A washer that is not filling with the correct water temperature of water or even no water at all, could be due to a defective part on the washer. However, it could also be due to a problem with the home’s water pressure. Here’s how to troubleshoot.
Check the Washer’s Water Inlet Fill Hoses
Over time, tiny screens on the ends of the hoses that supply water to the washer can get clogged with sediment and minerals from the water supply. The hoses can also become kinked and if made of rubber can corrode or bubble. Inspect the hoses for any defects and replace if leaking, bubbling or corroded.
Disconnect the hoses from the back of the washer and place the hoses in a sink or a bucket. Turn on the water to see what sort of water flow you get from the hoses. Check the ends of the screen for dirt and build up and try cleaning the screens on the end or replace them with a new hose washer screen. Sometimes the screens cannot be cleaned and will need to be replaced or the entire hose will need to be replaced.
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve controls the hot and cold water filling the washer. Tiny mesh screens on the water inlet valve block sediment from entering into the part. Over time, the screens can become clogged. The water inlet valve also has two solenoids that control the hot and cold water supply. These solenoids can become defective, leading to a lack of hot or cold water filling the washer. Replace the defective part with a new water inlet valve.
Water Temperature Selector Switch
The water temperature or selector switch selects the water temperature entering the tub. If it fails, you may not have the correct water temperature entering the tub. The switch can be tested for continuity using a multimeter and replaced if defective.
Water Level Pressure Switch
The washer level pressure switch monitors the water level in the washing machine. If it is defective, it may not allow power to the water inlet valve which would allow water to enter the washer’s tub. The pressure switch can be tested for continuity using a multimeter and replaced if defective.
Is It Your Home’s Water Pressure?
Problems with water pressure could be caused by clogged pipes or a water pressure valve handle being closed or only partially open. Be sure to check the valve handle and adjust. You can ask your local water department for a pressure reading or purchase a pressure gauge and check it yourself.
Read more about How to Increase Water Pressure in Your House.
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