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Our newer washing machine has been giving an error code and not getting the clothes clean at all. We searched the Internet and found that the code indicated low water level (water not flowing into the machine). We tried cleaning the detergent tray, and that seemed to help, but a week later, we were getting the same error code. The DH was ready to give up and call a repair service, but I decided to give it a look.

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I checked all the water spigots connected to the machine to insure the valves were open, then detached the hoses to see if they were blocked (made sure the valves were closed before detaching the hoses). I discovered a tiny mesh filter in the end of the hose that was coated with minerals from the hard water. It took me about 5 minutes to scrub off the mineral deposits. I used a bit of toilet bowl cleaner with rust remover in it. You could also soak it in white vinegar overnight.

It worked like a charm, no more error code, no repair bill and clean clothes! If I had been forced to replace the part, it would have probably cost less than a dollar but saved a trip to the store by cleaning the one I had.

Source: My dad taught me to pinch a penny, but this repair was all me!

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March 19, 20140 found this helpful

An added note to being a penny-wise person is to make sure you have the metal washer hoses, rather than the rubber ones. Most sell you the set when you buy knew, but if you don't, a $10 investment can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars damage. Also, if you are going to be gone more than a couple days, shut your faucets off that are connected to the washer.

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March 19, 20140 found this helpful

This is great advice! I think there are a lot of people who would not know there was a screen in the hose that could interfere with the washer. I'm assuming you must have a newer washer, I've never seen one that gives error codes :) - for people with older machines, you might want to check your hoses if the water seems to not be running into the machine as fast as it used to. Another tip would be to keep the owner's manual when you get a new machine & keep it in your laundry room. You can use it to troubleshoot problems. It even has schematics of the machine & if you're brave enough, you can tear the machine apart to fix things yourself as my husband has had to do many times with the lemon we bought :(

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