Why Is My Washing Machine Not Filling Up With Water

Have you gone to empty your washing machine only to find that it is mysteriously dry? This issue is surprisingly common but is nevertheless very frustrating. The good news is that there is often a simple fix that can have your clothes clean in no time. Here are some common issues that can prevent your washing machine from filling up with water and how you may be able to fix them.

Restricted Water Supply

Your washing machine is fed water through inlet hoses usually located right behind your machine. Depending on your washing machine, this may include a hot and a cold hose or only one of the two.

The first thing to do is to check if the water supply is completely open and if there are any kinks in the hose. If so, make sure to release them and ensure that the hose is not being squeezed or restricted in any way.

Finally, shut the water supply off and unscrew the hose on both ends. Be ready in case any water is still trapped inside. Look into the hose and try to see if there is any debris. This will often be trapped against the inner valve screen, which is a filter designed to catch debris before it reaches the machine.

Low Water Pressure

If a restricted water supply is not causing your washing machine to fail to fill, it is possible that the problem is caused by low water pressure in your home’s pipes. You can test whether this is your issue by following these steps:

  1. Shut off your water supply and disconnect the inlet hose from the side connecting to your machine.
  2. Place the hose so that any water will flow into a bucket and open the water supply.
  3. Pay attention to the water flow and see if it is steady and at ordinary pressure.

If your water flow is weak, non-existent, or inconsistent, there could be many issues at fault. This includes clogged water pipes, corrosion, or weak water pressure throughout your home. If other fixtures are also suffering from low water pressure, the issue is likely a symptom of a larger plumbing issue that should be addressed by a licensed plumber.

Malfunctioning Washing Machine

If the water is reaching your machine with suitable pressure, the issue may be with your machine. In this case, you may need to replace your machine or check if your manufacturer’s warranty is still valid. If not, a dedicated third-party service technician may be required to repair the issue.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of issues that can lead to a washing machine failing to fill up with water. If working with plumbing and mechanical issues does not sound like a good way to pass your time, remember that you can always call in professionals for help.

Contact Us

For help with low water pressure and other plumbing issues, contact J Griffin Heating & Plumbing. Our experienced team of plumbing and heating professionals is ready and waiting to help you with all of your plumbing issues. Call us at 781-520-1212 and connect with us on Facebook.