Fixing Washing Machine That Fills Slowly

Clean clothes are what most people take for granted; however, when the washing machine breaks, the difficulties arise. There are many reasons why a certain machine does not work. While some of them require professional attention, others can be easily fixed yourself.

Required Tools

Usually, you do not need a full set of plumbing tools to fix the slow washing machine problem. In many cases, all that is required is:

  •  a nut driver
  • a pocket knife
  • and pliers.
pliers and screwdriver

Water Valves

One of the most common reasons why your machine is not filling with water or filling slowly is that the water valves are clogged or the valve itself is faulty.

Water Inlet Valve

Check the Fill Valve Screen

The first thing to do if you think that the valve screen is clogged is to clean it. To do that, you need to unplug your machine, turn it around, and disconnect the hoses. Once you have done this, you should check the screens of the hoses. If you see that there is some debris on the screens, you should remove it with a pocket knife and clean water.

When you have completed this stage, attach the hoses back. After plugging the machine in, start any cycle to see whether the machine is filling with water properly. If this does not help, the chances are that the valve should be replaced.

inlet screen

Release the Fill Valve

If you decide to change the valve yourself, you need to detach it first. Using a screwdriver, you can remove the screws that keep the valve on the side of your washer.
Do not start the process of removal until your machine is plugged off!
Open the Top

After you have unscrewed the metal screws that hold the valve, you need to open the top of your machine.

Replace the Valve

After opening the lid of your machine, you need to take the broken valve out. It is essential that while you are changing the wires to make sure that the new wires fit well.

You should loosen the hose clamp so that you can twist it out of the broken valve to install a new one. After that, you should clamp the hose to the new valve. It is recommended to use pliers for this purpose to ensure that the hose is properly attached to the valve.

The process is fairly simple as long as you follow all the steps one by one. After installing the new valves, you can attach the hoses and check how the machine works.

Water Fill Hoses

Another issue that may prevent your machine from filling with water properly is the bent or clogged water fill hoses. If you turn your machine and make sure that the hoses are not bent or broken, you should check whether there is any build-up inside them. If the hoses are clogged, you need to change them to solve the issue.

Water Fill Hoses

Clogged Filter Screens

There are also inlet or filter screens that filter the water that goes into the machine. If the filter screens are clogged, the chances are that the machine will be filling with water slowly.
To check whether this is the issue that you face, you need to detach the hoses from the valves. If you see any gunk stuck on the screens, you should clean it or change the screens.

filter inside washer

Inlet Valve Bad Solenoid

There are two solenoids in the machine. Their main purpose is to let the water in your washer. If your solenoid has gone bad, you will hear a buzzing when the machine is filling with water. To repair the solenoid, you should seek professional help.

valve solenoid

Clogged Valve

There are cases when the machine is not filling with water because of the inlet valve itself if it is clogged. The best way to deal with the problem would be to clean the valve gently if possible.

Repairing a Belt-Drive

It needs to be noted that all the belt-drive machines are different; however, in most cases, the described above methods may help you deal with the stated issue. If the problem persists after you have tried these methods, then you should use your warranty to have your washing machine fixed. Even if there is no warranty at hand, the cost of the repair shouldn’t be too high.

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