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Water valves not opening at start of wash cycle

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  • bobdog296 Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same issue. I ordered the pump and the diverter valve to have on hand if the suggestions don't fix it.

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First check to see if anythng is blocking the screens in hose, both sides. Machine valve inlet also. See if the water flows well before fitting the hose back, the flow shd be pretty good. If this does not work if wires to the valve are fitted okay. If all these dont work, change valve, can be fitted easily. Machine make, part number if possible, while looking for replacement

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

  • prem mathew Apr 06, 2008

    Plug off the wall, see that the wires connected to the valve are fitted well (the old valve that is) before you replace. Perhaps the wires could hv come loose.

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