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Why is my washer slow filling up with water

My washer takes 45min to fill up

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Slow fill problems can usually be attributed to a clogged or defective water inlet valve (also known as a mixing valve). If you live in an area that has hard water, or if you are using well water, there's a good chance you have sediment or rust build up in the water inlet valve. Sometimes a good cleaning is all that takes to correct this problem. The inlet valve is located where the fill hoses are connected. Accessing it will depend upon the make and model of you washer. Since you posted no model number, the instructions I'm providing are generic in nature. If you wish to clean the valve, do the following:

1. Unplug the washer and turn off the water supply at the taps.
2. Disconnect the fill hoses and inspect the sediment screens on the fill valve (located on the back of the washer).
3. Using cottom swabs, you can clean the sediment screens using some distilled vinegar. If the valve is heavily encrusted with hard water deposits, using a toothpick (along with the distilled vinegar) can help break up these deposits and clear the screens.

You may have to remove the entire inlet valve and let it soak in distilled vinegar to break up serious deposits. If it comes to that, open the washer to access the fill valve and disconnect the electrical connectors on the valve solenoids (there's usually two of them). Remove the rubber hose leading to the dispenser, and then remove the mounting screw(s) holding the valve in place. It comes out pretty easily. DO NOT submerge the entire valve when allowing it to soak. Keep the solenoid connectors as dry as possible. If the vinegar does not work, you may try some retail products that get rid of scale, rust and lime deposits. Although I do not get into the business of promoting any one product over another, CLR comes to mind as a product that does work well.

If you do not wish to go through all of this and/or cleaning does not work for you. It is recommended that you replace the valve. Let me know what you decide to and I can assist you further. I hope this is helpful to you.

PS A replacement water inlet valve generally costs in the neighborhood of $30 - $50.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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