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How to Clean Your Clothes Washer’s Water Line Filters

By: Joe Truini

Clothes washers have filters on the hot and cold intake water lines to prevent debris in the water line from getting into the washer. Over time these filters can become clogged with sand and sediment and need to be cleaned.

To clean filters on clothes washer water lines:

  1. Turn off the water to the washer.
  2. Unscrew the hot and cold hoses on the back of the washer.
  3. Squirt the filters on the washer with water in a spray bottle.
  4. Use a stiff acid brush to remove any remaining dirt or debris.
  5. Reattach the hot and cold hoses to the washer.
  6. Turn the water back on, and check for leaks.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

Joe Truini: If your washing machine seems to take forever to fill with water, here’s the reason why. If you disconnect the hoses on the back side, you’ll see that there are small filters inside each of the hot and cold water fill. And those filters are designed to keep sediment such as sand, dirt, and minerals from passing through into the machine. So what you need to do at least two or three times a year is clean out the filter, and here’s an easy way to do that.

Take a plant mister filled with water and hold a cup underneath it just to catch some of the water and dirt, and just spray right in there. And you’ll see the dirt comes right out. See that? And then what I like to do, most of the dirt comes out just with that. What I like to do is come back with a small acid brush, and just scrub it a little bit just to get any stubborn bits of dirt and sand out, and then spray it one more time. And of course, you need to do this on both the cold and the hot.

And again, if you do this a couple of times a year, it’ll keep the filters clean and the water will be flowing freely.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 9th, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Hi, Kathie,
    We recommend contacting Whirlpool for product-specific questions.
    Here’s where you can do that:
    Good luck!

  • Kathie Oconnor Says:
    April 25th, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I have a new Whirlpool HE Turbo front loader. When I did a normal whites load of wash I had gotten an F1 code. The water didn’t drain but kept on sloshing the clothes back and forth. I finally canceled and then drained and spun the clothes. Does the F1 code mean that there is a problem with the washer, or should I assume the screens are clogged? The washer is new and I have only done about 10 loads of wash. Thank you.

  • MamaDebbie Says:
    September 20th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This worked great for about five minutes then when I took the hoses off the cold water one was clogged with heavy grit and dirt. Our well water gets gritty and dirty when it rains heavy. My question is there a more permanent solution as in a small filter to keep it from clogging the tiny screen going into the washer. I can’t afford anything elaborate but I need something! Thank you so much for your help and website, we all need help once in a while ?

  • Peo Says:
    June 25th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Those filters can pull out. Rinse under tap

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 7th, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Hi, Jane!

    Danny says, “You may try lighter loads in the washing machine to see if it could better handle dealing with the excess sand.”

    Good luck!

  • Jane Says:
    June 12th, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Live close to beach, but try to rinse out towels and swimsuits well, prior to
    washing in top load washer. At times, I notice sand particles left on clothing, after washing cycles are completed. Also, some sand at bottom of washer tub. Will cleaning water line filters help? I’m thinking there may be a form of blockage within the many vents in the laundry tub. Any suggestions, please.

  • Freda Hunnicutt Says:
    July 21st, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I have a problem with a film in my washer at the water line on the tub. I have tried vinegar with hot water, new stainless hoses, removed agitator cleaned it, squirted vinegar in holes in washer and still get film after one load of wash at water line on tub.

  • JoAnn Ponsaa Says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Great info on cleaning high efficiency washing machines. Thanks

  • JoAnn Ponsaa Says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Great info on high efficiency washing machines. Thanks

  • christian wihtol Says:
    January 14th, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    this is a great tip. thank you. i have previously cleaned the filters using a qtip, but that did not do a great job and the filters kept re-clogging. i had not thought about using a mister. I was amazed at how much grit came out.

  • Nicki Says:
    September 6th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    What if there are no filters on the hose attachments is there a way to clean any dirt and sediment out of the machine?
    Thank you

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