|Directions for replacing a washing machine water inlet valve. |
Before you begin to replace your washer's water inlet valve, make sure you disconnect the appliance's power supply. The easiest way to do this is to unplug the unit from the wall. Alternatively, you could trip the appropriate switch in the circuit breaker panel, or you could remove the appropriate fuse from your home's fuse box.
Start this repair by locating your washer's water inlet valve. It will be at the back of the washer, and it will have water hoses hooked up to the back of it. Shut off the supply of water to your washer. Disconnect both hoses at the back of the washer. You might want to try pointing the hoses into a bucket or a sink, and then turning on the water supply again. Do this to confirm that you are receiving adequate water pressure, and that there is not some sort of blockage in the line.
There are two solenoids on the water valve. These solenoids are sometimes referred to as coils. There will be two wires attached to each solenoid. Be sure to label each of the wires so that you are able to properly reconnect them later. These wires are held in place with metal slip on connectors. Grasp firmly on each connector, one at a time, to disconnect the wire from the solenoid. Do not pull directly on the wire, pull from the metal connector.
A washer's water valve is typically held in place with two screws. You will have to remove each of these screws before you are able to remove the valve itself. There is a hose connecting the valve to the fill spout. This hose may be held in place with a screw clamp, or a pinch clamp. Remove whichever you find so that you can remove the water line. Discard used water valve.
Connect your new water inlet valve to the water line. Attach both water supply hoses. Turn the water on and check for leaks. Restore power to your washer.