I just inherited a Maytag washer thats about 30 years old. It still
runs like new, and is like new because I got it from a relative who
rarely used it and spent years in a nursing home while the machine got
no use. Except the fill valve valve, the machine runs great. The fill
valve works fine on the cold water but the hot side is fills real
slow, and never shuts all the way off, so the machine very slowly
fills even when not in use or even plugged in. I have to shut the
water off after each use or it runs over and makes a big mess. When I
opened it up, I found both the solenoids are working so the valve must
I also found the hoses on the inside from the fill valve to the tub
are very brittle and one broke off at the fill valve. I was able to
patch something together and reconnect it so I can use the washer.
Anyhow, they want quite a bit of money for the valve, and the hoses
are outrageously priced for a couple feet of 1/2" diameter hose.
Before I stick a lot of money into this machine I want to use it a
little longer to see if anything else breaks down. I am also going to
check into using some dairy tubing instead of the expensive hoses.
My reason in posting this is to find out if those fill valves are
repairable, or will I destroy it by opening it? They look simple
enough and are put together with screws so I know it will come apart.
Has anyone ever worked on one?