Slow Running Cold Water in Washing Machine

Slow Running Cold Water in Washing Machine

Q. Lately, whenever we run a load of clothes in the washing machine on the cold setting, the water just trickles into the machine.  The cold water flow from all of the other faucets is normal.  My husband has tried to clear the line into the washing machine, but cannot find any debris.  Does anyone out there have any ideas on what is wrong and how we can fix it ourselves?  Thanks!

A.  We had the same problem and this is what we do every few months now.  Turn the water off and disconnect the hose from the washing machine.  Inside the hose connection at the washing machine are small screens.  they need to be pulled out with a pick or tweezers (be careful not to damage them) and cleaned.   Sediment and water deposits settle there and prevent the flow of the water.  Hope this works for you! –Isabelle

A.  There are some little screens in the ends of your hoses that may be clogged. –Judy

A.  Have you tried checking the water filter trap screens on the back of the machine where the hoses are connected? Sometimes they get clogged with hard water deposits.  –Jay


A.  We just had this problem.  It was a part called the water inlet valve, where the hoses connect to the washing machine.  It was a $15-20 part.  Write down the model # of your washer and go to an appliance parts store.  I figured this out by going to

A.  Mine did this also.  I pulled the hose off of the washer, the cold water hose, and removed the screen that goes into the washer.  It didn’t look that dirty, but cleaned it anyway.  That fixed it.

A.  Behind our machine, right where the hose meets the washing machine line, there is a filter.  It’s a tiny wire filter, but my dh takes it out whenever I think the water flow is slowing down, and I clean it.  He puts it back in and it’s as good as new.  Other than that, I don’t know what to tell you.  Hope it helps!! ~Jonna~

A.  This happened to me a few years ago. First, we checked the screen at the end of the hose, to make sure it wasn’t clogged. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a switch in the machine, which regulates the incoming hot and cod water. The switch cost $25 (4 years ago) + labor for a total of $80. Hopefully, your husband is handy and can replace the switch himself. (Mine was working out of town at the time…) L. Rehrig


  1. Woolval says

    I found my inlet clogged with rust and debris that obviously came from my cold water outlet. . To remove the screen on the inlet of my LG waher I had to pull it out with needle nose plies. This wasn’t easy because of the crap that built up around it, lodging it in place. But, once I got it out, all the rust and debris out, cleaned the LG screen, reinstalled it… water flowed MUCH faster! This will actually make washing go faster because my washer won’t need to wait as long for the water level to rise.

    Thanks to all who posted this fix before me.

    FYI: I got into this after replacing my bearing on my LG front load washer. I should have looked at the inlet screen when I had the washer in my garage. It’s a tighter fit and more difficult to work on in my tiny laundry room.

    Best link to bearing replacement:

  2. Sara says

    I did this today, and my washer runs like new now!!!!!! Thank you. I was planning on buying a new washer just because of the water flow. I wonder how many others bought a new washer not knowing this.

  3. Kev says

    Just had the same problem with my inlet valve. Swapped it out, not because of sediment collecting, but due to corrosion on the coils. So if your hoses are clear, and the screen is also, check the coils.

    Also, it’s a wise idea to swap out any hoses made of rubber for steel or threaded ones instead. Will last longer, and have almost zero potential for rupturing.

  4. linda says

    My moms washer would not stop filling up with water. Now the cold water will not run into the washer but the hot water will. I say its the water inlet valve.

    • Mark says

      If the water won’t stop filling with water than u have a setting problem. The load size setting is actually controlled by air pressure. If u remove the front cover of the machine, u should see a long clear rubber tube on the left side of the drum that is plugged into a overflowbox on the side of the washer drum. The tube runs all the way back up to ur load setting switch. (No need to actually follow it, just an f.y.i.)Sometimes that hose gets gummed up with sludge, not allowing the machine to read the correct air pressure. Pull the hose off the box on the machine drum, clean out the end of it with a pick and reattach the hose. The air pressure will be read accurately and the machine will stop filling as it should.

  5. bev says

    I have cleaned both ends of water lines into washer, still extra slow. Is there somewhere on the washer that is constricting the water flow?

    • kBev Fretheim says

      the water lines are cleaned on both ends and still slow water flow, Is there someplace on Maytag washer that regulates water flow

  6. Shari says

    I came home after two weeks away and did one load of wash that was coated in sediment. No problems before I went away. I did some test runs of just the rinse and spin cycles and there is more sediment every time even though I wipe out the sediment each time. Would this also be a filter problem? By the way, the water flowing in does not have sediment in it now. I filled a jar with it and also look inside the machine after it fills with water and before it agitates during the rinse cycle. No sediment until it agitates. Did sediment come in during my first load and get stuck somewhere inside the washer so that now it keeps cleaning out when it agitates? Or is this a filter problem also? Someone told me there was a big wind storm while we were gone which may have caused more sediment to be in the water, but it seems like the filter would have filtered it out. And now the water coming in is clean and water in other parts of the house is clean. I’ve run test cycles about 7 times snd still there is at least a teaspoon of sediment left after spinning. Help!

  7. Christel says

    Hi everyone,are any brands of front loading washing machines with inline screen filters which are easier to clean

  8. casto says

    I bought a new lg front loader machine but unable to fill in water inside water just not getting in help please

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