Sticks on drain cycle and cannot be stopped
Water constantly running down the drain, and the washing machine
repeatedly topping up with water, can be caused by faulty plumbing. The
may get stuck on a wash, or rinse program, caught in a cycle of
with water and losing it down the drain. When siphoning has
can stick forever in this cycle. NOTE: These
symptoms can also be caused by totally different faults. Indesit
machines (and some others) for example can force the washing
machine into a constant cycle
of filling with cold water and pumping the water away if it thinks
the washing machine is overheating (possible faulty thermistor).
The main difference is that in this scenario, the water is being pumped
down the drain and the water pump can be heard running, whereas in
the water is just running down the drain through gravity.
Siphoning occurs when the end of the drain hose is lower than the
of the water inside the washing machine. It's exactly the same
as siphoning beer out of a barrel into bottles or siphoning petrol
a tank. If the end of the drain hose is very low, then water can
out as soon as it enters the washing machine. If it's just
than it should be, then siphoning is usually triggered when the
machine first pumps water out or even just occasionally.
This fault most often occurs when the washing machine has been
out for cleaning or relocated in a new house etc. It can also
a drain hoses stand pipe isn't properly secured to the wall and
over at an angle.
The drain hose should also not be pushed down too far down into
the waste water
pipe, which can cause siphoning just the same as if the stand pipe
is too low. It needs to go just far enough in to prevent it falling
out but it will fall out if not secured properly with a crook or tape.
the stand pipe that the drain hose is being pushed into is too
it may need raising. It could have fallen through the floor boards
in which case you can gently raise it and secure it to the wall with
proper brackets. If it was just installed too short, you can add a small
You should ensure that the plastic crook supplied
with the washing machine is fitted to the end of the drain hose.
forces it into a shepherd's hook. The length of drain hose
out of the crook should be about 4 or 5 inches. If the plastic
missing, I tape the drain hose in.
You could have a bad drain pump solenoid.
Mar 07, 2010 |