May 26, 2014
You state that you are on well water. You may have clogged water filters due to hard water. Before turning off the water main, get a hot cup of water. Then turn off the water main to your machine. Get a few towels and a bucket and loosen the cold water hose attached to the back of the machine. If it is gunked up with muck it is from the iron in your water. Take out the little mesh filter and wash it gently under hot water and put it back. Check the other end of the cold water hose too. More than likely if it has a mesh filter it would be clogged as well. The hot water doesn't get clogged that often, but it could so check that hose on both ends as well. Another way to determine if iron is an issue would be to look at your white clothes. Are they orange or rust colored? If so, that is the iron residue left behind after washing them.
If you can get a water filtration system attached to your well, I would recommend it. Not only will it reduce the iron level in your water, but your clothes will come out cleaner since the salt will soften the water as well and will help the detergent rinse out. Your clothes will eventually get duller over time because of the iron in your water. This type of filtration system will soften the water, and the showers you take will make your skin feel soft. A professional who deals with this type of equipment can advise you, or just YouTube the subject and you will get a ton of information. You may also notice stomach irritation or health issues. This may be another indication that your water needs special treatment. It's not an expensive fix, but it is certainly well worth looking into.
Another thing to check is the water valves. Were they recently turned off by accident or for another matter? Check that too. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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