A GE washer that’s not operating properly can cause a lot of issues, particularly when it’s not using cold or hot water. Not only is it a hassle to have to deal with dirty clothes, it can be expensive to have professionals come in to repair the issue. The good news is that many issues related to hot or cold water inside the GE washer are easily fixable by the home owner.
In this article, we’ll review the reasons why a washer has cold or hot water that isn’t working and provide step-by-step instructions on how to fix the problem. We’ll assist you in determining the cause of the thermostat and check the water supply. So, whether you’re dealing with a problem with your machine, or simply need to cut costs on repairs, read this article to find out how you can repair a GE appliance with no hot or cold water.
Inlet Hoses & Screens:
GE washing machines are connected to the household water supply by fill hoses. These hoses typically measure 4-5 feet long and have an aluminum or wire screen at the end which connects the faucet. The screen blocks sediment from entering the valve to let water into the appliance located on the back of the appliance. How to check the condition of the condition of yourGE washing machines filters and hoses:
- Make sure that the hoses are not kinked and that the faucets are in good working order.
- Turn off the faucets then disconnect the fill lines from the intake valve and look over the screens. Clean any debris or sediment you discover. To determine if you have enough water pressure to fill up your pipes, place the ends of the hose in a tub or bucket and switch on the faucet.
- If you have minimal pressure, inspect the screens in the hose for dirt buildup or any damage.
- If you encounter issues when conducting these checks, you’ll require GE screens and replacement hoses.
Water Inlet Valve:
The Water Inlet Valve in the GE washing machine provides hot and cold water for the rinse and wash. The valve is equipped with two solenoids which operate inlets for hot and cold water supply. The electronic or timer and the selector for water temperature and the water level pressure switch regulate the valve. The valve is controlled via the timer or electronic control along with the water temperature/cycle selector switch, as well as the water level/pressure switch. How to examine the valve for water inlet of theGE washing machines with the help of a multimeter
- Before you begin this inspection, make sure that your washer is off of the power and water supply.
- To remove the valve for check it, you’ll need to remove the entire or a part of the GE washer cabinet. The valve is right behind the hose connectors.
- If you notice signs of damage, cracking or wear, visually inspect the GE washer’s valve. The valve is equipped with screens within it that might have built up debris or dirt, in which case it must be carefully cleaned as if these screens become damaged the valve will have to replace the entire valve.
- The resistance of a properly functioning valve can differ between models. Read the instruction manual to find out the correct reading. Place the probes on the terminals of the valve using the RX1 setting on your multimeter.
- If you don’t get an indicator of continuity, then you’ll need a GE replacement water inlet valve.
The lid switch for top-loading GE washing machines is a safety device which stops the motor circuit from operating in the event that the lid is open. Certain models also come with the water inlet valve circuit that is able to be controlled. The models come with a lid switch which controls the power supply. It is important to check the lid switch to determine if the water inlet valve in your GE washer is not receiving the power. How to inspect the lid switch on the GE washing machine
- Before beginning, confirm that you have disconnected the plug on the plug in your GE washing machine.
- In order to locate the switch, you have to remove the cabinet or top panel. Once you’ve found it, check that the levers and actuators are not sticking or damaged and that the switch is operated mechanically.
- If no issues are found above, then remove the switch in order to test it for continuity . Then set your multi-meter to Rx1.
- Click the button to trigger the switch. After that utilize the probes to make contact with the terminals. The probes should be able to touch the terminals at a pressure that is between zero and nearly zero.
- If you see a reading that isn’t zero or close to zero, then you’ll be required to replace the GE lid switch.
Selector Switch, also known as a Water Temperature Switch:
The selector switch or the water temperature switch determines the water temperature to be used for the wash and/or rinse portions of the cycle. The switch creates a circuit that supplies power to the correct solenoids on the valve for water inlet. If you are not able to get power to the solenoids of the valve that opens water, then the temperature selector switch is in error. What to do to test a GE washing-machine selector switch using the aid of a multimeter
- Since you will be removing and testing electrical components, be sure that you disconnect your GE washer prior to starting.
- To test the appliance, take off the selector switch. You will also need to take apart all or any of the cabinets in the washer. In many models, it’s attached to the frame of the GE washing machine.
- It is your job to test the switches’ buttons one at each. Start by placing probes on the terminals for one button and your reading should read infinity by this point. press the button. This should alter your reading to zero then press another button and it will alter the reading back to infinity.
- If the readings you receive are different from the ones described above, you’ll require a GE switch to replace the selector.
Water Level Pressure Switch:
The water level switch is a pressure-activated switch that forms part of the water inlet valve circuit. The control panel usually contain this component. It will be connected to the tub via the use of a hose, or an air dome tube. This switch can be found below the tub in GE washers with electronic controls. The switch can stop providing power to the valve to supply water in the event of a malfunction. How to check the level of water on the GE washer machine:
- As with most repairs, disconnect the power source from your GE appliance prior to beginning.
- A faulty air dome or switch could cause similar symptoms to the malfunctioning switch. Inspect the cabinet in your washer to identify the issue and then take off the air dome hose. With one end sealed and the other sealed, blow through the other when the hose is submerged in water. The hose should not bubble up and no bubbles should rise to the surface.
- Take the switch off the appliance to examine it for signs of damage, wear, or cracks. It is likely to be in the sump below the tub or behind the control panel.
- If you notice any flaws within your equipment when you perform the above checks then you might need a GE replacement water level switch.
The electronic controller or timer can be used to regulate the timing at which the water inlet valve receives the power. The mechanical timer has a series of electrical contacts that are operated by a small motor as well as cams. The contacts provide power to the water inlet valve circuit during the fill, rinse and rinse portions of the cycle. How can you test the timer control of theGE washing machine with a multimeter
- To find the timer, disconnect your GE washer and then take off its control panel and its rear panel.
- The timer must be removed from your GE washer. Don’t pull on the wires directly, instead, pull the connectors.
- Set the probes on the motor’s terminals. The test is for continuity, and you should get either near zero or zero.
- You’ll need a new GE timer in the event that your test results are different. In the end the conclusion is that it is true that a GE washer with no hot or cold water could be a frustrating problem to tackle, but it’s usually a simple fix. By following the steps outlined in this article, you’ll be able troubleshoot and repair common problems such as clogged pipes, malfunctioning valves, and improper water temperature settings.
Before you begin any repairs to your GE washer, unplug it. If you are unsure, consult the manual or talk to a specialist. You can make your GE washer running again swiftly and efficiently with a little patience and time. This will save you from the hassle of washing clothes and the cost of repair.