Table of Contents
Repair Tools & Material Needed
- Towel & Cloth
- Wrench & Pliers
- Cup of Water
- Water Inlet Valve – View Current Price
Testing Your Water Inlet Valve
If your washing machine is overfilling with water, or is not filling enough if at all then repairing your water inlet valve is the first place to start.
Step #1: Unplug Your Power & Supply
Before you begin testing your water inlet valve you need to ensure that everything is properly turned off and disconnected.
The first step is to unplug your washing machine, or visit your circuit breaker and turn your switch off from there.
After you’ve ensured there is no power making its way into the washing machine, we will want to visit the water valve supply switch.
Behind the washing machine you will either see one or two switches like the image below.
Turn off the red (hot) and blue (cold) switches and use a wrench to remove the hoses connected. Place a cloth underneath to ensure and water that leaks
Once everything is properly turned off, the next step is to test your water inlet valve for
Testing For Water Valve Pressure
Take the hose and turn on your water supply switches (red & blue switch) and place your hose over a sink.
You will want to test for how high the water pressure is coming from the water supply.
If the water pressure is low, this is an indication that it is taking longer to receive water. If there is no water pressure, this is a problem with the water supply line where a plumber will need to be contacted.
If the water pressure is high, we can move onto the next few reasons.
Cleaning Your Water Inlet Screen
Within the water supply, you will notice screens that can be plucked out using your fingers or pliers.
Place these screens in a cup of water and vinegar, so the acidity can remove the collected dirt and dust the screen typically captures. Be careful with this screen as you don’t want to damage it and replace it.
While this step may not solve your water inlet valve issue, lets move onto the next few reasons before testing out your washing machine.
Replacing Your Water Inlet Valve
Step #1: Using a Multi-Meter
During this step we will be testing the water inlet valve for continuity, which essentially means we are testing the electrical current going through the two metal ends.
Place the black prob to touch one end of the terminal in the water inlet valve, and the red probe on the other terminal in the same coil.
If the readings don’t show any values, this means there is no electrical current flowing through, which means it will need to be replaced.
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