If your washing machine doesn’t fill with water or there’s leak, both problems can be caused by a broken water inlet valve. With a new part and some quick instructions, you can replace the part yourself. Order replacement part #WP8181694 if you have a Whirlpool washing machine and follow these steps:
1. Unplug the washer and turn off the water supplies.
During the course of this repair, you will be handling electrical components and removing the water inlet hoses. Make sure the machine is completely disconnected and the water is off before you begin.
2. Access the part.
First, remove the fill hoses from the back of the machine. These may still have water, so lay down a towel or a bowl to catch any drips. Then loosen the hoses with a pair of channel locks.
Next, remove the top access panel. Begin by loosening the three screws at the rear of the panel. Then slide the panel back and lift in free.
3. Uninstall the old water inlet valve.
First, unplug the wire harnesses. Lift up the tabs so you can wiggle the harnesses free. Next, loosen the mounting screw on the frame next to the water inlets. Set it aside and pull the whole valve out. Then use pliers to remove the clamp connecting the black hose to the value. The part is now completely disconnected, so set it aside.
4. Install the new water inlet valve.
First, connect the black water line to the port on the new part. Push it firmly into place then tighten the clamp back over the connection point. Position the valve against the frame and reattach the mounting screw. Next, plug in the wire harnesses. There should be a quiet snap when they fully lock into place.
5. Reassemble the machine.
Orient the top panel of the machine with the locking tabs at the front. Lay it on the top of the machine and then slide it into position. Tighten the three screws at the rear of the cover.
Reattach the water lines. Make sure you attach the hot and cold lines to the appropriate positions. Thread them into place by hand and then with channel locks without overtightening.
Turn the water supplies back on and check for leaks. Then plug in the machine.
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