Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-How to Replace Water Inlet Valve

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Feature
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly

If your Kenmore 90 Series Washer fills slowly and/or makes a loud noise when the tub is filling, I have your solution .  In our case it took at least an hour for the tub to fill up with water.  If you opened the lid while it was filling up there was just a trickle of water on each side, where there should be a waterfall where the water pours into the tub.  At times it also was making a vibrating noise.  In troubleshooting the situation I disconnected the water lines from the washer and checked the water pressure coming out of the lines.  By by running water through the lines into a bucket I could see that it had good flow–the problem was in the washer itself.  It turns out that the water valves wear out over time, they are inexpensive, and are easy to replace.  Follow along and I’ll show you how you can fix your Kenmore 90 Series washer and save some money by doing it yourself…

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-How to Replace Water Inlet Valve

Equipment:

  • Kenmore 90 Series Washer Model 110.28922790, there are identical Whirlpool Washers as well

Parts Needed:

Tools Needed:

Step 1: Move the washer out from the wall

I moved this one out about a foot, to give me enough room to put my bucket back there on the floor below where the hoses connect to the washer.  You can slide one corner at a time towards you in a zig-zag pattern to work it away from the wall.

Step 2: Disconnect the power.

Don’t get shocked.  We are going to handle what could be live wires.  Make sure you unplug the washer from the wall:

Unplug From Outlet-Don't Get Shocked
Unplug From Outlet-Don’t Get Shocked

Step 3: Shut off the water valves.

Turn off the valves on the wall.  If they have the round knobs like the spigot on your house you will need to turn them clockwise multiple times to turn them off.  If they have a small valve handle then they probably only turn a quarter turn clockwise to turn them off.  These were the hose spigot type valves so they took 4-5 turns to turn them off:

Washer Water Shut-Off Valves-Turning Off
Shut off the water before disconnecting the lines

Step 4: Mark the Hot/Cold Water Lines

This was unnecessary in my case because my water lines were color coded with a blue/red strand threaded in the braiding of the hose, but you ought to take note of which is the hot and cold lines before you disconnect your lines.  The cold connection is on top.  Put a piece of tape on one hose to mark it so it will be easy when you put everything back together.  You can look at the back of the washer to determine which is which is which (or look at the valve end, which could be labeled as well):

Hot and Cold Water Connections
Hot and Cold Water Connections

Step 5: Disconnect water lines from back of washer.

I had a plastic bucket ready to catch the water that was left in the lines after turning the water off.  It’s not going to be that much water but it would good to have a bucket handy.  It’s also handy in case one of the valves does not cut the water completely off and it continues to drip after you disconnect the lines.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Bucket to Catch Water
Put a bucket under the water lines before disconnecting

I wasn’t able to loosen the hoses from the washer by hand so I carefully used channel lock pliers.  Be careful not to squeeze any harder than necessary because you can bend the connector and/or really scrape them up too.  When looking at them from the back you will turn the connector counter-clockwise to loosen them:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Disconnecting Water Lines-Annotated
Turn the connectors counter-clockwise to remove them

Drop the ends in your bucket behind the washer so it catches the water that drains out of them:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Line Hoses in Bucket
Water line hoses draining in bucket

Step 6: Remove the bezel end pieces

We are looking for two screws at the right and left lower corners of the control panel.  In this model’s case you must pop off these two bezel pieces.  You can grab them from the top edge or use your fingernails under the edge and then pull them straight off:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Control Panel Bezel Pieces
Pop off the two bezel end pieces

Method 1: You can pull them off by putting your fingernails under the face edge like this and pulling straight out:

Bezel removal Method 1: Fingernails under the inside edge
Bezel removal Method 1: Fingernails under the inside edge

Method 2: Grab the top edge and pull forward:

Method 2 for removing the bezel end pieces-grab the top edge and pull forward
Method 2 for removing the bezel end pieces-grab the top edge and pull forward
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Right Bezel End Removed
Right bezel end piece removed
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Left Bezel End Removed
Left bezel end piece removed

Step 7: Remove the two control panel screws

The are Phillips head screws slightly recessed at the lower right and left corners of the control panel:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Control Panel Screw Locations
Control Panel Screw Locations

One of them was quite rusted so be careful that you are using the right size Phillips screwdriver so you don’t strip the head;

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Control Panel Screw Removed
Control Panel Screw Removed

Step 8: Flip the control panel up

The control panel is hinged at the top back edge and you can just lift up on the bottom and flip it up and out of the way.  First get the bottom started. You can actually lift the control panel straight up and then swivel the bottom out:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Flipping Control Panel Step 1
Lift up the bottom edge of the control panel
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Flipping Control Panel Step 2
Keep lifting the bottom edge up

Once you have flipped it all the way up it will balance there:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Flipping Control Panel Step 3
Control panel flipped up and out of the way

Step 9: Disconnect the washer housing electrical connector

The connector goes down into the top of the washer shell and is located all the way back and towards the right:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Valve Electrical Connector Location
Water valve electrical connector location

There is a tab that points down on the front face of the connector that must be lifted before pulling the connector straight up and off.  Do not pull the connector by the wires but make sure to grab the plastic body of the connector because the wires will pull out of the connector.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Valve Electrical Connector Locking Tab
Lift the tab on the front and then disconnect the connector
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Valve Electrical Connector Disconnected
Valve connector removed

Step 10: Remove the two locking spring clips.

