Washing Machine Replacement Parts From Robertshaw
While people have been cleaning clothes for thousands of years, the washing machine is a pretty recent innovation. Before the 20th century, people used rivers, rocks, barrels, and boards to clean their laundry. Even in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tubs with wringers were considered advanced cleaning appliances. However, once electricity became more common in homes, manually operated machines were rapidly replaced with automated models. Whirlpool was founded in 1911 as the Upton Machine Company for the sole purpose of manufacturing electric washing machines.
Robertshaw offers a wide variety of washing machine parts, including the water inlet valve This specialized part is needed to connect the two water hoses tightly to the machine. This allows it to control the flow of both hot and cold water. When appliance owners experience a problem with the valve, the washer may not fill properly. In some cases, no water gets to the machine at all, and it will stop filling.
Sometimes cleaning the two inlet ports is enough to fix the problem and to restore full water flow. You can also test the valve to determine whether it has failed. However, while replacing a bad valve is a relatively simple job, it requires specialized parts and procedures that are usually specific to your washing machine model. Replacements should be handled by a professional.
How Does a Water Inlet Valve Work?
The water inlet valve is comprised of solenoid coil(s) and threaded port(s). These are connected to hot and cold water hoses, located at the back of a washing machine, and it controls the flow of water. When the water inlet valve is not working, it can cause many problems within the machine. The washer may not fill to the proper level, or it may not fill at all. It also may not run properly or wash using an incorrect water temperature or in some rare cases, may not run at all.
What is a Solenoid Valve?
A solenoid valve is operated using electricity. A solenoid valve uses currents to open and close two ports at the right time, based on the settings in use for the wash temperature. These signals come from a water level switch. For most washing machines, a solenoid valve will use a two-port design to regulate water flow. While solenoid valves in washers use dual valves, in other applications they can use three or more, or may be clustered together on a manifold.
These are the most frequently used control elements when fluids are involved. Solenoid valves from Robertshaw offer fast and safe switching, high reliability, long service life, and compact design. Here at McCombs Supply Co., Inc., we offer a wide range of solenoid and water inlet valves manufactured by Robertshaw and other industry leaders. If you can’t track down the parts you need, let us know and we’ll locate it for you.