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No water fill when any wash mode is selected

When I choose any wash setting on the dial and pull the knob, I get a humming sound but no water. If I move the dial to a rinse mode it starts filling. Help

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  • mark_wasko Nov 21, 2008

    why would the rinse then ?


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 some small clothes can actually make there way into the pump and jam the pump, or make a terrible noise when the pump is running. Grab a flash light and have a peek inside the washer for this. Front load washers seem very common to this happen!

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Check the water supplies at the back.

If you have both hot and cold water supplies, the hot water is not coming, that is the reason why only fills at rinse.

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    Ginko Nov 21, 2008

    If the machine is not a self heating model, check the water supplies at the back.

    If you have both hot and cold water supplies, the hot water is not coming, that is the reason why only fills at rinse.

    If the water hose at the back are connected properly, and there is water flowing into the machine, or if machine is self heating and has supply only for cold water, then it is probably a faulty heating element or thermistor, and the cycle is not advancing because the machine does not heat the water.

    Also a faulty inlet valve and a faulty control can rarely give you same problem.

    If you want to call a technician you can use the number listed on the owner manual.

    If you need parts and diagrams to DIY, try entering your model number on this website.

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    Ginko Nov 21, 2008

    Water on rinse it is flowing because on rinse you need cold water, if the appliance does not fill in the first part of the program it means that the WM has a problem with hot water.

    Depending on the model it is either a problem with the water supply, or a problem with the internal heating system, either because of a faulty element ( does not heat water but does not fill) or a faulty thermistor (water heating up but does not fill).

  • Penny Kelly Oct 09, 2012

    What if the cold water/rinse cycle is the problem? The water just trickles it would take days to fill at that speed. We have two of these and both them have the same problem. We have taken the hoses off put them back on with no luck. Suggestions?


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