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Posted on 10/01/2010 8:14:45 PM PDT by Frantzie
Any tips on how to fix a clogged washing machine?
The problem is the 12+ year old Whirlpool is clogged. I turned it on the front side and wet vacuumed the hot (red) and cold (blue) inlets. The screens have a greasy reddish/copper residue. Like a car radiator can get.
I poured a little vinegar to see if it could unclog it. It is just sitting there. CLR? Anything? Radiator flush? I can only get a capful of vinegar on the inlets and it sits there.
A new decent one is about $300 but it works fine besides the clog. Thanks and sorry for the vanity.
temporarily you could hook a hose to the sink faucet and help fill the washer faster.
Replace the inlet valve.
Are there screens inside the inlets. They may be clogged.
There’s a screen right where the hose connects....check to see that it is clear, if so, continue down the line...you’ll eventually find the cause.
Here is something about using needle nose pliers to remove the screens and clean them. I will try that.
They also say:
“If your washing machine fills with a slow trickle, you might need a fill/inlet valve.”
Is this hard to change? I probably should just dump it.
Take the hoses off. Look in the fill valve inlets. There are fine screens in them.
With a small screwdriver you can ease them out and clean them..
Do Not leave them out.!!!
If some of the pieces of debris gets into the valve it won’t close off the water supply and you’ll end up with a flood.
There should be screen washers in the hoses at the house water spigots also.
That’s the problem I had with mine. Cleaned the little screen with a knife and cue tip. Worked fine after that.
LOL...clever AND practical!
Well I see you have screens.
Can you pull them out to clean or replace them?
Washing machines if that vintage are generally very simple. Don’t bother trying to fix any individual part. Get the model number, take a few pictures, and head to your local parts supply store.
There is also a solenoid at the fill valve...a simple rebuild kit could fix that.
Punch them both out with a screwdriver(carefully) at the machine inlets.
Then get some screened hose washers at the hardware store and install them up at the hose inlets at the washing machine valves. They will be much easier to get to there for cleaning or replacing.
I think that may be it. I will try to take the screens out and clean them but I doubt that will work.
I will try to find a schematic or article on the inlet valve if the screen clean does not work.
Here is how to replace the inlet valve.
Now I have to see if I can figure that out. I think Lowes or HD will be selling a new washer in the AM.
1. You can pry the screens out and replace them. Or even leave them out. You can probably get replacement screens online easily enough or from a local vendor.
2. If you have rust deposits inside the solenoid (the part that automatically lets the water in and shuts it off), you could try getting some CLR in a syringe and squirting it in the inlet.
You gotta a treat her like a lad-ay
Um-hum, all the best you can do
You got-ta treat her like a lad-ay
She give into you...
Thanks. I am going to try but I think it is the water inlet valve. Maybe the cleaning or the screens will work.
Brothers, Barry White knows about two things:
He understands making love to a beautiful woman
and he understands domestic appliance repair.
I may try that. It is laid on it’s front side. I put a cap full of white vinegar (have no CLR at home). The screens are out but the vinegar is sitting there.
I will see if I can figure out how to get the back off the thing. Screws and clips.
If the screens are clean the inner layer of the hose may have collapsed.
Vinegar isn’t strong enough. Pry the screens out with a small screwdriver or dental pick, clean the bits that may fall into the inlets and then put screens in the hoses and hook the hoses back up.
WTf? I get one guy posting pictures of The O’Jays (?) and another with Barry White-appliances.
How does this solve my problem? (sarc) ;-)
I am cleaning the screens now. The inside has a pin hole when the water comes in the plastic connectors.
I wonder if that inlet valve is bad? I have the vinegar in the both inlets while I am cleaning the screens in the sink with a brush, soap and some bleach.
Anyone else have some 1970s African American singing group pictures they want to post? Sam and Dave? (1960s). The Temptations? Earth Wind & Fire? I am not sure how this help. ;-)
Pull the screen off the inlet and clean it.
If that doesn’t fix it try running a coat hanger around and see what comes out.
13 years, you might have calcium and lime build up.
Water/vinegar will not enter unless the machine is plugged in and set to fill. The fill valve is closed. Otherwise it would fill continuously and run over.
Here is what the valve looks like:
$10 to 20 part. I will see if I can clean it. Cleaning the screens now.
