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Washer not filling

Common reasons your washer not filling

The most common reasons your washer is not filling are a clogged water valve assembly, malfunctioning electronic control board or a bad water level pressure switch.

  • 59%

    59% of the time it's the
    Water Valve Assembly

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 7%

    7% of the time it's the
    Water Level Pressure Switch

  • 24%

    24% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common washer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these washer parts may fix your problem.

    Water Valve Assembly Replacement

    The water valve assembly regulates the flow of water into the washer. An obstructed inlet screen on the water valve can hinder the wash tub from filling with hot, cold, or both types of water. Electrical malfunctions within the valve might also impede its opening to permit water entry into the tub. This valve serves as the link between your home's water supply and the washer. A defective valve might lead to leakage into the tub or at the points where the water supply hoses connect. If you suspect a faulty water valve assembly, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional examine the washer and replace the valve if necessary.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    A defective electronic control board could be the reason why the washer is not filling. This component controls the water valve that sends water to the tub, among other essential functions, and if it malfunctions, the washer may not fill properly or at all.

    Water Level Pressure Switch Replacement

    If the water-level pressure switch in a washer is faulty, it's no longer able to detect, regulate, and maintain the water level in the outer wash tub. This malfunction can cause the washer to either not fill with water or to overfill. The pressure switch operates by using an air tube connected to the bottom of the tub, which senses the water level. As the wash tub fills, the air pressure in the tube pushes up on a diaphragm inside the water-level pressure switch. A post attached to the diaphragm opens and closes electrical contacts within the switch's body, thus managing the water fill and shutting off the water when the washer is full. If any part of the water-level pressure switch fails, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services repair technician replace the switch.

    What to expect when you experience a washer not filling issue

    What to do about a not filling problem

    Fixing most issues related to the washer not filling typically requires replacing the water valve assembly, electronic control board, or water level pressure switch. However, since there could be various reasons behind the problem, a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving it. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is vital for determining the cost of the repair.

    Follow these tips from Sears Home Services for a washer that is not filling

    Many things can cause a washer not filling problem. Avoid replacing unneeded parts by having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify and resolve the problem. Our technicians are trained on diagnosing all types of washer failures.

    What to watch for with a washer not filling diagnosis

    Appliances today have advanced electronic components, making DIY repairs difficult. Without proper knowledge and training, diagnosing issues with modern appliances can be challenging. Merely replacing parts without employing appropriate diagnostic techniques is unlikely to resolve your washer problem effectively. Over the past decade, appliances have significantly evolved, with many models featuring intricate electronic parts that are hard to assess. Consequently, DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming progressively more challenging.

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    Common washer symptoms to look out for

    • Washer burning smell
    • Washer display not working
    • Washer leaking from bottom
    • Washer leaking water
    • Washer no power
    • Washer no water
    • Washer noisy
    • Washer not agitating
    • Washer not draining
    • Washer not spinning
    • Washer not starting
    • Washer not turning on
    • Washer not washing
    • Washer not working
    • Washer vibrates
    • Washer will not drain
    • Washer won't start cycle
    • Washer won't turn off