Washing Machine Takes Too Long To Fill With Water

How To Fix A Washing Machine That Fills Slowly

If your washer is filling slowly with only a trickly of water, or maybe not any water at all, then obviously this can disrupt your laundry routtine severely. Usually is is a clogged inlet screen that is to blame, but can also be caused by the issues with the water inlet valve or the inlet valve's solenoids.

For most washing machines also, this will probably only happen on one water temperature section. This means that most of the time only the COLD water is slow to fill OR the HOT water is slow to fill, but not both at the same time. To determine this, test both the HOT and COLD water fills to see if both are not filling, or if it is just one or the other.


Clogged Filter Screens:

At the end of the water hoses that go into your machine, you can find small inlet screens/filters that prevent small debris and grit getting into your machine and therefore affecting your wash. To check if these are in fact clogged - which could of course affect the flow of water - first remove the ends of the water hoses.


  • Turn the HOT and COLD water valves off from the back of your washer.

  • Next, unthread the water hoses from the back of the washers (but make sure to leave the other end of the hose connected to the valves on the wall).

  • Once off the machine, you will now be able to see the water inlet valve where the water enters into the washer.

Here you will be able to see small, circular inlet screens that are placed in between the hoses and the inlet valve. If blockages are an issue, you will also see sediment and gunk clogging up the small filter screens. These can be cleaned, but be extra careful not to push any of the gunk into the valve. These filter screens can also be removed and replaced.

In truth, it is recommended NOT to clean these screens so you don't inadvertently push sediment into the solenoid valves which will then cause them to stick open. This then can cause the water to overfill because the solenoids are stuck in the open position. If the screens have masses of gunk, grime, and sediment on them, then it is recommended to replace the whole water inlet valve.

Faulty Solenoid / Clogged Valve on Water Inlet Valve

Your water inlet valve has 2 solenoids controlling its water fill. The solenoid is an electrically controlled component which opens the water valve to let water into the machine. It can be tested for continuity with a multimeter, but sometimes a buzzing or humming sound will occur while water trickles in slowly. If this is the case, then you will need to clean the valve so it is free from any debris, and then the water should flow freely.

If there is no gunk or sediment that is blocking the valve, then, maybe a faulty solenoid that is causing your water to flow slowly. The solenoid can be tested with a multimeter, and if it is faulty, then you should remove and replace the complete water inlet valve.

  • Aslo make sure to check the wire harness that connects to the valves is tight and secure. This will ensure that your water inlet valve is actually receiving power also.

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