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Around 20 year old Kenmore water won't fill
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Post# 1166841   12/17/2022 at 12:14 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

I have a Kenmore model # 110 22422 100, that was working great until a couple of days ago when all of a sudden the water didn't turn on and the machine went straight to agitation. Any ideas on what might be wrong? No water comes on at all.
Thanks, any help appreciated.

Post# 1166845 , Reply# 1   12/17/2022 at 13:11 (482 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Try turning the water level switch back and forth a couple of times. It sounds like that pressure switch may have a problem.

Post# 1166846 , Reply# 2   12/17/2022 at 13:15 (482 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Also sometimes if you set the timer for a very short period of agitation it might do this. First try setting the machine for 12 minute agitation and see if it works. If it does that was the issue. If not try the first suggestion I made.

Post# 1166847 , Reply# 3   12/17/2022 at 13:17 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

Where is the water pressure switch? I'm pretty now to this......thanks.

Post# 1166848 , Reply# 4   12/17/2022 at 13:18 (482 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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It is behind the knob for the water level selection.

Post# 1166857 , Reply# 5   12/17/2022 at 15:47 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

These are the controls on the washing machine. It's an older one.

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Post# 1166867 , Reply# 6   12/17/2022 at 17:07 (482 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The water level switch is in control of triggering the motor to turn on for agitation when the target fill level is reached, for either the wash period or the rinse period of the cycle.  The fill level is sensed via air pressure which increases (or decreases) in a tube/hose according to the height of the water in the tub.  One end of the tube connects at the side of the tub near the bottom, the other end connects to the water level (pressure) switch in the console.  The increasing pressure of air caught in the tube as the water rises in the tub makes the switch contacts inside the water level control trigger to turn off the fill and turn on the motor for agitation when the water reaches the selected level.

The machine may immediately begin agitation without water if the water level switch contacts are malfunctioning, i.e. stuck together.  If that's the cause of the problem, turning the water level knob back-and-forth several times may (or may not) loosen the stuck contacts.

As RepairGuy notes above, setting the timer for a very short wash time, probably the last 1 to 2 mins of the wash period on the Heavy Duty cycle, may by design have the machine agitate with no water.  It should fill at any other timer position in a wash period.

You also need to check for the problem at 1) all three temperature choices in 2) both the Heavy Duty and Permanent Press cycles.  Report back whether water does or does not fill in at each temp choice, and whether the water is appropriately hot, warm, or cold if it does fill.

Post# 1166873 , Reply# 7   12/17/2022 at 17:24 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

I moved the load size selector switch back and forth and it initially worked, but when set to large load it didn't fill all the way and in the second rinse of the cycle the water didn't come on at all. I went back and moved the switch back and forth a few times and the water fills again but not as far as it should in the large load setting. So maybe the water selector valve needs to be replaced? Or, could it be something else? I put in a new water inlet valve, because I had a new one here...but that doesn't appear to have fixed the issue.

Post# 1166874 , Reply# 8   12/17/2022 at 17:28 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

Will do a more in-depth check as Dadoes suggested above. Thanks.

Post# 1166877 , Reply# 9   12/17/2022 at 17:47 (482 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Replace the water level switch. Usually comes with a new air hose.

Post# 1166883 , Reply# 10   12/17/2022 at 18:15 (482 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

Went through the different types of settings and they all seem to work, but not filling with enough water in the large load, hot water comes on when selected.....
This appears to be the right selector switch: ForeverPRO W10820051 Switch-Wl for ForeverPRO a good brand? Sells on Amazon for about $85.00.

Post# 1166888 , Reply# 11   12/17/2022 at 18:38 (481 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

It looks like I can get an OEM Whirlpool for the same or less than the other brand. Probably better to go that route.

Post# 1166893 , Reply# 12   12/17/2022 at 19:50 (481 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        
Malfunctioning fill on a Kenmore washer

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My granny's Kenmore 80 series washer had a similar problem several years ago and the water level switch turned out to be the culprit. The switch was replaced and that corrected the issue, so hopefully the same happens for you. Good luck.

Post# 1166894 , Reply# 13   12/17/2022 at 20:31 (481 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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PartsDr W10339229

ApplianceParts365 W10339229

Also used-item choices on eBay if you wish to consider that route.

Post# 1166903 , Reply# 14   12/17/2022 at 23:06 (481 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

I found two whirlpool part numbers that both appear to be a replacement for the Kenmore switch. They are WI0339229 as DADoes posted above and WI0820051...Is it correct to assume either one will work?

Post# 1166923 , Reply# 15   12/18/2022 at 10:29 (481 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The original water level switch part number is 3366848 per SearsParts lookup.  It currently substitutes to W10820051.

Other numbers 3950422 and W10339229 also substitute to W10820051.

The PartsDr link above is W10820051 per W10339229 substituting to it.

The AppParts365 link above states W10339229, perhaps they 1) have that version of the switch available or 2) haven't updated their database for it substituting to W10820051.

Note that the leading characters are W1 (W-one), not WI (W-eye).

Post# 1166925 , Reply# 16   12/18/2022 at 10:51 (481 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

Thanks everyone for the advise. Ordered the part and will be delivered this Wednesday. .....will post update.

Post# 1166974 , Reply# 17   12/18/2022 at 17:22 (481 days old) by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
Switch-Wl for ForeverPRO a good


When a listing or description reads: "For" Whirlpool "For" Maytag" etc, thats code for an aftermarket part.

Sometimes aftermarket items are okay, sometimes not.

Depends on the particular part, price and situation, such as if its labor intensive job and quality matters.

Post# 1167398 , Reply# 18   12/24/2022 at 01:40 (475 days old) by Ct (georgia)        

Replaced the switch and the machine is working properly now.

Post# 1167415 , Reply# 19   12/24/2022 at 08:27 (475 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats on keeping the old washer going.

Post# 1167421 , Reply# 20   12/24/2022 at 09:16 (475 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Cite the serial number if you want to know the age more precisely than "around 20 year old."  Serial numbers are coded for the year and week of manufacture.

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