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Clothes Washer won't stop filling with water?

If your washer continues to fill with water and does not overflow onto the floor where is that water going???

The water is siphoning from the machine as fast or faster than it it filling. This is caused by one of two situations both have to do with how the drain hose is routed.

The most common is that the drain is too low. The drain for your washer must first rise above the height of the tub or highest water level before it enters the house drain or drainage sink. This height is typically a minimum of 30". So if you are trying to drain the washer into a low pipe, a short sink or down hill you must first raise the hose or piping to that 30" before it heads down hill.

Second cause is where the drain hose is pushed too far into the house drain. A typical drain pipe in the home has a water trap at the bottom. If you put your washer drain hose down into the pipe too far and contact the water in that trap you will also siphon the water from the machine. The drain hose should hook and be secured to the drain pipe and go inside about 6", that's all that is needed.

Other washer issues:

SUDS http://www.fixya.com/support/r4621260-many_suds_in_clothes_washer


ODOR http://www.fixya.com/support/r4621314-odor_from_towels_or_clothes_washer


Control Locked http://www.fixya.com/support/r4624473-control_locked

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my washing machine keeps filling with water


If the washer keeps filling up without overflowing onto the floor , then you have the drain hose too deep into the drain and it is siphoning, pull the drain hose back up from being so deep and have it only about 10 inches into the drain, tie it into place with a shoestring or wire tie.
Now if your problem is that the washer is overflowing onto the floor, then there is a clear rubber hose that has been disconnected from the washer, this is the diaphragm hose. Have a technician reattach it. It shuts the water off and starts the machine when its gets enough water, but it wont if the hose is disconnected. Mr Burk

Feb 15, 2015 | Washing Machines

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washer won't stop filling


Does the water stop filling if machine is unplugged? If yes, bad water valve inside washer.

If water stops when unplugged, may be a faulty pressure switch or airdome hose came loose from switch - located in control panel - water level switch.

If water keeps filling and never overflows onto floor - likely that water is siphoning out drain hose. Raise drain hose higher or allow an air break at the drain hose exit.

Jan 21, 2011 | KitchenAid KAWS750L Top Load Washer

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Continuously adds water, won't cycle & agitate, spins only when manually move dial.Please Help!


If the water is not overflowing onto the floor, then you have a water siphoning problem. raise and loop the drain hose behind the washer so that it is higher than the water level in the machine.

if the water runs over the top of the tub onto the floor and doesn't shut off until you turn the machine off, then you have a pressure switch problem.

if the only way to shut the water off is to turn it off at the faucet then you have a water valve problem.

May 25, 2010 | Whirlpool 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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whirlpool washer fills, begins to agitate, then drains


Water siphoning out the drain line
If the water is continues to fill and water is draining while it is filling or agitating, Check the height of the stand pipe. It should be about 36" above the floor. If the height is correct it may need to have an anti-siphoning valve installed into the drain line.
moz-screenshot.jpgThe washer fills and drains at the same time only on the rinse cycle.
Shut the machine off with timer during this period and raise the drain hose. If the water continues to drain, you will need to install an anti-siphon kit.


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Jan 31, 2009 | Whirlpool LBR4121JQ Top Load Washer

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