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My Whirlpool Top 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 (also known as a mixing 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 is the problem.

The most common source of this problem is a water inlet valve that is leaking by. The following link explains step-by-step how to replace a defective valve:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575881-replacing_water_inlet_valve_on_whirlpool

If the Pressure switch is determined to be the problem, you need to either remove the back panel of the operator console, or lift the entire console if it does not have a removable back, to access the switch. Depending on how the console is designed, will depend on which of the following methods is required to lift the console:

a. If the console has removable end caps, the caps lift off by prying on the top from the back of the washer. The cap will pull off towards you as you are facing the unit from the front of the washer. There will be a screw under each end cap that you will need to remove.

b. If the console does not have removable end caps, you will need to slide a putty knife under the front corner of each side and push straight back while lifting up. There is a retaining clip under each side that has to be released.

c. Some consoles have a series of screws located in the back. Simply loosen the screws to release the console.
Once the console has been released it will lift up and fold back over the back of the washer to its resting position. Use care not to stress the small plastic hinges that hold it in place. They can break easily.

The pressure switch is located directly behind the load level selector knob. The switch can easily be replaced by following these steps:

1. Make sure the washer is unplugged. Dangerous voltage is still present even with the washer turned off.

2. Remove the selector knob that is attached to the pressure switch on the front panel.

3. Remove the electrical connector(s) from the pressure switch and the air hose.

4. Loosen any mounting screws holding the switch in place and remove.

5. Install replacement switch in the reverse order of the steps provided.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you reconnect the air hose. The air hose is used by the pressure switch to detect the pressure differential in the wash tub as the washer fills. Wihtout it and the washer will not shut off as it fills and it will overflow.

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 you with locating and properly identifying the parts you need.

This applies to Whirlpool manufactured top loaders. Kenmore, Roper, Estate, Kelvinator, Frigidaire and later model Maytag 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. Both of these repairs are very simple, and expensive. 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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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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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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water dose not stop runing and go into wash mode


Does your washer constantly attempt to fill and never does? Or, does the washer continue to fill and overflow?

If the washer is constantly trying to fill, but your water level does not change, you may have a condition known as siphoning. Siphoning occurs when you don't have a proper air gap on the drain line and the washer will actually drain as it attempts to fill. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575830-how_to_prevent_washer_siphoning

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:

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 differntial from the wash tub as it fills and won't shut off.

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.

Mar 28, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Kennmore Elite washer keeps filling with water eventhough the spin cycle is on. Also, sometimes it doesn't drain. Any thoughts...it was purchased in 2005 and is a top loader


This may be caused by a pressure switch malfunction or a water inlet valve that is leaking by. The following link explains how you can determine which one may be causing your problem:

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

Is this a simple problem of the washer continuing to fill with water when its not in use? Does the washer overflow? Does the water shut off after the cycle ends? These are some good questions that can help lead you in the right direction.

Check the small air hose that runs from the bottom right hand side of the wash tub to the pressure swtich. If this hose has come loose from the pressure switch, or from the air dome on the wash tub, the pressure switch will not sense the pressure differential coming from the wash tub as the unit fills. Also, if the air hose is cracked, ripped, split, or clogged somewhere, you will get the same symptoms.

If you need further assistance, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate along the wash tub rim under the lid) so that I can determine how your washer is configured. I hope this helps lead you in the right direction.

Feb 13, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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kenmore 90 series won't stop filling with water


A common cause to the constant fill problem is the air dome hose coming loose from the pressure switch. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r762094-washer_overflows

It is common for the hose to come loose and fall off the pressure switch from vibration and from becoming stretched. Without this hose attached, the pressure switch cannot detect the change in pressure from the wash tub as the washer fills. The result is a washer that continues to fill to the point of overflowing. If the hose IS attached, check the entire length of the hose for leaks. Also, double check the electrical connections to the pressure switch to ensure good contact. All these steps will assist you in determining if you have a bad pressure switch, or a problem that requires no parts. Please read through the rest of the link and let me know if you still require assistance. I hope this helps you.

May 27, 2009 | Washing Machines

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