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Kenmore h3 Elite Hot/Cold Water problems

You answered a question I posed the other day about my H3 Elite washer where I'm having a problem where the hot water valve sometimes sticks open. I found that when I select Cold/Cold, the machine initially starts out with cold water for a few seconds but always shifts to hot. Then sometimes, the hot valve won't close and I get an overflow error code (F9). When the washer goes into a rinse mode, it seems to use the cold water inlet just fine.

I checked and found that the model number is 110.44832202. I also have read on a consumer affairs page that other people have reported the same problem. I don't mind replacing parts myself, but I'm not sure which part I should focus on first. Any thoughts?

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I wouldn't imagine it being a computer problem, computers don't make mistakes like that. I would start with the inlet valve http://www.partselect.com/xq/aspx/Inventory.391478/qx/PartDetail.htm?SourceCode=7&ModelNum=110.44832202 and maybe the inlet valve wiring harness http://www.partselect.com/xq/aspx/Inventory.391563/qx/PartDetail.htm?SourceCode=7&ModelNum=110.44832202 for good measure. Both parts together will run you less than $100 and shouldn't be that difficult to replace. I'm am no Washing Machine expert, I just go by my common sense and Google. The computer http://www.partselect.com/xq/aspx/Inventory.971890/qx/PartDetail.htm?SourceCode=7&ModelNum=110.44832202 is $250+ and like I said I don't think the computer would cause the valve to open slowly and stay open, sounds like the vavle is sticking. Good Luck!

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