Question about Washing Machines
You may have gotten some sediment in the water inlet valve which is clogging or restricting the cold water solenoid. If you live in an area that has hard water, or if you use well water, this is common problem. The valve has separate solenoids controlling the water flow. One for hot, and one for cold. If you turn off the water supply and remove the hoses from the back of the washer, you can see the sediment screens on each solenoid valve. You can try cleaning them while the valve is installed to see if this will correct some of your flow problem. Also, check the fill hoses. Some hoses have restrictor screens in them which can also become clogged.
If that doesn't work, you may also attempt to clean the valve by removing it and placing it in a 50/50 solution of distilled vinegar and water. Allow it to soak for about a 30 minutes. Mix a solution in a container and submerge the valve portion only, leaving the electrical contacts dry. After 30 minutes flush with warm water. Sometimes this works, sometimes the valve needs replaced. You may want to replace the valve altogether if you're going to go the route of removing it. This will eliminate the guess work and save yourself from having to repeat these steps twice. The following link explains how:
Replacements can be purchased on line at appliancepartspros.com, searspartsdirect.com, repairclinic.com, or pcappliancerepair.com. All these sites offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop around for the best price.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
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