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Kenmore Elite Fronloader Water Problem

Hi, My Kenmore Elite Smartwash he3 is having some drain/leak issues... I can't tell yet which is the actual problem. The washer is working fine, it's just that sometimes after it's done washing and we take the cleaned clothes out of the washer, there is a small puddle of water in the drum. I thought originally that there might be a clog in the filter or drain hose... not the case! When I opened the filter assembly, all the water from the drum drained out (of course). I did this before I went to work this morning. When I got home, there was another puddle and I noticed water dripping (very slowly) from the interior (where the water fills during the cycle). I ran a test cycle to make sure there wasn't a pump problem (there wasn't) and as soon as it was done, I turned off the water. It has been an hour since then and there's no sign of water. Where's the leak coming from? Can I access it? Is it something else? Thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer! Sincerely, StratDude

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  • Aaron Stratton Jun 03, 2007

    Thanks so much! Any advice on how to trace the inlet water hose? I'm assuming that should be approached from the back of the machine? Just want to make sure I'm going the right way.

    Thanks again!


  • Aaron Stratton Jun 04, 2007

    24 seven,

    Thanks so much! I'm on it!



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The water inlet solenoid valve has debris stuck inside of it, thereby not allowing complete "off" mode. best to remove it and clean the water path thoroughly. valve is found by tracing the inlet water hose.

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  • Anonymous Jun 03, 2007

    yes, it should lead into a garden hose type of connector into the valve. I have disassembled valves completely and cleaned them and re-assembled w/out problems.


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