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Water in Washer

Just opened the door and noticed water sitting in the bottom. What is the cause? Where do I go from here?

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  • mom_not_maid Apr 03, 2008

    My washer has developed a constant trickle of water into the basin. It will fill and spill out if I don't put it on the drain/spin cycle regularly. Huge waste of water, not to mention very annoying. Solution would be much appreciated.


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The problem can be attributed to a few things. A bad inlet valve (or fill valve), water pressure being too low, or something obstructing the diaphragms in the inlet valve from closing all the way.

If your water pressure at the wall is a minimum of 10-25 psi, you shouldn't have a problem (you can purchase a screw on water pressure guage to determine you pressure). You can attempt to remove the inlet valve and clean it thoroughly, or you can simply replace it. If you're going to go the route of removing it, it may be wise to go ahead and install a new one, so you don't have to go through this process twice.

The part can be found at Just type in your model number and you can find the inlet valve under the "Dispenser" heading as item 1. The part number is 8181694 and sells for $44.49.

If you need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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