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We have a Maytag A612 washer. Today it wouldn't fill all the way with cold water (for a cold water load). If I hit the Warm or Hot button, it resumes filling with Hot water, but I don't want Hot so I hit Cold, and it sorta stops...it makes a bit of noise, and looks as if it is filling very slowly. If I push the dial in, it stops. I filled it with cold from a bucket, till it stopped the noise, and when I closed the lid it agitates ok. When it went to rinse, it would not fill, so I filled it with a bucket again and I assume it'll end ok. For the past several months, it would sometimes leak water on to the floor underneath it. I really don't think they're related... Where do I start to diagnose this further & fix it?

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  • stanstr Sep 06, 2010

    I did not think it'd be a screen, but I checked anyway. There was only a very slight bit of stuff in there. I cleaned it and it made no difference at all.

    The problem happened suddenly - Cold worked as it should for our first load of wash today and then not anymore.

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Turn off the cold water faucet.
Remove the water hose from the machine and the faucet.
Clean out the filter screen in the washer water valve.
Look in the hose for a secondary screen and clean it also if one if there.
Not all hoses have screens.
All water valves do have screens.

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

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    steve Sep 12, 2010

    Your timer is at fault.

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