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How to Replace the Inlet Valve on a Washer Dryer - Hotpoint Published 11/03/2011

Over time your washing machine may develop a fault with the inlet valve, which will then need replacing. Watch this eSpares video and find out how to replace the 3-way cold water inlet on a Hotpoint 440p washer dryer.

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How to Replace the Inlet Valve on a Washer Dryer – Hotpoint

The job of the inlet valve is to control how much water goes into the washer dryer, and when, during the wash cycle. Unfortunately, as with all components of your washing dryer, the inlet valve can become faulty, and in such a situation the valve will need replacing.

In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to replace the inlet valve on a washing dryer, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Before carrying out any repair work, make sure you have unplugged the appliance from the mains electricity.

Step 1: Remove the top panel of the dryer by undoing the screws holding it in place; with the top removed you’ll see the cold inlet valve, which is held in by three screws. These screws also need to be removed.

NB: When undoing the three screws holding the cold inlet valve in place, you may notice that one of the screws is underneath the chassis of the washing machine. If this is the case, you’ll need to move the whole dispenser drawer forward.

Step 2: With the dispenser drawer moved forward, remove the pressure sensor before separating the inlet valve and dispenser assembly, which will give you the room to move the whole dispenser assembly over to one side.

Step 3: Before removing the old inlet valve, make sure that the seals are off (as these don’t come with the new valve), and then disconnect the hose by removing the clip and giving the hose a quick pull.

Step 4: With the hose off, remove the connections, before reversing the steps to fit your new inlet valve into the washer dryer.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to replacing the inlet valve on a washer dryer, helping it to perform to its optimum level.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Rory from eSpares and in this video, I’m going to show you how to replace the inlet valve in this Hotpoint washing machine.

Now, here we are round the back of the washing machine. Water gets into the machine by coming through the inlet hose, through the inlet valve and into the machine. The inlet valve’s job is to control how much water goes into the machine and when it goes in during a cycle. Now there are 2 types of inlet valve, the hot water valve and the cold water valve.

However, on most modern washing machines, only the cold water valve will be plumbed in. So how will you know when your inlet valve is broken? It’s most likely to happen during cold weather. Cold water inside the valve can freeze and expand and therefore crack the valve and cause leakage. So if you’re noticing that there’s a leak coming from your washing machine either at the back or underneath, and it’s definitely not coming from the door seal, then the chances are you’ll need to replace the inlet valve- especially during cold weather.

So here we have a selection of different inlet valves, they come in all different shapes and sizes, from the simple, like this one-way hot water inlet valve to the more complex, like this four-way cold water inlet valve which sends water into 4 different directions inside the washing machine and has 4 valves on it too. Now, it doesn’t matter how simple or complex the inlet valve is on your washing machine, they’ll all be fitted in much the same way. What you will need to make sure of though, is that you get the right inlet valve for your washing machine. To do this, you’ll need the model number. This can be found either round the front on the inside of the door or like this model, on a label on the back here.

So now what I’m going to do is fit this three-way cold water inlet valve inside this Hotpoint WD 440p washer dryer. Safety first, make sure your washing machine is unplugged at the wall before you get to work and you’ll need to move it into a big open space like I’ve done so you’ve got easy access to the back of the machine. Now, I’m just going to remove the top panel, so I’ll need to remove the 2 screws at the back here.

Now we can just about see the cold water inlet valve situated below the dispenser drawer top here, it’s held in place by 3 screws; 2 in the dispenser draw top and 1 at the back of the machine, which I’m now going to remove.

So now we have a slight problem, 1 of the screws holding the dispenser draw top to the inlet valve is positioned underneath the chassis of the washing machine, so we need to move the whole dispenser drawer assembly forward a couple of inches so we have access to it. First thing I need to do is remove the drawer, and now I’m going to need to remove the fascia as well which is held in place by a couple of screws.

Now I just need to remove the fascia by unclipping these 2 clips, and then I can put the whole thing on top of the machine. We can now move the whole dispenser assembly and inlet valve forward a couple of inches so we now have access to the 2 screws here. They are torx head screws, you can buy a torx set at the eSpares website, I’m just going to use a torx bit on the end of a driver.

Lastly, I’m going to snip the cable tie off. Finally, I can remove the pressure sensor, and now I can separate the inlet valve and dispenser assembly just like that. I can now remove the whole dispenser assembly over to one side, just being careful not to damage the tub inlet hose, and now I’ve got space to work on the valve.

Before you remove the old one, just make sure to take the seals off it because they don’t come with the new valve. Now, I’ll need to remove this hose by taking that clip off, and then pulling the hose off just like that.

Now I just need to remove these connections but before I do, I’m going to take a photo so that I know how I’m going to put them back into my new valve. Now we can get rid of our old valve, and here is our new one.

Basically to fit it, all you need to do is repeat every single step you’ve just taken to remove the old one, but in reverse, starting with putting the connections into the new valve. Don’t forget your seals of course. 

And that’s how you fit a cold water inlet valve to a Hotpoint washer dryer. It’s a bit of a fiddly task but it is doable and is certainly better than getting an engineer out. On a lot of models, it’ll be a lot simpler to change the inlet valve than on this one, because the dispenser drawer won’t be in the way.

Inlet valves for all makes and models of washing machine are available on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.

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