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Water Leak inside drum

A couple of hours after the wash, water starts building up inside the drum of our HE3t and increases with time. However, I tested with tissue paper and everywhere inside the drum is dry and I cannot find any apparent source of leakage. Can you help?

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  • Dun Cow Jun 18, 2008

    Thanks for the detail explanation. The model number is 110.42932.200. I much appreciate your help.

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That's because the water fills from around the door bellow via the dispenser. Any small water leakage will probably go unoticed because it drains into the seam in the rubber boot into the wash tub UNDER the wash basket. As it accumulates, it will eventually fill to a point where it is visible in the wash basket. It sounds like you have a water inlet valve that is failing. That's the only way water gets into the washer. It passes from the the water taps, through the inlet valve, through the flowmeter and into the dispenser. If the inlet valve is leaking, you probably have a diaphragm in the valve not closing properly, or a bad solenoid. I would recomend replacing it. To access, you will need to remove the top panel of the washer by removing the three screws in the back of the washer that hold the top panel in place. With the screws removed, the panel slides back, then off. The water inlet valve is located on the left-hand side in the rear of the washer (facing from the front) where the fill hoses connect. You will need to shut off the water supply, disconnect main power, remove the electrical connections to the solenoids, remove the any hoses and finally the mounting screw to remove. If you post back with your complete model number (located aorund the door opening), I can provide you with a part number. If you have further questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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    Jeff Rockwell Jun 18, 2008

    Your part can be found at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number (excluding the I at the end of the number) and you can find it under the "Dispenser" heading on the next page as item number 1 (part #8181694). There are several other appliance parts websites available if you choose to shop around. I chose this website, because they offer helpful parts drawings to assist in troubleshooting. If you decide not to purchase your part on line, use the part number I provided and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. Let me know if you require further assistance. I hope this corrects your problem.

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