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I have a top load GE washer only about 18 months old, model WDRR2500K3WW. Problem is the water just trickles in and takes forever to feel and begin the wash cycle. I disconnected both hot and cold hoses and checked the screens and they were okay. I noticed that there are white plastic restrictors or filters of some sort inside the inlets where the hoses connect to the machine. Can these be removed to permit better water flow, or are they a necessary safeguard? I didn't try removing them, as I'm not sure if they would break in the attempt. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My electric bill was unusually high last month and I believe the extended operation of the machine may be the culprit. Thank you. Don

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

The fine filters should not be removed from the inlet pipes; they are there to protect the workings and, providing they are checked/cleared occasionally, will not restrict water flow.
I think your problem is being caused by a malfunctioning water control valve- the hot water one, if the washer is hot and cold fill and the cold rinses are OK, and the cold one if it is just cold fill!
Sorry but it needs replacing and a service call to confirm that it is not something else ;-0(
Sometimes washers take much longer for the wash cycle because the heating element is caked with limescale and is inefficient (with electricity). A good thing to do (anyway), with the machine empty and switched off, is to pour the contents of a couple of sachets of limescale remover into the tub together with a couple of kettles of hot water and leave overnight. In the morning run a spin cycle which will take the mix through the drain filter and motor, doing absolutely no harm whatsoever!
Good luck,
John C

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

  • dstouthamer Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks John. After my posting I removed the hot and cold water hoses and although the screens did not appear dirty, the cold water screen had a slight bit of orange (probably iron) on it. I cleaned them and checked to see if there were ant blockages inside the hoses by running water through tem. I reconnected the hoses not really expecting any difference, but low and behold, the water is flowing like a waterfall. Thanks again for your reply.

    Don in NJ, USA

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