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No cold rinse, only hot

My 1 year old Admiral top loading washing machine washes fine in all cycles-hot, warm, cool, and cold. But it will not rinse in cold water. All cycles are supposed to be cold rinse. When the rinse cycle begins, only hot water flows, the cold is completely off. The hoses are 1 year old, screens are perfectly clean. I tried turning off the hot water, to see what would happen, and the machine just stops-no water flow whatsoever. It has done this since it was new, but we never took action on it till now.

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Either the wires have come loose on the water valve or you have a defective water valve.Open the lid and look at the water valve. Are all wires connected?
If yes, replace the water valve.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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