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