Is your washing machine filling sluggishly, water dripping instead of pouring? Chances are, the problem lies in your inlet screens. These screens catch particulate in the water supply to your washer, but often, after remodels or city projects, sediment or other matter is shaken loose, and makes its way downstream to your washing machine. From there, it builds up in your inlet screens until water can hardly make it through. Fortunately, it’s a simple fix, so let’s get to it.
1) First, shut off both the hot and cold water, and disconnect the water lines from the back of the washer.
2) Next, using needle-nose pliers, carefully remove the inlet screens from the inside the connectors on the washing machine. Be gentle with them, twisting lightly as you pull to ease them out. They’re very delicate and easily bent, but they’re also inexpensive and easily replaced if you damage them, so don’t worry too much.
3) After you’ve removed the screens, clean any debris out of them, using running water and a toothpick, knife, or other instrument to pick particles out. If the debris is really stuck on there, you’ll probably just need to buy new screens. Because they’re so cheap, it’s better to replace them than worry too much about getting stubborn bits off.
4) You’ll likely have bent the screen out of shape by this point, so straighten it out the best you can before replacing it.
5) Once you’ve replaced the inlet screens, check just inside the mouth of the water supply hoses for similar screens. Some hoses have them, some don’t. If yours do, remove and clean them just like the others. If they don’t, don’t.
6) Finally, reattach the water supply hoses, turn the water back on, and ensure there aren’t any leaks.
With the water’s path cleared, your washing machine should be filling like it did when it was brand new. If you notice that it still isn’t working properly or find yourself in water up to your knees, call Baker Brothers.