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Cold water no flow on Kenmore front load washer

Machine runs fine on hot or warm water settings. Problem is it runs dry when set to cold water. Supply lines are OK and water valve tested as OK.

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  • jason_wiebe Dec 31, 2008

    Hose works, not clogged, I took out the water valve and had it tested. It works fine.

  • jason_wiebe Jan 01, 2009

    I like replacing valves more than following the wires. Perhaps because I am better with a screwdriver than a circuit tester.

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Check cold hose to see if it is clogged or the filter in the end of it is. Make sure water freely coming out from the tap. If that is all ok then replace the watter control valve on the cold side.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

  • Thomas F. Schneider Jan 01, 2009

    If their is noi kink in the hose and the valve is working fine then the control that tells the valve to work or the wiring leading to the valve needs to be tested next.

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