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I was not getting any cold water to my washing machine. i checked the hose, screen (both clear- theyre new hoses) when pulling the knob with the cold water setting water would start to fill the basin and then stop. i could then hear humming from the valve/sylenoid. I replaced both the inlet water valve/sylenoid and i still have the same problem. what else could it be and how much am i looking at spending?

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Ok, generally, the issue will be between the valve, or the main control sector. You have replaced the valve, so the only component that can cause this will be the actual main control sector. The control sector can be a timer module, or a control board. I recommend to replace the control sector, asap. The price range for this type of control device will be around the $195.00 mark. Possibly less, depending on where you purchase the device,

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