My husband cleaned out the water inlet valve and we just put in a whole house water filter. Is the valve not working properly if the water level does not seem to get high enough? Should the fill water "just touch" the heater element or cover it completely? We are worrying that the reason the last element went was because the inlet valve was plugged from sediment and burned it out. We have since replaced the heater element and the water pump/motor assembly.
ANSWER Hello Tess,
The water level will not cover the heating element. As a matter of fact, if it contacts the heating element, it is filling with more water than most units fill with. You see, the water is heated while the water is being circulated, so the heater is designed to heat the water as it drops back down into the tub during the wash cycle. Now the issue I'm concerned about is the whole house water filtration system. These tends to drastically drop the water pressure. The issue with this is the fact that the water valve is closed by water pressure. If the water valve closes too slowly, you could wind up with an overfill situation. Other than this, I really doubt that you will have an issue from the fill level.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, September 05, 2012