Mailbag: Water slowly fills washer tub even when it is off

Dmitry wrote:

Hello! I we got question about Whirlpool front load washer. We have this unit for over few years and problem that recently pops up is water slowly gets in to washer and feels it up when unit is OFF. What do I have to fix it? Thanks for your support.


This is a classic case of bad water inlet valve. The water inlet valve is the thing inside the washer, in back, that has the water fill hoses attached to it. It’s what opens and closes to let water into the drum.

What’s happened to yours is that the valve has gotten damaged by what we professional appliantologists call, “gookus,” which is a technical term for anything that ain’t supposed to be somewhere. Probably sediment or pipe scale made it’s way deep into the inner guts of the valve so it can’t make a tight seal anymore.

The fix is to replace the water inlet valve. We have ’em for every kind of washing machine out there, including Whirlpool, Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, GE, LG, Bosch, Asko… you get the idea. Come have a look and see for yourself– click here.

For example, in the case of the original Whirlpool Duet washers, model number GHW91* and GHW92*, the water inlet valve looks like this:

Water Inlet Valve - Part #906483

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In the case of the Whirlpool Duet Sport washer with model numbers like WFW8*, the water inlet valve looks like this:

Water Inlet Valve - Part #1179987

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You can also easily find the valve for your specific washer by just plugging your model number into the parts search box in the sidebar, the one with the purdy green button.

Replacing the valve is piece of pie, tovarish! On most front loaders, just remove the top panel (three screws in back) and the valve is right there. Shut off the water supply at the wall and unscrew the fill hoses from the valve. Watch this cool video for more:

If you have questions or need more repair help, come start a new topic in the Laundry Forum at the Samurai School of Appliantology and we’ll help you whup up on it.



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