Washing machine will not fill with water.

by / Tuesday, 10 March 2015 / Published in Washer Dryers, Washing machines, Water Systems & Valves

This video will explain how the water intake system works on your washing machine

Paul answers

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This tutorial is for when a washing machine will not fill with water but works OK on spin. If your machine does not fill at the start or stops in mid cycle with no water in the drum or it won’t rinse then there is normally a problem with the water intake system. If you've come to this article because your washer won’t do anything then you might want to look this article on door locks.


Most modern machines will normally tell you you’re have a filling problem with an error code, but not all people understand them as they are normally designed for engineers.

Common causes of a washing machine not taking in any water is either a kinked fill hose where the appliance has been pushed into place without thinking of trapping the pipe, or the water tap has becoming faulty whereby you switch it on but the valve inside doesn't turn. Another common cause is the tap getting accidentally switched off and people not realising. Other causes can be blocked water valve filter or wiring faults, PCB s or pressure system faults.
I have included other videos below to help you find your fault.

Washing machine filling problem error codes.

Most washing machines are now controlled by software programmes and produce error codes, if the machine does not fill in the designed time scale or if they don’t detect the right amount of water has been taken in. So you may be reading this because an error code indicated a filling fault. If so just try to work out why from this and the videos I have put below to help you.
Washing machine only fills on rinse cycle or specific point in wash cycle.
If this is happening I suggest you test the water valve solenoids with a test meter first. if you have a hot and cold fill machine (rare these days) then if one of the valves or the water supply to one of the hoses failed you would get the situation where water would go into the machine only on specific parts of the wash cycle. You also need to know if the valves are getting power which means checking them and the cables leading to the valves.

Testing water valves on a washing machine that wont fill

washing machine wont fill testing water valves

How the water valves and pressure switches work

washing machine will not fill with water how the water valves and pressur switch works

Faults to look out for.

Washing machine making a humming noise when trying to fill.
If your washing machine won’t take in any water at all, plus you can hear a humming noise (not normally present), check that both your taps are turned on, or that the water supply hasn’t been cut off in some way. A gentle humming from the back of the washing machine could be the water valves being energised and trying to take water in. This humming noise will normally be obscured by the sound of water rushing in. Don’t confuse any noise with the water pump which may also be humming as they are usually energised when the cycle first starts. This noise may also normally be partially masked by the sound of water rushing in. Before deciding the valves are humming but not letting water in make sure it’s definitely the valves humming you can also test them with a meter to make sure they have a power supply.
No water coming to the water valves.
If you have no water coming to the water valves this is normally the supply problem, it could be the tap or the mains water to the area in that room.
Check the filter in the back of the valves then can get clogged especially if you have old pipes or your mains water comes from a well system.
If your appliance is also filling over night without the power on then you may have a worn valve or there is grit in the water valve and prevent it shutting off properly resulting in possible flooding in the future
Water runs into the machine but never fills up in the drum.
If you can see water running into the machine but the water level never rises inside the drum it could be siphoning straight out down the drain, make sure you have the waste hose set correctly see picture

correctly fitted washing machine waste hose

57 Responses to “Washing machine will not fill with water.”

  1. Geri says : Reply

    I turned off the water to my Whirlpool WFW72HEDW0 washing machine when we left for vacation and when we returned I loaded it and turned it on but did not turn the water back on. Now it just humms and the Door Lock light flashes red but it does not respond to any control buttons. Unpluged it and and repluged it but no difference.

    • If you have a humming noise coming from where the water valves join the machine then this is a good indication that is no water to the valve.
      I suggest you check your water supply

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      • Andy says : Reply

        Hi i have a hotpoint wmfug942
        Error code displayed is f05
        Iv checked and cleaned filter hoses and all conections to pump and pump does move water as i maualy filled drum.
        The aps does move but doesnt have a very distinct click in operation and air line clear as is air chamber iv also check cold mains connection all clear on filter and at a high pressure drum does spin.
        sometimes but not all the time the solinoid will humm my thoughts were solinoids but possibly pcb thanks in advance

  2. Neha says : Reply

    I have an LG front load 5.5 kg washing machine. It is working fine apart from the water intake part. When we turn it on it spins but doesn’t get filled with water and even the water is not entering the detergent container. My technician changed the pcb but still no use. What can be the other reasons?

