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Washing Machine Repair: What to Do When the Water Won’t Fill

Washing machine repair can seem like a daunting task – especially because washing machines are so important to our daily lives! Gone are the days when we had to soak our clothes first, scrub them, and then rinse them. All these tasks are now handled by one washing machine. And the day the washing machine does not work is a day when our whole schedule goes awry.

There are times when the washer does not fill with water properly. Before you panic and call a washer repair company, or before you start thinking of hand-washing the day’s pile of dirty clothes, here are a few easy washing machine repair tricks.

 

Checking if Washing Machine Repairs are Necessary

  • Is your washer lid closed? Repairing might not be necessary! Before you start worrying, simply be sure to close the washer lid, as some washers do not fill up if the lid is open.
  • Check the hot and cold water valves: Check the valves for the main water supply behind your washer. There are two valves – hot and cold. Sometimes these valves may not have been opened properly if you have just installed a new washing machine or shifted your machine around the house. Also, some washers do not operate if only one valve is open. Just a simple check will help solve your problem, without the need for washer repair!

 

Tips on How to Repair a Washing Machine

  • Clear the washer fill valve for a quick washer repair: Once you know that the main supply valve is turned on completely, check your washer fill valve to see if there is something stopping the water supply.If there is debris in the fill valve, it can stop the water supply in the washer. A quick test is to unplug the washer, pull it forward, and then disconnect the fill hoses from the washer fill valve. If you notice debris around the washer fill valve screen, it is wise to deal with this immediately – it can flood your house!
  • Clean the hoses: Repairing a washing machine can be as easy as just giving the washer a good clean! Flush the hoses disconnected from the washer fill valve. As soon as you remove a hose, just place it in a bucket. If you see any debris inside, you can try removing it with a toothbrush.
  •  Clean the washer filter: If the filter gets clogged with clothing fibres, this can cause washing machine problems. To avoid more time-consuming and expensive repairs, switch off the washer and unplug the wire. Remove the hoses from the back of the washer; you’ll be able to see all the dirt settled in the inlet valve. Clean it! Now, connect the hoses again and switch on your washer.
  • Check the wires: Sometimes a wire comes loose or there is a broken connection, and so the washer will not fill. Check to make sure that no wires to the washer water valve are loose or broken. You may be able to fix this yourself, but if not, you can ask a technician. It’s also easier for a technician to decide how to repair your washing machine if you can tell him exactly what’s wrong with it!

If none of these washing machine repair tips help your machine run smoothly again, then it’s time to call your technician to fix it. If your washer is under warranty, you will save money on the repair cost.