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My Front Load Washer Fills When Not In Use.

This explains how to diagnose a problem where the wash tub fills when the washer is not in use.

The problem is commonly caused by either a pressure switch malfunction, or a bad water inlet valve. The way you can tell is to leave the water turned on and unplug the washer. If the water continues to flow, the problem is the water inlet valve. If the water stops, the pressure switch.

To access either component, you need to remove the top panel of the washer. Locate the three screws that hold the top panel in place in the rear of the washer and remove. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, then lift off. The water inlet valve will be located in the left rear of the washer (as viewed from the front). The pressure switch will be in the rear on the right.

To replace the water inlet valve, follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the washer.

2. Turn off the water source and disconnect the fill hoses from the back of the washer.

3. With the top panel removed, disconnect the dispenser hose(s) and electrical connections to the valve.

4. Remove any mounting screws holding the valve in place and reinstall with a replacement valve.

The pressure switch is even easier. One connector plug and an air hose is the only thing attached to the switch. The switch is usually snapped in place along the interior cabinet wall with no screws holding it in place.

Replacement parts can be purchased on line at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

All these sites offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites on the list also include helpful exploded view diagrams of your washer to help with locating and properly identifying the parts you need.

This applies to Whirlpool manufactured front loaders. Kenmore Elite, Maytag Epic and Frigidaire models are some of the washers that Whirlppol manufactures. If in doubt, always include your model number when posting questions, so that I can determine how your appliance is configured. This is generally a very simple, and expensive repair. If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this information is found to be helpful.

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I have a kenmore 110.8841980 washer and when I am not home it fills up and floods the floor.


The problem you describe is commonly attributed to either a leaking water inlet valve, or a pressure switch malfunction. The following link explains how to diagnose and repair each problem yourself:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753517-whirlpool_top_load_washer_fills_when_not


I've included steps on how to replace any defective parts and part resources if you need to order anything. NOTE: BEFORE assuming you have a defective part, open the back of the operator console and check the pressure switch for a small plastic air hose. The air hose should be attached to the pressure switch. If the hose has slipped off, this can cause the symptoms you describe. If you have any questions, please post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate along the wash tub rim under the lid) and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Dec 16, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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my washer wont stop filling.


The problem you describe is commonly attributed to either a leaking water inlet valve, or a pressure switch malfunction. The following link explains how to diagnose and repair each problem yourself:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753517-whirlpool_top_load_washer_fills_when_not


I've included steps on how to replace any defective parts and part resources if you need to order anything. NOTE: BEFORE assuming you have a defective part, open the back of the operator console and check the pressure switch for a small plastic air hose. The air hose should be attached to the pressure switch. If the hose has slipped off, this will cause the symptoms you describe. If you have any questions, please post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate along the wash tub rim under the lid) and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Oct 25, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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water in tub after it has been sitting all day and sometime a lot of water


This problem is commonly attributed to a water inlet valve leaking by or a pressure switch malfunction. The following link explains how to diagnose the problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753262-front_load_washer_fills_when_not_in_use

If you live in an area that has hard water, or if you use well water, the water inlet valve can clog with sediment, rust, or calcified deposits over time and cause the valve not to close properly. This can cause leak by when not in use.

The pressure switch has a small air hose attached that, if it becomes detached or has any holes in it, will cause the pressure switch to malfunction. This can also result in a washer that fills when not in use, but will also cause the washer to overfill in most cases.

Read through the link provided and let me know if you need further assistance. I have included parts resources and procedures on how to replace each part in the link. If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Jul 22, 2010 | Kenmore HE3T Washer

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i started my washer like normal but once the water is to the level line it doesn't stop. i tried to shut it off with the knob on the washer but it wouldn't stop it. i had to shut my water off from behind the washing machine. please tell me what i can do to fix this?


Are you describing a problem with a FRONT LOADER? Or, a TOP LOADER? If your washer fills, won't shut off and then overflows, this is caused by either a pressure switch malfuction, or a water inlet valve that won't shut off. The following link explains how to diagnose the problem and replace any parts (if required):

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753262-front_load_washer_fills_when_not_in_use If you have a TOP LOADER, the method of diagnosing the problem is the same, but accessing the components is different: http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753517-whirlpool_top_load_washer_fills_when_not
I know the links are for a problem where the washer continues to fill even when it is not in use, but this problem occurs while the washer is running as well. The method of determing the cause is the same.

In many cases, an overflow problem is caused by the air hose slipping off the pressure switch. Without the air hose, the pressure switch never detects the pressure differential from the wash tub as it fills and won't shut off. This causes the washer to overflow and appear as a more serious problem.

Read through the links provided and let me know if you have any questions. If the conditions I have described do not match your symptoms, please post back and elaborate a bit more so I can help you determine the source of the problem. Please include your complete MODEL NUMBER. I hope you find this information helpful.

Apr 21, 2010 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer

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It's a model 110, series 80. The water doesn't stop and it over flows. The machine doesn't start the wash cycle


If your washer fills, won't shut off and then overflows, this is caused by either a pressure switch malfuction, or a water inlet valve that won't shut off. The following link explains how to diagnose the problem and replace any parts (if required):

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3753517-whirlpool_top_load_washer_fills_when_not

I know the link is for a problem where the washer continues to fill even when it is not in use, but this problem occurs while the washer is running as well. The method of determing the cause is the same.

In many cases, an overflow problem is caused by the air hose slipping off the pressure switch. Without the air hose, the pressure switch never detects the pressure differential from the wash tub as it fills and won't shut off. This causes the washer to overflow and appear as a more serious problem.

Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions. If the conditions I have described do not match your symptoms, please post back and elaborate a bit more so I can help you determine the source of the problem. Please include your complete MODEL NUMBER. I hope you find this information helpful.

NOTE: "110" is the manufacturer code, which identifies the manufacturer of your washer as Whirlpool. Please include all the numbers that follow these first three numbers in order to properly identify the model of your washer. The model number is located on a nameplate along the wash tub rim under the lid.

Mar 29, 2010 | Washing Machines

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