Question about Washing Machines
The machine is slow to take in both hot and cold water.
Slow fill problems are usually attributed to a clogged inlet valve. If you live in an area that has hard water, or if you use well water, it is common for the inlet valve to become clogged with rust or sediment over a period time. Follow these steps:
- First, you need to make sure the fill hoses are not kinked. Many home owners push the washing machine too far against the wall in an attempt to save space and unknowingly kink the inlet hoses. Leave about a foot of space between the washer and the wall to prevent this.
- Next make sure you are getting the proper water pressure through the fill hoses by removing them from the back of the washer and placing them inside the wash tub. Turn on the water back on and see if water comes through the hoses unobstructed and forceful.
- If you have good water pressure, and the hoses are not kinked or clogged, check the inlet screens on the back of the washer (this is where the fill hoses connect). Clean them (if necessary) with cotton swabs to remove any debris. You can attempt to remove the valve and flush it with distilled vinegar too. Vinegar is often used to remove hard water deposits and can help in some situations.
- If all preliminary steps do not work, I would recommend replacing the inlet valve.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please post you make and model number along with any additional questions, so I may be able to assist you better.
Posted on Nov 08, 2008
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