There are two spring clips that attach the washer shell to the back that must be removed:

 

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clip Location
Spring Clip Locations

To unlatch and remove them insert a flat-head screwdriver down into the front trough part of the clip as seen below:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Releasing Spring Clip
Pry the clip free

Once the bottom is unlatched you can slip the top end out of the back and it will come free:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clip-Slip Back end Out
Slip the back end of the clip down and out of the washer’s back panel

And here’s what it will look like when they have been removed:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clip Removed
Spring Clip Removed

Step 12: Remove the external washer housing

The term that describes what you must do may be best described as “tipping the housing over.”  You may want to lay a towel down on the floor in front of the washer, to lay the housing on if you want to be careful not to scratch it (if you have a hard surface or if there is any sand on the floor).  Grab the front edge of the housing and pull it towards you and lay the front face down on the ground:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Removing the Washer Housing Step 1
Grab the front edge and pull it towards you, pivoting it on the bottom edge
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Removing the Washer Housing Step 2
Tipping the housing over

Here’s what you’ll have:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Removing the Washer Housing Full View Housing Laid Down
Washer housing tipped over and off the machine

Step 13: Locate the water valve assembly.

The valve assembly is located on the back of the washer on the top right corner, just below the top rim of the tub:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Locate the Water Valve
Location of water valve assembly

Step 14: Disconnect the wiring connectors from the water valve assembly.

There is one connector for the cold water valve (top) and one for the hot (bottom):

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Valve Hot and Cold Electrical Connector Location
Location of hot and cold water valve electrical connectors

Make sure to pull the connectors off by the plastic connector body and NOT by the wires.  Pull each connector straight out and off the valve.  Here is what they look like disconnected:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Valve Hot and Cold Electrical Connectors Disconnected
Valve electrical connectors removed

Step 15: Remove the water outlet hose from the valve assembly.

There is a spring clamp that must be removed first.  Be careful that there are no wires in the way, like was the case when I went to remove this spring clamp in the image below:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Water Outlet Hose Clamp Location
Location of spring clamp on water outlet hose

Take your pliers and squeeze the spring clamp and move it down on the hose:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Squeezing Hose Clamp
Squeeze the hose clamp and slide it down (don’t pinch the wire like I am though, that was an accident)

Here I’ve moved the hose spring clamp down off the valve so we can pull the hose off.  I actually did this step out of the order I’m suggesting in this tutorial (learn from my mistake) because I’d already unscrewed the valve from the back of the washer when I took this picture:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Hose Clamp Removed
Hose clamp moved down off the valve

Once the spring hose clamp has been backed off the valve body you can pull the hose straight down and off the valve.

Step 16: Remove the two valve assembly mounting screws.

On the back of the washer there are two 8mm hex-headed screws securing the valve to the back of the washer.  You could use a flat-head screwdriver but I do not recommend it as it is difficult to hold the flat-headed screwdriver on the head of the screws.  If I had my own tools on this trip I would have used a 8mm socket on a screwdriver-type handle to remove them.  Make sure to keep track of these screws as the new part will not come with them and you must reuse them.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Valve Assembly Screw Locations
Remove these two screws

Once you have those two screws removed the valve will be free from the washer and you can take it out:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Bad 285805 Valve Removed From Washer
Water valve part number 285805 Removed From Washer

Step 17: Mount the new valve on the washer

Insert the washer valve hose connections through their holes in the back of the washer, with the single output hose connector pointing down and reinstall the two screws into the back to mount the valve.  You may need to move the valve assembly around a bit to get the holes to line up (and there are additional unused holes):

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Reinstalling New Valve Screws
Reinstalling New Valve 8mm headed Screws

Step 18: Reinstall the outlet hose on the new valve.

Slip the black hose up and on the new valve:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Reinstalling Hose on New Valve
Reinstalling Hose on New Valve

It should go on all the way until it runs into the larger part of the valve body:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Hose Slipped on New Valve
Hose Slipped on New Valve

Then use your pliers to squeeze the spring hose clamp and slip it up and on the valve (past the “lip” on the valve nipple):

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Moving Spring Clamp into Place
Move the Spring Clamp into Place
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clamp In Place
Spring Clamp In Place

Step 19: Reinstall the electrical connectors on the new valve.

