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Machine does not fill with water

On starting any cycle, following the tablet droping, the nachine does not fill with water. The cycle goes through as nornam without water. Cosequently the dishes do not get washed!

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  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2007

    machine keeps draining forever , the machine was dirty I rinse the tub . there was water also under the bottom tray so I cleaned.

  • patel sandip Nov 18, 2007

    very little water come through when machine start then stop water filling ,wash cycle minute not change and machine keep running .solenoid got power all time checking with meter.

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2008

    water is turned on but no water goes into the dishwasher. I think the solinoid valve may be the problem but I dont know where it is or how to get to it. I am on a small island in the Bahamas.

  • swailo May 10, 2008

    I have the same problem. My dishwasher starts and runs through the prewash, then drains and that's it. The dishwasher sounds as though it's trying to go through the whole cycle, but I don't get any additional water. Of course, my dishes are not clean and what's more - the heat from the element dries the dirt onto the dishes. Honestly, the dishes seem worse when they come out than when they went in!!

  • m-hamblin Jul 21, 2008

    The cycle goes through as normal without water.cosequently the dishes do not get wash.The dishwashing liquid just runs down the door.What can I do to fix the problem?

  • b19mon Sep 02, 2008

    Machine doesn,t fill with water. All the Lights flashing on left hand side. Machine doesn,t go through cycle. Suggested it could be water pump?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Try to start the wash process, but doesn't want to fill with water

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Cycle starts but no water fills and then cuts out after 3 mins with beeping audible alarm



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I had a Zanussi d/w up until about 5 years ago and there were two perennial problems that required attention. First of all, there was a double solenoid inlet valve for the water supply at the back, one part was the main fill, the other was a supply to the water softener - big plastic lump in the bottom under the salt filler. The main fill solenoid would fail about every 2 years and I would buy a replacement directly from Zanussi for about £10. I believe the failure may have been due to the fact that the machine was filled from the hot supply. This was allowed in the specification but the higher temperature may have led to failure. (Side note) In any case, it is better to fill dishwashers with cold water anyway because during the initial part of the wash cycle proteins are rinsed off rather than being stuck on the items, and secondly, heating from cold increases the contact time of the wash detergent solution and also improves results. If the solenoid controlling the supply to the water softener has failed, it may well lead to the phenomenon you are seeing because the regeneration cycle happens after the wash in most machines. If you feel comfortable about using a mains tester(a neon screwdriver one would do) and can *safely* reach the solenoid with power on and the machine the right way up, then you could see whether power is reaching the regeneration side of the valve or not. If it is, and water is not entering then you have the culprit. Another area that affects filling is the level switch. Generally these are pneumatically operated device looking like a flat drum, about 8cm across and 1cm or so thick. They are generally mounted up high in the machine or door and have two or three wires on terminals and a small flexible plastic tube leading somewhere into the wet area of the machine. As the water level rises, water goes part way up the tube and air above it operates the switch to turn off the water. Sometimes there are two levels used and hence two switches inside this assembly working at different pressures. One could have gone. Another problem is that gunk can get in the lower part of the tube and reduce or block it from detecting. and generally this results in no filling at all. Hope this helps!

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GE washer, hit start, motor turns on, but no water filling the tub, lights blinking ( normal wash and heat dry lights)

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the water-inlet solenoid valve is inoperative-replace it

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I don't know if its hooked up to hot water or if it heats the water itself, but it was always hot and loads of steam at the end of the cycle, now there is no steam when I open the door and the dishes feel cold and wet! Not sure what's going on!

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