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How to Change the Water Valve on an Amana Washer

Amana washing machines have a water valve, or water inlet valve, located on the rear of the appliance. The water inlet valve protrudes through the rear of the washing machine and attaches to the water inlet hoses connected to the water supply valves on the wall behind your washer. The water valve opens and closes to allow hot and cold water into the washing machine, depending on the selected cycle. If the valve malfunctions, the washer will not receive the proper amount of water necessary to complete the cycle. You should be able to replace the valve with relative ease, using basic tools.

Unplug the washer from the wall outlet to cut power to the washer.

Shut off the water supply valves on the wall behind the washer by turning them clockwise. Remove the water inlet hoses from the water inlet valve using an adjustable wrench. You may wish to place a towel on the floor to catch any water remaining in the hoses. If necessary, label the hoses to determine which is used for hot water and which is for cold.

Remove the two screws on the bottom left and right of the rear of the control panel. Rotate the control panel up.

Unclip the lid-switch wire harness, located under the area previously covered by the control panel. Lift the tab on the control panel to remove.

Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the end of the metal spring clips on the back of the top of the washing machine cabinet. Pull the screwdriver forward to release the clips, then remove them.

Open the washing machine lid. Tilt the cabinet forward, holding the lid so that it does not fall. Slide the bottom of the cabinet out from under the washer frame and then pull it away from the washer and set it aside.

Pull the wire connectors off of the inlet valve terminals on the rear of the inside of the washer.

Detach the mounting screw securing the inlet valve to the washing machine panel. Pull the valve off of the rear panel.

Squeeze the clamp on the hose on the side of the inlet valve using pliers and slide the hose off of the valve.

Slide the hose onto the new inlet valve. Squeeze the clamp and slide it over the end of the hose to secure the hose to the valve.

Insert the new water valve into the rear panel of the washing machine. Secure the valve using the mounting screw.

Plug the two wire connectors onto the terminals on the rear of the inlet valve.

Thread the two water supply hoses onto the inlet valve and tighten using the adjustable wrench.

Tilt the cabinet back toward you and slide the front edge under the frame of the washer. Align the notches on the sides of the cabinet with the tabs on the bottom frame on the left and right side and lower the cabinet into position. Pull the rear panel toward the cabinet and snap it into place.

Reinstall the spring clips on the left and right sides of the top of the cabinet.

Reconnect the lid-switch wire connector and then lower the control panel back into position. Secure the control panel in place using the two screws on the rear that were removed.

Plug the washer back into the wall and turn on the water supply valves on the wall behind the washer.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Hex driver

Tip

  • Replacement water valves are available from Amana or from many appliance parts websites.

About the Author

Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.