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Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer fills up with water

It is kind of funny, but yesterday I had the same problem as a previous writter. ...My 4ET is filled about a 1/4 with water. I can push drain and spin and that cycle works, but it then refills to 1/4 ish full. (the first time this happened, it was completely full and yes, spilled all over when I opened the door.) i have tried the drain and spin and even bailed it out several times but it keeps re-filling itself. please help!.

I unplugged it for over 2 hours, plugged it in and drained the water. After 10 minutes, it started to fill up with water. The machine is less than 3 years old.

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  • missmodern Jul 19, 2008

    This has been happening to our washer as well. There is also a bad smell.

  • mamacita67 Jul 27, 2008




    water trickles into my washer. If I don't check it, it could overflow. However it doesn't always happen, it will do it for a few days and then magically stop and month later it will happen again.


  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    yes, I just had the same problem. The washer was off and suddenly we noticed water in tub that overflowed all over our garage floor. No leaks in any of the hoses.

  • tomblaisdell Aug 08, 2008

    Same washer, same problem. Any known fixes?

  • Cookcie Sep 20, 2008

    Same problem....filling with water between loads. I can hear the water "running" and I have to get my clothes out as soon as the load stops or they get full of water before I have time to get them to the dryer. Did anyone find a fix for this?

  • reiterbk Sep 27, 2008

    Same problem. I'll go to do some laundry and there will already be water in the washer. I'm also noticing blue liquid leaking down the rubber ring of the washer when there shouldn't be any liquid in there. HELP!

  • Anonymous Oct 04, 2008

    Same problem as others .. has been occurring randomly since June 2008... any solutions?

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    Same problem here. In between loads the washer "sometimes" patially fills with water.

  • johnnieb Oct 21, 2008

    Mine is an Elite HE3t 42922 but is doing the same thing at about 4 yrs. old. Don't expect any help from SEARS. Stay clear of CRAFTSMAN LT1000 riding mowers too as transmissions fail and SEARS does not stand by the junk they sell any more!

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    My Kenmore Elite 3t keeps filling with water when the load finishes.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    We have the same problem, in between washing days the washing machine fills up with water, however, it is random. Some days it happens, some times it doesn't, although it is getting more frequent.To date we have been lucky and it has not overflown, but we are worried that it may. No solutions yet???

  • gwill458 Mar 26, 2009

    Same issue here - the wife opened the door to put a load in today and ended up getting a soaking.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2009

    I have the same problem.

  • augustaaikma May 25, 2009


    We have the same problem, in between washing days the washing machine fills up with water, however, it is random. Some days it happens, some times it doesn't, although it is getting more frequent.

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite front load washer filling up while turned off

sounds like a bad water inlet valve stuck open and permitting watertto enter even though not on, untill you replace the valve turn off water between uses part number 8181694

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