How to Replace the Water Inlet Valve on a Vertical Modular Top-Load Washer



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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Water inlet valve assembly

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Channel lock pliers
  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Putty knife
  • Work gloves
  • Towel

Before you begin

Wear work gloves. Enlist an assistant to help pull the washer away from the wall.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing a Water Inlet Valve on a Top-Load Washing Machine

Step 1: Shut off the electricity and water

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Turn off the water supply valves for the washer.

Step 2: 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.

Disconnect the water hoses from the back of the washer.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Detach the wire harness.

Step 6: 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.

Pull the water inlet valve out of the washer.

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Secure the control panel

Position the console and snap the mounting clips into place. Insert the screws into the back panel and tighten firmly.

Step 9: 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.

Step 10: 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.