Question about Washing Machines
I have had some problem with grit / dirt clogging up our screen to the point that every 4 weeks or so the cold water pressure diminshes significantly enough that I have to take the hose off and clean the clogged screen. Sounds like a lot but it doesn't take much debri to cause the screen problem. The last time I damaged the screen to the point of no return and put the hose on sans damaged screen. It worked fine. I thought that might be a solution Now a week later the cold water will not stop running into the washer at a constant flow with washer off. Any ideas what I messed up or what to replace. Think the fine sand like dirt got into something down the line?
The water inlet valve (also known as a mixing valve) is more than likely your culprit. If the water continues to run into the washer, the only thing that controls the water flow (besides the tap) is the inlet valve. If you live in an area that has hard water, or if you use well water, rust or sediment can be a common problem. If any has gotten beyond the sediment screens, dirt or debris may be preventing the small diaphragm inside the valve solenoid from closing properly. This will cause the valve to leak by. I would recommend you replace the valve since the screens are damaged. For future reference, clean with a cotton swab dipped in distilled vinegar. It does a good job at getting rid of deposits. If you post back with your COMPLETE model number, I can provide you with a part number and step-by-step instructions on how to replace it. In addtition, if you you're getting a lot of sediment, I may also recommend that you install an in line filter somewhere before the supply lines that lead to your washer. A whole house filter is a wise choice for this. This will prevent you from having frequent fill problems. I hope you find this information helpful.
Posted on Oct 02, 2008
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