What to Do When The Water Level is Low in Your Washer

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Have you looked inside your washer recently and felt that the water level was a little low. If you have recently purchased a high-efficiency washer, this is normal. However, if nothing is new about the washer except the water level, you need to take some action.

Before calling the repair service, there are some things that the average homeowner can check to see if they can solve the problem.

First – Check that your water source is turned on for the washer fill hoses. Both hot and cold.

Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is one of two parts that may be causing your low water level. The water inlet valve is located on the back of the washer and is connected to the water hoses. Inside, there will be screens that help keep any water debris out. Over time, these screens can become blocked, especially if you use hard water. Cleaning these screens may help the low water issue.

Furthermore, if you have low water pressure in the home, you may notice low water levels. To function at full efficiency, the water inlet valve needs at least 20 PSI of water pressure. If it is not getting that, it may not get as much water.

The Fill Sensor

If there isn’t a problem with the water inlet valve, then the next most likely culprit is the fill sensor. The fill sensor has an almost obvious function – it senses when the washer has enough water and stops filling. If you have a washer with low water levels, it is likely that the fill sensor is malfunctioning and prematurely sending signals to the control board that tell the washer to stop filling. The fill sensor in most washers is located in the control hood of the washer, something that can be easily popped off. With the right replacement part for your brand and model of washer, it is something that can easily be switched out to find faults.

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