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My washer fills extremely slow and I need to change the inlet valve. How do I get to this?

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It's on the back of the washer. The hoses which are connected to the water supply also connect to the water inlet valve on the other end of the hose. You'll probably have to remove a rear panel to access it where the hoses go in the back.

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- First, you need to make sure the fill hoses are not kinked. Many home owners push the washing machine too far against the wall in an attempt to save space and unknowingly kink the inlet hoses. Leave about a foot of space between the washer and the wall to prevent this.
- Next make sure you are getting the proper water pressure through the fill hoses by removing them from the back of the washer and placing them inside the wash tub. Turn on the water back on and see if water comes through the hoses unobstructed and forceful.
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- If all preliminary steps do not work, I would recommend replacing the inlet valve.

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