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How to Replace a Dishwasher Water Inlet Valve

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The water inlet valve works as a control gate between home water supply hose and the dishwasher. When a cycle is selected and the dishwasher is turned ON, the inlet valve is opened for water flow into the dishwasher. The valve is closed at the end of the fill cycle. If you find that the water inlet valve is causing problems in your dishwasher and you need to replace it, you can follow the steps below to replace it.

  1. 1Locate water inlet valve: Turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker panel or unplug the power cord. Turn off water supply to the dish washer. Remove the lower panel by unscrewing the mounting screws. You should see the water inlet valve at the end of the water hose that comes from under the sink.
  2. 2Remove hoses from water inlet valve: Remove the water intake hose from the water inlet valve by using a wrench or pliers. Collect water in a bucket or pan.
  3. 3Remove second water hose from water inlet valve: There is a water hose that directs water from the valve to the dishwasher. Remove this hose from the water inlet valve by using a wrench or pliers.
  4. 4Remove water inlet valve: Label all the wires indicating which terminals they connect. You can use masking tape for labeling. This will help you during installation of the new water inlet valve. Disconnect the wires from the water inlet valve. Unscrew the mounting screws and pull off the water intake valve. Note down the brand and model for your dishwasher.
  5. 5 Buy a water inlet valve: Go to an appliance parts store with the old water inlet valve and model and brand name of your dishwasher. Buy a new water inlet valve by matching the old water inlet valve. The model and brand name will help the store sales person to find the correct part for you. You can also buy the water inlet valve from an online appliance parts store.
  6. 6 Install new water inlet valve: Use the instructions that came with the new water inlet valve to replace the water inlet valve. If you do not have the instructions, you can just follow the steps above in reverse order to install the water inlet valve.