Washer slowly fills with water while not in use, what is wrong?
Recently I noticed my washer will slowly fill with water when not in use. the problem seems to be intermitant and I think it could be mineral build up in the supply valve? Any suggestions would help.
Water-inlet valves eventually fail. One problem that may develop with a water-inlet valve is that it can no longer completely shut off when the electricity is turned off to it. Then, the valve may leak and drip water into the clothes tub--you may notice that your washer has water in it when you haven't used it for a few days. To fix this, replace the valve.
Here's the part and where to get it: http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail...
I've used these people and they are fast and reliable.
They also carry a repair manual for it: http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail...
This is a supplement, NOT a replacement to the well-researched and thorough answer from Meyer, above...
In my washing machine, the hard water deposits blocked up the inlet quite a bit, to the point where it appeared to be failing.
I bought a $10 bottle of CLR, or "Calcium/Lime/R
Twice a year, I use CLR the same way on my dishwasher and soak my shower head in it to remove minerals and hard water buildup. CLR is essential for anyone's cleaning "kit" where water is used-- the sink, bathtub, etc.
Remember, Meyer's post is VERY complete and *most likely* your problem with a slow inlet.
NOTE: On the first cycle, with the CLR in the clothing washer, let the water fill up and sit with water/CLR in it for at least a couple of hours. Also, CHECK YOUR MANUAL to make sure there isn't any reason NOT to use CLR on it... I can't think of any, but I'm not an expert on washing machines.
As mayer stated, replacing the valve would be the easiest way to go. If you're going to pull the valve out, you can then visually inspect the inlet and outlet ports to see if there are deposits. There are strainers on the inlet side of the valve where you may see the deposits, particularly the hot water inlet. If there are visible deposits, you could put CLR in a pan and soak the valve to try to remove the deposits. Only put enough in the pan to cover the inlet and outlet ports and not the electrical connections or solenoid.