  3. shashi says : Reply

    My wasinhg machine( godrej) is working properly but washed water is not draining.
    Plz advice

  4. Liz says : Reply

    I have a kenmore portable washer in my apartment (model 2070090 if that helps) that won’t start/fill unless I put it at the second cycle (the point at which it thinks it’s washed the clothes inside and thinks it’s doing it again). I put it at the second cycle, let it fill, stop it before it starts, then reset it to the first cycle setting so that I can get two full cycles — it works if I do that! Why would it do this? How can I fix it?

    Thank you for your help!

  5. Girinath says : Reply

    My samsung WA82V4GEC/XTL top load washing machine is not inleting water….. ive checked for mesh/filter, cleaned it… also pressure from tap/pipe is also fine…. what should i do… i dont know what might be internal problem… kindly suggest me the solution… & if i can resolve it by my own then please help me through..
    thanks in adwance…

  6. Sigi says : Reply

    I experience the error code “E08” on a 7 year old Beko washing machine type Beko WMB91242LB.

    It will hang forever in the rinsing mode and will not go into the spin mode. I then have to cancel the wash programe (holding the start buttond for 3 seconds) and the machine will drain. After that I have to re-start the spin mode to finish the wash.

    I was wondering if it is the valve because water is coming in (not sure enough of it) and water is draining.

    I am reluctant to call in an engineer as a new machine costs £250 and not sure hoch much the repair will be.

  7. Paul says : Reply

    Hi guys. Great website!! Thanks!

    Just a tip: after I was struggling with my Bosch Classixx 1400 which wasn’t filling or draining. So the connection on the drain pump wiggled loose and that stops the water from filling but doesn’t give you any error code. Obviously it stops the machine from draining too…

  8. Priyansh soni says : Reply

    Hi my IFBwashing machine will not take water in the first stage hance no detergent goes in but in the mid spin it starts to take water due to which the clothes are left with soap in them

  9. Fiona says : Reply

    I have a siemens machine which has been working perfectly for 12 years. It’s been moved location, but working fine there for 6 4 months, now it begins to fill then cuts out and stops. I’ve checked the outlet is not siphoning, there is water supply and I’ve pulled the machine forward a bit in case of a kink in the water pipe. Any other ideas?

  10. Merl says : Reply

    Hi i bought a LG topload washing maching but I don’t have tap how do i us it without me connecting the pipes

  11. Hussain says : Reply

    I’ve got a Hitachi SF-75H machine and it doesn’t stop filling water, even when the power switch is off.
    kindly please advise me how to solve the issue

    thank you

  12. Nick says : Reply

    My Bosch washing just stopped taking water in and the technician told me that he has to replace both the pressure switch and the inlet valve together and he did it. Now the water comes in very slowly. Please advice.

  13. Kudyn says : Reply

    My Samsung model WA88V4 won’t fill water. I have replace the inlet water valve but still the same. There was no sound of the valve working and no error code appear at control panel. Other features operates well. I have to manually fill the water using other pipe. Once the water full the machine will run as usual. Please guide me. Thanks

  14. Firdous says : Reply

    If water supply is off during running fully automatic front load lg washing machine. What will happen.

  15. Trevor says : Reply

    I have defy washing machine model DAW 323 don’t fill up but just starts spinning without any water
    It doesn’t follow selected programme

  16. aicha cisse says : Reply

    My daughters washing machine worked perfectly in her last house. tried to plumb it in new house but there is no water going in. the taps are on the hose has no kinks. Do you think it is the valve?

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  18. Govindarajan says : Reply

    Hi, Can get me the user manual, operating instruction of WMC 61013 ER – Westpoint front loading washing machine.

  19. emma says : Reply

    help! i have bought a new machine as the first one would not fill but now i have excaly the same problem. The flow is fast when i checked the water flow on front load cold machines 🙁

  20. george says : Reply

    I have a Maytag front loader washer.
    My wife heard a grinding noise while washing.
    I took out the drain pump and found a nickel in it. I cleaned it out.
    Filled the machine with water to make sure no leaks after I reinstalled the drain pump.
    I turned off the machine shortly after it ran a bit.
    My wife comes along and puts clothes to wash. Now it stopped filling water.
    I unplugged the washer checked all connections. Plugged it back in. Water started pouring in.
    After a short time, thinking that it would rinse. It stopped. Water was not drained.
    Doubled checked connectors, checked hoses, blew the hose to the water level switch.
    Still nothing, even tried to run the drain/ spin. Nothing, water still inside.

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