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My dishwasher is not filling up with water?

GE dishwasher...it hums and heats but is not getting water. Please help. Texas resident

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If the water seems to be flowing in slow, I would turn off your water supply to your dishwasher, then disconnect your water line to your inlet water valve, then check the screen on the inlet water valve, its most likely clogged.

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