Hot water slowly dripped into washer tub (1 gallon in a couple of days)
Robert M. • Northridge, CA • July 28, 2014
Appliance: Model KENMORE 110 45992 400
My Repair & Advice
I unplugged the machine. I removed the two fill hoses. I removed the top of the washer case by removing 3 tamper proof screws from the back ( I used my set of "star" head drivers), sliding the top back 1 inch and lifting the top off. I marked the 4 wires with 1 thru 4 stripes with a marker for ID, then pulled the 4 wires off the landing terminals. I removed the mounting screw and lifted the valve up as far as the hose permitted to get a better grip on the valve and hose. I removed the clear hose by squeezing the hose clamp with my pliers and pulling (this was not easy, and I pulled and twisted them really hard). I threw the old one in the trash so as to not confuse it with the new one. They looked identical. I connected the hose to the new valve by squeezing the hose clamp with my pliers and sliding it on. Unlike removing the old one, it went one easily. Then I put the valve where it belonged and attempted to reinstall the mounting screw. It did not line up. I needed to use a rat tail file and extend the hole a little closer to the valve body (five minutes took care of this). I placed the valve body firmly against the sheet metal back of the machine and installed the screw. I slid the wires back onto the terminal connectors (1 - 4, the way I labelled them). I connected the hot and cold water hoses. I turned the hot and cold water on and checked for leaks. I plugged the machine in (don"t get shocked on electrical parts inside the machine). I started a wash cycle and waited for the tub to start to fill with water. I again checked for leaks where the clear hose connected to the valve. I had no leaks and the valves were allowing water to flow. The water stopped as soon as I shut the machine off. I reinstalled the top of the case using the 3 screws and I was done. Next day I checked the washer tub and it was dry. Problem solved. Except for pulling the hose off the valve and extending the hole with a file, everything went easily. p.s. Do not cross the hot and cold water hoses like I did. I lost all my atta boy points after my wife did several loads of laundry in hot water when she wanted cold water only. Bob the investor.