DIY Fixes When Your Washing Machine Doesn't Fill Or Fills Too Slowly

When it seems as if your washing machine has finally given up and you are preparing for a trip to the laundromat, it is important to remember that even when it looks like an expensive repair, it doesn't have to be. If you cannot get a repair-person to look at it immediately or your schedule does not permit you to meet with the appropriate professional, the following tips in the near future may be able to get the washer moving once again. Before beginning any repair, be sure to unplug the unit, tie any long hair back, remove dangling jewelry and make sure you are in comfortable clothing that is unlikely to snag on protruding parts.

Fix #1-Consider The Hose

The first thing that you will need to assess when the washer does not fill at all is the position of the hose, followed immediately by its condition. If it has become detached from the faucet, attempt to re-attach it.

If it has kinked, pull out the hose and straighten the affected portions if you can. It is important to note that if the kink is still present and you get the washer working again, you should watch it closely when you are using it. That is because if the hose kinks again, it could allow the water to go back into the faucet or leak onto the floor, resulting in the possibility of new damage.

Fix #2-Damaged Connectors Between The Hose And The Wall

Other than a kinked or damaged hose, one common reason for impaired water flow to the washing machine is often a corroded connector. If the issue is occurring because of a corroded connector, you may be able to temporarily correct the issue by gently replacing the hose over the damaged portions and attempting to make it re-connect properly.

If necessary, you can replace the stripped connector with a replacement by lightly cutting into the end of the hose. Try not to cut too deeply into the hose, but if you do, it is not the end of the world. A hacksaw will be a good tool to make two incisions into the end of the hose.

Ideally, you will use water pump pliers to cut off the end. If you don't have them, you can use a set of regular pliers to break off the end of the hose. At that point, it is a simple matter of attaching a new hose of the same size and length to the end of the hose, turning the unit back on and watching the washer to make sure everything works as it should.

In conclusion, it is easy to forget how important a fully functioning washing machine is, until suddenly it does not work. When that happens, it will be a good idea to be aware of the tips provided above. However, if the above advice does not fix the problem or you are unable to apply the above tips to the issue, it is a good idea to make the time to meet with a professional repair-person. To learn more, contact a company like ASAP Appliance Repair, Inc. 


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