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 www.repairclinic.com.

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

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  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: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/lg-bearing-ball-4280fr4048e-ap4439183.html#diy

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