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Hello I had to move and took the washer and dryer with me. After hooking up at the new place i have noticed that washer fills with water when idle. This is regarding Kenmore Elite HE 3t washing machine. Peter

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Hello,


Welcome to FixYa.

Based on your description you likely have a faulty inlet/water valve.

Here`s an easy way to confirm or dismiss whether it is the vavle or not.

1) First drain the standing water which presently exists, if any.

2) Unplug the washer from the wall/power outlet and allow a period of time to pass, 12 hrs or so. If the unit has standing water in it afterwards you need a valve.

If it doesn`t have water in it afterwards then the valve is being energized when it is plugged in even when it should not...that indicates a faulty control unfortunately, but not very likely,

It should be available at most brick and mortar appliance part locations or if you prefer on-line shopping try "searspartsdirect.com" "repairclinic.com" or "appliancepartspros.com" to name a few.

To swap out the valve simply follow these steps...

**Unplug the unit from the wall before attempting any repairs suggested here...safety first**

1) turn off the water and unfasten the hot & cold fill hoses going to the washer.

2) remove the three screws along the back of the top panel and then slide the top panel back slightly and pull up. The panel should lift away.

3) in the left rear corner ( when observing from the front of the washer ) you should see the valve, like below...

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4) remove the wires, carefully the harness has little release tabs which must be bent back slightly to pull the wire & harness off.

5) remove the hose to the dispenser assembly, a pair of pliers or visegrips works well here.

6) remove the screw on the outside back wall of the washer and pull the valve out, voila !

Reverse order to put the new one in and good job. You potentially saved yourself $200 or more for parts and labour.

Hope this answers your question but more importantly solves your problem.

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The problem is the fill valve. Normally, when the machine is not on, it should not allow any water into the machine. It is an easy fix, take the back off the machine, and the value is the part where the hoses connect to the washer. It should be readily available in any appliance supply house or online.

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