Is the washing machine water-level low? Low washing machine water levels can happen for many reasons. A low water level can sometimes be part of the design of the washing machine, and in other cases, it could indicate a malfunction in its operation.
Why is your washing machine’s water level low?
High-Efficiency Washing Equipment
A washing machine that is high-efficiency or HE might have water levels that are too low or lower than what you are used to. This is completely normal for HE washing machines. They use less water than traditional washing machines and are therefore more energy-efficient.
Many people believe high-efficiency washing machines are more efficient than regular washing machines. But they are really designed to be more sustainable and economical by using only the resources required for each load. Water level and cycle times are affected by the amount of fabric and the size of each load.
You can rest assured that this is what you will experience. You will enjoy lower water and energy bills with your HE washing machine.
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve of your washing machine is the part that allows water from your home to enter the washing machine. This component is essential for the proper functioning of your washing machine and often causes the washing machine’s water level to drop.
Look on the back and follow the hot and cool hoses to locate the water inlet valve. This valve is located where the two hoses connect and are connected to each other on the washing machine.
To prevent debris from the water line from entering the washing machine, there are screens at the water inlet valve. They can get blocked and water will not enter the washing machine resulting in low water levels.
This will allow you to remove the screens and clean them thoroughly. You will need to shut off the water source before you can remove the hoses from your valve.
Poor Water Pressure
You may have inadequate water pressure if your washing machine doesn’t fill up properly after cleaning the screens. To work properly, most water inlet valves will require at least 20 PSI.
Make sure your washing machine has enough water pressure to allow it to fill properly.
Fill Sensor Malfunctioning
Many washing machines come with a sensor which tells it to stop filling up when the water level has reached the desired level. The sensor may send a constant signal telling the control board that the machine is full. This can cause washing machine water levels to drop.
Call an appliance repair service in your area if your washing machine water level is low.