Have you ever found yourself making this statement? If so this is the page for you. On this page I will explain why your washing machine takes so long to fill with water. How to stop your washing machine from taking so long to fill with water and how to prevent your washing machine from taking so long to fill with water in the future. Below you will find step by step instructions with pictures showing you why your washing machine takes forever to fill with water. Some times it is just the hot water that takes forever to fill, most times it is the cold water that takes forever to fill, and sometimes it is the hot water and the cold water that takes forever to fill into your washing machine. The very quick and simple answer to why your washing machine takes so long to fill with water is, the screen in the back of the washing machine is clogged. All of the images below are thumbnails you will see a larger version of the image by clicking on the image.
|With the screen removed you see the little hole the water goes through to inter the washing machine, it is very important that nothing gets into this solenoid valve, the smallest particle will cause the solenoid valve to remain open causing a flood.|
|Take the time to clean it out with a Q tip making sure it is clean.|
|Now clean and reshape the old screen or get your new screen ready to install|
|Place the new screen into the solenoid valve make sure that it fills the whole area and there is no way water can get around the side of it.|
|This is how it should look in the back of your washing machine.|
|Now reconnect the hose and turn the water back on to make sure you do not have any leaks.|
|Now you should have good flow going into your washing machine.|
|Have a closer look at how the water should flow. in this case only the cold water is flowing, in this case Only the cold water was filling very slow.|
|If you found the screen clean or cleaned the screen and the water still is not flowing, it may be the washing machine fill valve|
Thanks Tom, but I already know how to replace or clean the screen because I have to do it every other week or more because it keeps getting clogged, how do I stop this from happening.
You need to install a whole house sediment filter as the water comes into your home from the city. If you have a well you need to install the whole house sediment filter just after the well tank. this will prevent the sediment from getting into the lines in the first place.
Thanks Tom But I cleaned out the screen and I still get very slow water flow in to my washing machine, why?
Some washing machine hoses have build in screens check both ends of the washing machine hoses and clean or replace the screens in them.
Should I just remove the screen, so that I wont have to be bothered with it?
Only if you want a $1,000.00 water bill and a flood. the solenoid valve will fail if sediment gets inside of it.