It’s laundry day and you’re looking forward to getting some major work done. However, to your frustration, you find that the washer will not fill with water.
What do you do?
This is one of the most common issues with modern washing machines. This is also a rather frustrating issue since there are multiple solutions that can address the problem. Before you get in touch with a repairman, we recommend that you diagnose the problem by yourself.
For today’s article, we will walk you through the various fixes to a washing machine that won’t fill with water.
How to Fix if Washer Will Not Fill with Water
As mentioned, there are multiple potential causes as to why your washer won’t fill with water. We suggest that you diagnose the problem and use that solution that applies. If your washer has a display, it will show the error code which should help with the troubleshooting.
1. Damage to the Hoses
This is, in fact, the most obvious place to start.
Pull the washing machine back and check the hoses for holes or any other signs of damage. Make sure that the water supply is on and check the hoses by pushing through them. If there’s any kinks or holes, immediately replace the hose to steer clear of expensive water damage.
2. Faulty Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is a set of valves that are responsible for the full function of the washer.
Check the water inlet valve for any signs of damage. If there’s a damage, you might need to replace the valve. Also, check if the water volume selector switch is properly configured and the buttons on the control panel are not depressed. Doing these adjustments can repair your washer’s fill function.
3. Faulty Washer Temperature Selector Switch
This switch enables you to set the water’s temperature when washing.
The temperature selector switch is usually a rotary switch that’s mounted on the control board. If this part is defective, the washer will either not fill properly or it won’t fill at all. Again, check for any signs of damage and purchase a replacement switch if necessary.
4. Check and Clean the Filters
We always encourage our readers to do proper care and maintenance of their washers and dryers. This, of course, includes proper cleaning of the filters.
If there’s heavy clogging with the filters, there’s a good chance that the washer will not fill with water. So unplug the machine from the outlet and disconnect the hoses. Check the back of the unit and remove the panels. Clean out the filters especially the one on the water inlet valve and shut-off valve.
Do a thorough cleaning, plug the machine back and try again.
5. Faulty Water-Level Pressure Switch
This switch detects the water level inside the tub.
With a defective water-level pressure switch, your washer will not fill with water. Well, it’s either it won’t fill or it will overfill. A defective water-level pressure switch must be replaced as soon as possible, there’s just no way around it.
It’s a good thing that they’re relatively inexpensive.
6. Faulty Main Electronic Control Board
The main control panel aka the motherboard is the part that controls all the components of the washer like the motor and drain pump. With a defective main board, it’s likely that the washer’s fill function will not work properly.
Again, if the control panel is defective, the best course of action is to find and install a replacement.
7. Blocked Pressure Chamber
If your machine’s pressure chamber is blocked, the air will be trapped in the pressure tubing. This causes the pressure switch to remain on. You can easily know this because the washer will keep washing and spinning even with no water present.
Depending on the condition of the pressure chamber, you can either clear out the tube or buy a replacement, whichever works.
8. Faulty Lid Switch
This is a safety feature that detects whether the washer lid is closed or not. If the switch detects that the lid is open, the basket will not spin and the motor will not run.
In most cases, especially with top-load washers, an open lid will prevent the unit from filling. If the lid switch is faulty, replace it with a new one immediately.
Got Your Washer Fixed?
The washer will not fill issue is a particularly tricky one since it can have many different causes. Fortunately, these cases are quite simple to diagnose and fix.
With continued use, the components of your washer will eventually break or succumb to wear and tear. Therefore, routine maintenance is a must so you can check which parts are faulty and you can make a quick replacement.
So which solution has fixed your washer problem? We’d love to hear from you so hit that comments section below.