electrolux washer won't fill with water

It certainly annoys you when the Electrolux washer won’t fill with water. Of course, you likely hope it is not an expensive component’s fault.

But it is impossible to know without investigating, so keep reading to learn more.

An Electrolux washer that doesn’t fill with water might have some components clogged with too much debris, or the water pressure is not enough to fill it. Alternatively, some important parts, such as the inlet valve, pressure switch, or lid switch assembly, are defective and require replacement.

We bet you are eager to learn how to fix the washing machine and make it fill again. We will help you eliminate all suspicions so you find the correct culprit.

You must have your tools in hand because you might need to disassemble some parts!

Electrolux Washer Won’t Fill With Water – Reasons

reason why electrolux washer won’t fill with water

Is your Electrolux washer not filling with water? There is more than one potential cause behind the issue.

Determining it demands a proper investigation of the appliance’s mechanisms.

Fortunately, there is plenty of info that allows us to list the most common causes:

Defective Lid Switch

If the water and power supplies are fine, but the washer still won’t fill, the lid switch might be at fault. It prevents the lid from closing properly, and thus water won’t get in.

Malfunctioning Inlet Valve

The inlet valve is one of many components responsible for allowing water into the appliance. If it is defective, it can’t pull water in.

Low Water Pressure

Different factors can affect the water pressure, and low water pressure will not fill your washing machine.

Clogged Screens

Some components on the washing machine have screens that capture particles. Those might get clogged over time, preventing the correct water flow.

Fix The Electrolux Washer Water Issues

how fix electrolux washer water issues

Checking the main causes might enlighten you about what is wrong with your washer. Next, it is time to find out how to assess the situation and fix the problem.

Below we will teach you all the methods you can employ for the task.

1. Clean Clogged Components

Any appliance that deals with water accumulates a lot of clogs. That is especially true for washing machines since they wash your clothes, which lose lint over time.

So the appliance has some filters/screens in place to catch the lint or filter some water minerals.

When water stops flowing, you must check and clean some parts:

  1. Unplug the machine from power;
  2. Disassemble any hoses;
  3. Locate the filters and check for clogs;
  4. Eliminate all the clogs thoroughly;
  5. Find the inlet valve;
  6. Clean the clog from the valve’s screen if necessary.

Next, reassemble all components and check if the machine will fill with water.

2. Examine The Water Pressure

examine water pressure

First, try opening any tap on your house to see if the pressure is fine. If it doesn’t, that is lead to the solution.

But even if the pressure doesn’t look weak, you might want to increase it just to see if it helps with the washer.

  1. Locate the water supply valve behind the washer;
  2. If it’s partially closed, turn it counterclockwise to open it completely.
  3. Disconnect the washer from the power source;
  4. Remove the inlet hose from the back of the washer;
  5. Inspect it for kinks or clogs;
  6. Clean the hose;
  7. Clean the inlet filter for any debris or blockages;

Perhaps the hose that brings water from the supply has a kink or leaks. In that case, you might try fixing the hose, or you have to replace it. 

Note: When dealing with the water pressure, it is very important not to damage the machine by increasing the pressure beyond a certain threshold. You should adjust it slowly, paying attention to the results.

3. Check The Inlet Valve

check the inlet valve

As the name gives out, the inlet valve allows water into the washer. When it fails, the washer will not be able to draw any water from the supply hose.

Sometimes you can clean its filter (as in Solution #1), but other times you will have to investigate it further:

  1. Unscrew the top panel and control panel of the washing machine;
  2. Disconnect the hoses from the inlet valve;
  3. Remove the screws that secure the inlet valve;
  4. Disconnect the wire harness from the inlet valve.

Test The Valve

Before assuming that the inlet valve is, in fact, defective, you must test it and make sure:

  1. Grab a multimeter;
  2. Connect it to the inlet valve;
  3. Test for continuity.

Is there no continuity? Alright, time to replace it.

How To Replace The Valve

how to replace valve

You will need to buy a new inlet valve that suits the format/model of the one on your washing machine.


  1. Place the new inlet valve;
  2. Reconnect the wire harness;
  3. Secure the new inlet valve with screws;
  4. Reconnect the hoses to the inlet valve;
  5. Reassemble the other components;
  6. Turn on the water supply and ensure there are no leaks.

Once the new part is in place, you must check if the washer can fill with water.

4. Replace The Lid Switch Assembly

replace the lid switch assembly

Perhaps the lid switch assembly on your washer is not working well. The lid switch is responsible for locking and unlocking the door.

If the machine doesn’t detect that the door is actually closed, it won’t allow water to come in.

So let’s do the following:

  1. Unscrew the console.
  2. Displace the control console.
  3. Detach the wire connector and extract the spring clips.
  4. Tilt the cabinet towards you, glide it forward, and extract it.
  5. Extract the ground screw and mounting screws.
  6. Separate the wire strap from the metal clips.
  7. Remove the old lid switch.

Test The Part

Once the component is out, check its appearance and test it with a multimeter.

  1. Set to continuity;
  2. Touch the probes to the wires;
  3. Check if there are signs of burning or deformation.

Replace The Switch

replace the lid assembly

Have you discovered that the part is the culprit behind the problem?

Then you must buy a replacement and do the following:

  1. Attach the wire connector of the new lid switch assembly.
  2. Utilize the metal clips to secure the wire strap.
  3. Position the primary switch near the screw holes adjacent to the lid entrance.
  4. Fasten it with screws.
  5. Establish the connection for the grounding cable and reassemble the cabinet.
  6. Adjust the cabinet until the back panel aligns correctly.
  7. Restore the spring clips and reconnect the wire connector.
  8. Lower the control console and reinstall it.

Once the machine is reassembled, turn it on and test to see if the water will fill the washer.

5. Investigate The Pressure Switch

A pressure switch in a washing machine monitors and controls the water level inside the machine.

It detects the air pressure created by the water level and signals the machine when to stop or start filling with water.

investigate the pressure switch

So let’s check how is the situation of your pressure switch:

  1. Disconnect the power supply;
  2. Locate the pressure switch (it could be near the control panel or inside the machine)
  3. Inspect for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks, loose wires, or corrosion;
  4. Disconnect the electrical connectors;
  5. Adjust the pressure switch settings according to the washer’s user guide;
  6. Reconnect the electrical connectors;
  7. Run a test cycle.

If the water still doesn’t come into the washer, you must disconnect the pressure switch’s wires again and test with a multimeter. Then, depending on the results, replace it.

Note: If you change the water pressure to make adjustments, remember not to test with too strong a pressure. It could result in the washer getting damaged because of the pressure's force.

What We Learned

The Electrolux washer won’t fill with water problem and is quickly analyzable once you know the potential causes. Moreover, you can fix it without calling a technician or Electrolux support.

However, remember to be careful when disassembling components and replacing defective parts.

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