- Water Inlet Valve
CustomerScott from OH
Water was leaking from under the washing machine.
Flat head screwdriver, flat paint scraper, crescent wrench, slip joint or straight jaw plier, bucket and towels.
Repair & Advice
First make sure to unplug the washer's electric cord from the outlet. Then shut off the water valves leading to the back of your washer. Insert your flat paint scraper (flattened out horizontally) in the groove between the bottom of the washer control panel and the top of the washer on the right and left sides, centering the scraper approx 2-3" from each side of the washer. The control panel should pop up and then you can flip it backward over the back of the washer. Disconnect the two (i think) electrical connections. Then use your flathead screwdriver to push toward the back of the washer the brass/silver/or gold colored prongs on either side of the top of the washer, and remove the prongs. You should now be able to pull the entire top/front/side outer housing shell off of the washer, tipping it and pulling it toward you. with your fingers, feel around the various elements and joints of the washer for any moisture such as the pump in the bottom, the water inlet valve, etc. I found moisture on the water inlet valve just inside the washer on my hot water side. To confirm, I turned the water spigots back on and turned on the washing machine and sure enough water was dripping from the water inlet valve. I then shut off the washer and closed the water spigots. I carefully unscrewed the water hoses from the spigots with the bucket in place to catch and drain the water. Then i unscrewed the water hoses from the back of the washer (directly from the back of the water inlet valve). *make sure you know which spigot is your hot water vs your cold water. I ordered my part from PartsDr.com (much cheaper with the cost of shipping than just purchasing the part from homedepot) and received it in 2 business days. I removed the electrical connection from the water inlet valve and then replaced the water inlet valve with the new one. I reconnected the electrical connection as well as the hoses to the back of the water inlet valve. Then I reconnected the hoses to the spigot and turned them on. I checked for leaking from the water inlet valve and found none...SUCCESS! I carefully remounted the outer housing of the washer. Then I reinstalled the prongs and reconnected the electrical connection housings for the control panel. I flipped the control panel back over and pushed it into place, it should click into place. DONE.