This step-by-step washer repair guide shows how to replace the water inlet valve assembly on a vertical modular top-load washer. Replace the inlet water valve with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if the washer doesn't fill or if it fills with water even when the washer is unplugged.
This procedure is for Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag and Amana vertical modular top-load washers.
We also have instructions for replacing the water inlet valve on a front-load washer and a replacing the water inlet valve on a direct-drive top-load washer.
This video explains how to replace the water inlet valve on a vertical module top-load washing machine.
Shut off the electricity and water
Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Turn off the water supply valves for the washer.
Wear work gloves.
Enlist an assistant to help pull the washer away from the wall.
Disconnect the fill hoses
Move the washer so can you remove the fill hoses from the back of the washer.
Mark which fill hose goes to the hot connector and which goes to the cold before removing.
Using channel lock pliers, carefully loosen and remove both hoses. Expect some water to pour out.Tip: Wipe up water spills with a towel to prevent slipping.
Release the control console
Use a 1/4" nut driver to remove the hex head screws from the back of the control console.
Push the control panel back and slide a putty knife under one corner.
Lift the panel and push with the putty knife blade to release the retaining clip.
Repeat the procedure on the opposite corner.
Remove the screws from the back panel of the console.
Slide a putty knife under one corner of the control panel console.
Release the clips that hold the console in place.
Remove the water inlet valve's mounting screws
Tip the control console forward and rest it on the top of the washer.
Locate the water inlet valve assembly and remove the 2 hex-head screws that hold the valve.
Tip the console forward and rest it on the top of the washer.
Remove the water inlet valve mounting screws.
Detach the wire harness connections
Take a digital picture of the wiring connections or label them so you can reattach them correctly.
Pull straight back on the wire harness connectors to detach them from the solenoid coils.
Remove the water valve
Pull the water valve out of the washer. Set it aside for disposal.Tip: This style of washer doesn't have hoses connected to the water inlet valve. If your model has hoses, disconnect them by releasing the spring clamps.
Install the new water valve
Push the new water valve into position .
Checking your photo or labels for correct placement, push each wire connector fully onto the correct connector spade.
Reinstall the mounting screws. To avoid overtightening, turn each screw with the nut driver until it stops, then give the screw one firm twist to snug it in place.
Secure the control panel
Position the console and snap the mounting clips into place. Insert the screws into the back panel and tighten firmly.
Reinstall the fill hoses
Thread the fill hoses onto the connections on the back of the washer, checking that hot and cold lines are placed properly.
Tighten the connections firmly using channel lock pliers; don't overtighten, which could crack the plastic on the inlet valve.
Restore the water and power
Turn on the water supply valves and check for leaks at the wall and the washer. Tighten the connection if you find a slight leak.
Plug the washer into the electrical outlet. Return the washer to its original location.
The shifter motor switches the washer's drive motor between the agitate and spin modes. If your washer's basket won't budge, the shifter could be the problem. Follow these steps to replace it in less than 45 minutes.
The drive block rotates the spin basket. If the basket wobbles or rattles in the spin mode because the drive block is worn out, replace the drive block following these directions.
If the spin basket on your top-load washer is damaged, you can replace it with a new one. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.
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