There’s another great repair article over at acmehowto.com about replacing the inlet valve on your washing machine.
Of course, never attempt such a repair yourself without following all safety precautions, like unplugging the washer.
First it discusses what exactly an inlet valve is, and what can happen if the valve is blocked or if its solenoid isn’t functioning.
It discusses how to identify it, where on the washing machine to find it, and how to disconnect it. It gives advice on the hoses, the terminals, and the wiring. Once the valve is off, it tells you how to connect the new one and make sure it’s working properly.
If you need to replace your washing machine’s inlet valve, read this article.