The red connector goes on the bottom and the white common wire (that jumps from the red connector to the clear one) goes on the two middle terminals exactly as seen below:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Electrical Connectors Reinstalled on New Valve
Electrical Connectors Reinstalled on New Valve

Step 20: Reinstall the washer metal housing

Begin tipping the front top edge of the housing up, keeping the far bottom edge up against the washer:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Lift up the Front Edge of Washer Housing
Lift up the Front Edge of Washer Housing

As you lift it upright scoot it up tight against the front of the washer as seen here, with it centered on the frame:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Scoot the Housing up tight to the front
Scoot the Housing up tight to the front

Then the housing sides should be up tight against the frame and the housing should be back in place.  I reached around both sides of the washer with my hands and squeezed in the sides to make sure they were up tight against the frame.  Press straight down on the back to make sure it is sitting all the way down.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Housing Back in Place
Housing Back in Place

Step 21: Reinstall the spring clips

Hook the back end of each spring clip into the back of the washer and then snap the clip down onto the washer housing top:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clip Hooked into Back
First hook the spring clip into the back

Align the spring clip with the two holes in the top of the washer housing and press it straight down to snap it into place:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Snap Spring Clip Down Onto Housing Top
Snap Spring Clip Down Onto Housing Top

I actually had to press the spring clamp with the palm of my hand to be able to apply enough force to get it to snap into place:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Snapping Spring Clamp into Place with Palm
Snapping Spring Clamp into Place with Palm

This is what they should look like when they are correctly snapped into place:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Spring Clip Snapped In Place
Spring Clip Snapped In Place

Step 22: Clean the top surface of the washer.

If you have your washer control panel lifted up then you should clean the junk off the top surface of the washer while you are in there.  I didn’t do this because I was visiting on business and was in a hurry.  The surface is porcelain so a green scratchy sponge should polish it up nicely.

Step 23: Reconnect the washer housing electrical connector.

With the plastic tab oriented on the front side of the connector, reinstall the electrical connector into the top of the washer housing:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Reinstalling Top Electrical Connector
Reinstalling Top Electrical Connector

Make sure that the tab snaps over the catch so it is firmly held into place:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Top Electrical Connector Reinstalled
Top Electrical Connector Reinstalled

Step 24: Flip the control panel down and into place

There are a couple things to keep in mind as you flip the control panel down and into place, which I’ll detail in steps 24a and 24b:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Flipping the Control Panel Back into Place
Flipping the Control Panel Back into Place

Step 24a: Make sure the hinges are hooked on the top

On both the right and the left there are plastic hinges that will slide up and down to allow you to return the control panel into its slots in the top of the washer but you must make sure the hinges “hook” over the top edge of the back of the washer:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Hinges Must Hook Onto Back-Annotated
Hinges Must Hook Onto Back

Step 24b: Make sure the notches on the bottom edge of the control panel go into the holes in the top of the washer housing.

On both the left and the right sides you must make sure the two pieces that stick out of the control panel go into the holes in the top of the washer housing:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Lining Up Left Control Panel Notches-Annotated
Lining Up Left Control Panel Notches

The control panel folded back in place–it should sit flush with the top of the washer housing:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Control Panel Back in Place
Control Panel Back in Place

Step 25: Reinstall the control panel screws

Reinstall the Phillips-head screws into the lower left and lower right corners of the control panel:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Reinstalling Left Control Panel Screw
Reinstalling Left Control Panel Screw
Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Reinstalling Right Control Panel Screw
Reinstalling Right Control Panel Screw

Step 26: Reinstall the plastic control panel bezel end pieces.

They snap straight on:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Bezel Pieces Back in Place
Bezel Pieces Reinstalled

Step 27: Reconnect the water hoses to the back of the washer.

I would highly recommend starting the threads by hand (clockwise when looking at it from the back) so you do not accidentally cross-thread the hose connections.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Start The Hoses By Hand
Initially tighten the hoses by hand to get the threads started

Once they are going on straight then I used my channel lock pliers to tighten them up.  Make sure the cold connects to the top connection and the hot on the bottom:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Hoses Reconnected to New Valve
Cold and Hot Water Hoses Reconnected to New Valve

Step 28: Turn the water back on.

Turn the valves counter-clockwise to turn the water on.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Turn Water Back On
Turn Water Back On

Step 29: Plug the washer back in.

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Plug Washer Back In
Plug Washer Back In

Step 30: Test out the washer.

I would choose the warm/warm setting (so that both water lines are running equally) and the shortest run cycle to test it out.  You can run this washer with the door open.  You can also start it and let it run for a few seconds and then push the knob in to shut it off and leave it till the next time you use it.  It was immediately evident that this had fixed the water flow problem because the water beautifully flowed into the tub like a waterfall, just like it should:

Kenmore 90 Series Washer Fills Slowly-Washer Fixed-Plenty of Flow
Plenty of Water Flow

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