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Water Building up Inside Front Load Washer when not in use

I have a Kenmore Elite HE3 model no. 45862004. It is about 31/2 yrs old
I' ve notice that water slowing builds up inside the drum over several days when not in use. I tend to throw in a few dirty clothes or thowels during the week like a laundry basket until I am ready to do the wash.
Now when I go to sort the laundy in the wash, it has become soaking wet.
The clothes are wicking up the water that has accumulated in the bottom of the drum.
Water is not dripping from the top or the dispenser area because I have
been checking daily and every thing else is dry inside the tub area.
But over time I can hear water sloshing when I spin the tub.
Note: When my wash is done the water seems to have drained completely.
Any ideas?

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Okay, it is normal to hear water sloshing around inside the wash tub when the washer is not in use. A small amount of residual water remains in the wash tub under the wash basket (stainless steel tub), and resides in the drain line and drain pump. That's why it is important to keep the door slightly open when not in use to allow the drum to air out. The water will not evaporate, but it will help reduce the build up of odors, mold and mildew.

Now...if your washer is slowly accumulating water in the wash basket area over time, your water inlet valve is probably starting to fail. The leak can be very subtle and you may not notice it. The water only comes from one source - the fill valve via the dispenser. If you wish to replace it, the part is available at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and the part you need can be found under the "Dispenser" heading as item number 1. The replacement is very simple if you follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the washer and turn off water supply.
2. Remove both fill hoses.
3. Remove the top panel of the washer by removing the screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the washer.
4. Slide the top panel back, then it lifts off.
5. The water inlet valve is located in the left rear of the washer as facing from the front.
6. Remove the rubber hose leading from the valve and the electrical connections.
7. Remove the mounting screws holding the inlet valve in place.
8. Re-install new valve using these steps inthe reverse order given.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you have further questions, please post back and let me know.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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