Question about Washing Machines
Posted by Anonymous on
Hi this will usually be the result of a failed inlet assembly. Use the procedure below to isolate the culprit.
The water inlet valve can be identified by the water hoses connected to it at the back of the washer. Start by turning off the water supply at the valves on the wall. Disconnect both hoses from the back of the washer. Place the hoses into a bucket and turn them on to confirm that you are getting good water pressure and to clear out any debris from the line.
Next; Inspect the filter screens on both the hoses and the inlet valve for debris build up. If you find any debris, clean it out. Use caution to avoid damaging the filter screens because the screens in the valve are not replaceable.
If debris was not present then proceed to the next step of testing the solenoids. Access to the valve may be easiest by opening the top or the back of the washer, depending upon make and model.
There are two wires connected to each solenoid on the water inlet valve. Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip-on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals ( Be sure to not pull the wires). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.
Use a multimeter to test for continuity. Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. A reading of infinity indicates a bad solenoid that must be replaced. Different brands and models will have various measurements, but the valve should show some resistance if it is functioning properly. Test the second one in the same way as the first.
Posted on Jul 20, 2010
See if you hear the buzzing of the water inlet valve when you turn it on. It's at the back where the water connects to the washer. If you hear it then it's not opening and needs to be replaced. Be sure to try cold and hot. One of the valves may work.
It you don't hear it your pressure switch could be bad. Your pressure switch stops and allows it to start the water and allows it to start the next cycle. It's a switch either in the control panel or at the top of the tub with a small tube connected to it which goes down between the inner and outer tub. As the water level increases the air in the tube is compressed until there is enough pressure to make the switch stopping the water.
The lid safety switch can be bad. You can bypass it by connecting the two wires to it and seeing if it works.
Posted on Jul 20, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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