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My front loader doesn't use enough water.

We can't get our cloths clean because the washer want fill with water. It's leaving soap in the cloths even if we add extra rinse cycles. We have been using the Tide 2HE the same soap that came packed with the machine. We have reduced the amount of soap that we use to two tablespoons and we still have dried soap in the cloths. We proved this by washing clean cloths without adding any soap to the machine. It filled with suds even though we didn't add any soap.
We've tried adding water to the machine through the soap despencing drawer through each wash and rinse cycle and the machine will work ok when it has enough water. Even the bad smell is gone now that we've done this for awhile but this takes too much work to monitor the machine and add water manually. Can anyone tell me how to make the machine use more water? We have been filling our machine to the bottom of the indented portion of the glass door and it works fine this way. Our cloths smell fresh again and there is no more foul smell coming from the washer!!!

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For low water volume - or "Trickling" effect...
1. Turn off the water supply to both hoses.
2. Remove hoses (one at a time so you don't get them confused)
3. On the washer side - look for a removeable screen inside wher you just removed the hose.
4. Using a small screwdriver - pop out the screen and reverse-flush it/clean it. It will likely be full of sediment and calcium deposits from your pipes.
5. Replace the inlet screens.
6. Re-fit the hose to the machine.
7. Turn on water supply valves.
8. re-try.

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