If it have screen filters clogged, easy to clean!!!
Turn off water
Get a Bucket
Unscrew your washer inlets
Place hoses in bucket
Open water inlets
Bad pressure? Replace rubber inlet hoses,
OK ? Then the problem is in the machine.
Most modern washers have what is called a “wax valve”, where electrical connections from the control panel heat a valve (normally in the right front of the machine). The heat melts a wax membrane allowing water to enter the drum, and conversely allows water to exit the drum in the later cycles.
About $50 for a new valve, but place a pan under the area worked on, as residual water is still in the lower system.
Thanks. I will try putting the cleaned screens back in.
This fill valve is probably not shot. It was working. The valve is a $10 to 20 part. that is easily replaced if I can get the back off the machine. Screws and clips.
The cold screen was really dirty and the cold faucet was about to burst from the pressure even on low low. It was not doing that before (ie progressively getting worse - maybe screen getting more clogged).
I once spent a couple of years using a garden hose through the window. It was a pain because I had to go outside and turn it on for the wash and then off, then on and off again for the rinse.
This is sooo good.
Thanks. Hoses were replaced a few months ago.
Pressure from city water is fine.
Cleaning the rusty screens. It was working but filling really slowly.
The inlet valve may also need replacing. Looked it up on the net. Whirlpool $20 - generic for WP $11. It comes with instructions too but looks simpe.
Getting the back off looks tricky. Clips and screws. I have taken PC’s apart wo i should be able to get the back off.
I think the inlet valve may be it. I will put the cleaned screens back in and try in the morning.
Dust off and nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure...
I’ll bet if you drop it in a bowl of CLR for a while, you will see all kinds of crud come out.
Should be some white flakes, maybe even chunks.
Take a toothbrush to it. If you have a bottle brush that would really get it clean.
I had to replace a coupler on a 13 year old whirlpool...this dude made it easy....especially on how easy it was to access everything.
Repairing your own washer? Are you experienced?
It took me about 30mins. Most of the time was spent moving the washer around a small hallway.
OK. I’ll bite. Why are there screens on the inlets?
Depending on the model Whirlpool you may not take the back off. A lot of them are serviced by removing the cabinet.
If yours is one of them, you remove the two screws from the lower left and right of the control panel. Then flip it back. Unplug the connector that is attached to the top of the cabinet. Then pop out the two clips that attach the back panel to the top of the washer. Then open the lid, grab the lid and the front of the inside of the cabinet and pull it towards you. The whole thing will lift right off easy as pie.
Then after that you can do what I did: throw the damn thing away and get a new machine. (Well, maybe that is a bit drastic...but what the heck)
Thank you Sgt. Hicks.
His first name was Kyle? Michael Biehn. Great effing line in a movie.
Well I cleaned the screens. Reattached hoses and slightly turned on the water. The cold water faucet goes mental spraying water like the washer is about to blow out. Not from the hose connection but thorough the washer like the faucet is coming off the wall.
So I may have a second problem.
I think the washer will go tomorrow.
I may need to post a question on trying to fix washers on outdoor style faucets. I tried it before and failed with a channel lock.
I bet I will get pictures and video links of the O’Jays, Barry White-appliances, Jimi Hedrix and others. Geez.
That sounds like a faucet stem packing issue.
Take a look at this and see if it helps.
With the screens cleaned, did the pressure entering the washer improve?
Ack....that looks like Rosie O’Donut getting impregnated.
To stop foreign material from getting into the small inlet solenoid orifice.
To keep grit out of the inlet valve. If grit gets in, the inlet valve will not close and leak when the washer is not being used.
Yikes! Maybe you should call a professional. Seriously, I hope you get the problem resolved.
Kill it with fire.
*tapped on shoulder, mumbled voice “washing machines are impervious to fire.”*
Oh, in that case, use the cutting torch.
Joking aside, you have hard mineral heavy water there, don’t you?
Not much can be done for a 12 year old washer that has heavy minerals encrusting its guts.
There’s this stuff that is phosphoric acid based called Naval Jelly.
It removes rust and does a number to the paint job too.
But it will dissolve encrusted minerals.
I don’t recommend it, but it might work.
Try more normal less destructive ideas first.