Kenmore 80 Series Top Load Water feeds very slowly. Recently had a plumbing issue with a faucet and got the wll water tank stirred up. I had to clean out the aerator filter on two faucets. Is there a screen to clean out on this washer? If so, how do I aceess? If no, what could the problem be?
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Re: 80 Series Top Load\ Water Feed
There may be a screen in the inlet pipe where it joins the back of the machine. Also check that the inlet pipe is clear and running water correctly before connecting it back on the machine. If this is OK you may have an issue with the inlet valve not opening fully. This is quite a common issue and will need the inlet valve repalcing.
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The chances are that this is one of the rubbers in the inley valve vibrating at a high frequency as water rushes past it. Usually the result of high water pressure, though occasionally low pressure (But I would expect you to describe that as a low humm, so lets presume the pressure is a bit high).
Your machine may be cold fill only or hot AND cold fill. The chances are highest that the COLD feed is the issue (Hot water is usually at a lower pressure) so start there. Try reducing the pressure to the feed, if you have no specific way of doing this, then simply go to the isolator valve where the feed pipe to the machine meets the plumbing and slowly turn it off. as you turn the lever on the valve, the noise will probably reduce long before you have actually isolated the water supply completely. Leave the isolator valve lever in that position.
Might be a bad inlet valve. To confirm, swap the hot and cold hoses to your washer so that the cold water feeds the hot water connection and the hot water feeds the cold water connection. Turn off both hot and cold water faucets. Set the washer for a warm water wash. Turn on the cold water faucet, and check the flow. Then turn off the cold water faucet, and turn on the hot water faucet and check the flow. If the cold water flow fill slowly, then the problem is with the inlet valve.
It an easy part to obtain from an appliance supply house. To install disconnect the hoses to the back of the machine, and remove the back panel to get access to the valve. Should only take a couple of minutes to remove and install. Hope this helps you.
Check the inlet hoses for plugged screens at the faucet ends. The screens are usually replaceable if you can't get them clean in a white vinegar/hot water solution. Check the inlet ports to the washer for similar screens. Hope this helps!
This might be a possible tank pressure issue. This could also be a clogged filter. I would first check the tank pressure by using the following steps
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The screens in the line are clogged. There is usually a screen in the washer hose at the point where it is connected to the faucet as well as one by the water inlet valve. NEVER REMOVE THE SCREEN BY THE WATER VALVE. As for the one in the cold water fill hose, that can be cleaned or replaced.
It could be air if you recently had the water off at the main and let the pipes drain, but this would go away after a short while. It is most likely either a feed line from the wall to the faucet flexing when the pressure and hitting something under the sink or a water line in the wall that may have not been strapped properly to the stud when installed. They bounce around sometimes if not secured. Hopefully the feed line as the second is a bit more work to correct.