Unplug the washing machine from the wall.
Turn off the water to the washing machine. The water valves are usually located directly behind the machine. Twist them clockwise to shut off the water.
Move the washing machine away from the wall. Give yourself enough room to get back there and work comfortably, but at the same time take caution that you don't stretch out the hoses.
Use the pair of pliers to unscrew first the hot, then the cold water hoses from the washer. Keep the towel handy, as some water will spill out.
Use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the filter screens from inside the hose inlet. They look like small round pieces of window screen.
Wash the filters out in a mild solution of water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent. If they're ripped or haven't been changed in a couple of years, replace them with new ones.
Insert the filters back into the washing machine hose inlets.
Reattach the washing machine hoses. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Tighten if necessary. When satisfied, push the washer back into place.
Plug the washer back in. Run a test batch of laundry to make sure that the machine is filling properly.
Things You Will Need
- Needle nose pliers
- Dish detergent
- New screens (if needed)
- If you have hard water in your area and your machine's filters clog frequently, you should investigate hooking up a water softener to your home system.