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Washing Machine Problems No Water

Your washing machine will not fill up with water. You have checked the hoses, cleaned the screens, and still no water. Now what is next?



First make sure that you unplug the washer to prevent a shock. Then you will have to get to the valve. For some washer this can be done by an opening in the back panel. And for other you may have to remove the entire top of the washer to access the valve body.

Hopefully you can get there without removing the wiring, so that you can check to see if you are getting power to the valves. Once you can get to the valve body, then carefully get a meter on the connection to the coils, then plug in the washer and start the cycle where the water would normally flow. If you have power at the coil and the water does not flow then you know that the coil is bad or the valve is stuck. There are ways to clean the valves but usually a new valve body will be under $40.00 and it is not worth the mess and the possibility that the valve will soon get stuck again. If you find the problem there, just replace the valve, it is much easier.

If you are getting no power to your valve then you know to look back in the wiring further. You may have a bad switch in the timer. Follow the wires and trace the back to see where the power is stopping at. If you have power going to the timer and no power coming out then you have found your problem there.

Troubleshooting appliances is often just a matter of following the problem back to where it starts. Be patient and be very careful when working with electricity. Always make sure you have the appliance unplugged when you are not actually checking for voltage. Also be aware that some appliances have power on what you would think to be the neutral.
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GE washing machine Toploader will not fill with water


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Water Inlet Valve
First check the hoses that connect to the water inlet valve. Remove these completely there should be a screen in at least one end and maybe both ends. Clean these screens. Next check the back of the water inlet valve screens and remove and clean. If cleaning these out does not correct the problem you will need to check to make sure you have power going to the water inlet valve. Most top loaders will have 120 volts going to the valve. Check each solenoid on the valve. You will need to have the washer on and turned to a fill cycle when checking. If you have power and still no water replace the water inlet valve. No power replace the control. see the diagram attached

Control / Timer

This is less likely the problem but can fail. If you have no power going to the water inlet valve when selecting a fill cycle the timer/ control has failed and you will need to replace the timer.
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Jul 18, 2012 | Washing Machines

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Washer fills extremely slow. Hoses are fine water


Hi, check to see if there's good water volume coming through the hoses attached to the washing machine. If there is, check to see if the screens inside the water-inlet valve are clean. (The water-inlet valve is the device on the washing machine that the fill hoses are attached to.) If they're clean, you probably have a defective water-inlet valve. If so, you should completely replace the valve.

Jun 19, 2011 | Maytag PAV2300 Top Load Washer

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Error code nf


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

The Error code "nf" is No Fill. Turn off the water at the wall connection and remove your fill hoses at the washer. Inside the inlet to the water valve there are inlet screens. Use a thin knife blade or a scribe on the outside of the screens and remove them. Wash them under slowly running water while rubbing them with your fingers to clean them off. After cleaning reinstall the screens and connect your hoses to the washer.
Next remove the hoses at the wall faucett / hose bibb and check for inlet screens in the hoses. If there are inlet screens in the hoses at the wall connection remove them and clean them. Otherwise reconnect the hoses.. turn on the water... check for leaks and test your machine for proper filling. If it still does not fill or you get the nf code again you most likely have a bad inlet water valve. Either the diaphragm is stuck or... one of the water valve solenoids have failed. The solenoids and water valve assemblies are NOT repairable. IF they fail the only remedy is replacement. Solenoids will read resistance with a meter. The resistance should be the same for both soloenoids. If either one of them reads open the water valve must be replaced.

If the steps above do resolve your problem, respond here and I will help you at that time.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Apr 16, 2011 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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when starting the washer the water that fills the machine comes out with very little water


Check to see if there's good water volume coming through the hoses attached to the washing machine. If there is, check to see if the screens inside the water-inlet valve are clean. (The water-inlet valve is the device on the washing machine that the fill hoses are attached to.) If they're clean, you probably have a defective water-inlet valve. If so, you should completely replace the valve.

Mar 20, 2011 | Amana Washing Machines

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Slow water delivery into machine


Check to see if there's good water volume coming through the hoses attached to the washing machine. If there is, check to see if the screens inside the water-inlet valve are clean. (The water-inlet valve is the device on the washing machine that the fill hoses are attached to.) If they're clean, you probably have a defective water-inlet valve. If so, you should completely replace the valve.

Q - My washer fills slowly with water, what can I do ?
A - Two things could be your problem...
1) - sometimes the screens in the fill valve or inside the ends of the fill hose get clogged up...use a tooth brush to clean them out. Don't forget to shut off the water first before removing the hoses to check for this.
2) - The fill valve itself may not be opening fully = time for a new fill valve.

Mar 14, 2009 | Fisher Washing Machines

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