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How to clean inlet filters?

I overdid it on the washer today and put in rugs that had way too much actual dirt. Duh. Anyway, I think the water inlet screens need cleaning but have no idea where they are. I also can't figure out how to pop the top on this machine (or do I remove the back with all those screws?) I think the top hinges back? Don't want to call the Sears man..... (Hector's a nice guy, but the call fee is huge and will be at least a week before they can come out). Many thanks

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Re: How to clean inlet filters?

I don't think inlet filters are going to solve your problem. Does the machine fill normally? If not, this was probably caused by mineral deposits and not the dirty rugs. It may just be a coincidence that a fill problem occurred at the same time. The inlet screens are located in the fill valves. You would have to shut the water supply off and disconnect the hoses to see them. There is a small screen inside each water inlet on the back of the washer. Washing heavily soiled items would not have anything to do with clogging the inlet lines. Now...if you overdid it with some heavy duty items like rugs, it would be reasonable to suspect that you may have clogged the pumps. I believe there are two pumps on the Oasis. One is a drain pump, and I think the other one is a recirc pump. You shouldn't have to open the top of the machine to get to them. The pumps can both be accessed by tilting the machine back and looking UNDER the washer. As you are looking from the front of the washer, the drain pump will be in the right rear of the machine and the recirc pump will be in the left rear. If you wish to check them, follow these steps: 1. Unplug washer. 2. Drain as much water as you can through the drain hose by using a shop vac. If the drain pump is clogged, this may not be possible. Or, it may take a little extra time. Otherwise, you may have a mess of water when you disconnect the hoses. 3. Disconnect hoses from pump(s) and look for any obstructions. You will have to tilt the machine backwards to accomplish this. You also will need to pull the machine away from the wall far enough so it will rest against the wall when you lean it back. Or, get the assistance of another person to help hold the machine back. 4. Carefully, disconnect wire harness from pump and remove mounting bolts. Remove each pump and look inside the impeller section. This is where dirt, sand and foreign objects generally get lodged. 5. Reinstall following the reverse order of the steps described. Now...if you go through all these measures and don't find anything, there is a filter in the wash tub under the inner basket. Cleaning this would require the removal of the nunator (agitator), tub ring and inner basket to get to. I can explain the steps to you if you like, but I don't know if this is something you would want to try to attempt. Cleaning the pumps and hoses is one ting, but removing the wash basket and other components can be a bit involved. Check the pumps first and let me know if you need further assistance. I hope this helps you.

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