Proper Operation
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GE Water Inlet Valve

Problem Discussion

Normally water connot enter the washer unless the inlet mixing valve solenoids are energized (see Fill under Proper Operation). However, if foreign particles get past the filters, they can become lodged in the tiny valve orifice and prevent the metal plunger stem from seating. Water will then flow through the valve whether the washer power is on or off. Automatic washers are normally left unattended. Water flow during a wash cycle can lodge the foreign particle in the valve, causing the water to continue to flow throughout all of the cycle functions and after the washer has stopped. The tub will fill and then overflow. The only way to stop it is to turn off both water faucets connected to the inlet hoses.

Procedures for Replacing the Water Inlet Valve

  1. After the water is turned off and the floodwaters have subsided, either run the washer in a drain function or unplug the machine and bail it out.
  2. MAKE SURE THE WASHER IS UNPLUGGED.
  3. Verify that both water faucets have been turned off.
  4. Move the washer out from the wall about 20 inches.
  5. Remove the water hoses from the back of the washer.
  6. Remove the two 5/16" sheet metal screws securing the water inlet mixing valve (the screws are near the hose connections on the back of the washer).
  7. Slide a putty knife in between the top and the cabinet, about 3 inches in from each corner. Push in and pull up on the knife handle to release the spring clips securing the top.
  8. Slowly raise the top with one hand and hold the lid with the other. Rest the top against the wall.
  9. Reach down into the rear-left corner behind the tub and pull the water inlet mixing valve, along with its wires and the fill hose, to the top of the cabinet where you have more room to work on it. Open the spring clamp on the valve and slide it down the hose. Pull the hose off the valve.
  10. (Figure 1) Both valve solenoid coils have a common white wire. Label the hot and cold solenoids and remove the wires.
  11. Replace the hot and cold solenoid wires and the outlet hose on the new valve. Remount the valve assembly on the rear of the machine. Test for proper operation.

Figure 1 (Return)

Two-Coil Inlet Water Mixing Valve