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Water level adjustment

Our front loading kenmore washer we've had for over 5yrs, simply dosn't use enough water for washing or rinsing. Yes we have checked the inlet hoses and screens and they're fine. Its been this way since we bought it. We want to increase the amount of water used, how and where do we do this?

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  • melbrookes Dec 10, 2008

    Why doesn't anyone answer this simple question? We want more water in our washing machines. got a probelm with that? And it seems really stupid to invent a water saving "device" when you have to flush it twice to do the same job as an older unit. Stupid. And this washing machine thing is more of the same. Fixit Fixya. Gimme an answer!

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009


    No one should have to go through this just to get a little more water in their machine but I did because I couldn't afford to buy a second new machine and wind up with the same problem.

    People reading the above blog please understand my solution to the problem was to add what I fondly refere to as the Washday Robot an extream solution to the problem. I posted the information to the web hoping that others would realize that too little water was most often the problem with this style of machine and would hopefully cause others to try different solutions to solve the problem. Mike was one of those people that tried by making adjustments to the machine that would cause it to use more water. This adjustment that he made to the pressure switch worked for him and according to many emails that I have received has worked for others. My only observation is that the adjustment he used is an all or nothing adjustment, which probably means that its not adjusting the pressure required to trip the switch. If this adjustment modified the pressure required to trip the switch one would think that any adjustment to the screw described in Mike's email would cause some increase in water level. This doesn't seem to be how the adjustment works though, it seems to take two full turns to the adjustment screw at which point water level increases to a more useable level. I have never tried this on my machine and I have never take my switch apart to try and see how it works. I posted Mike's email hoping that it was a fix to the problem and that others would have the same success that Mike had with his machine. What has driven me to try and get the word out about my experence with our machine and the fact that it doesn't use enough water was when I would read Post by little ladies with a plea for help, they had purchased these machines in good faith and often times couldn't afford to try again because of the cost. They shouldn't have to, the manufacture should have to correct this problen to the satification of the customer. I think as a customer the only way we will ever make this happen is to find the machine that will do the job and support that manufacture, and the only way to do that is to get the word out and get feedback on what others have experienced.

    I will end by telling you that the controller that I added to our machine and how I interfaced it to the machine will allow me to control more that I need to to solve this problem. When I started I wasn't sure what it would take to make the machine wash and rinse properly but in the process found that just adding water to each cycle was all that was required. We do add an extra rinse to each wash cycle and the we use the rinse and spin cycle with an extra rinse every time we wash anything. This may be overdoing it a bit but I don't think so when I look in the washer on its final rinse cycle of the wash cycle and still see soap in the machine. If water could be introduced during the spin cycle and distributed across the full depth of the tub allowing this water to be pulled through the cloths as they spin would probably do the best job and use the least amount of water. I don't think you can say a machine is efficient if it doesn't use enought water to wash and rinse the cloths even if the water bills go down. New cloths usually cost more that a little water, if this wasn't the case we would all be dressed fit to kill!!!


    Joe T.



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On kenmore washer remove or find water level sensor and adjust the level control with phillip headed screw turn clockwise raises water by about two inches in a top load washer

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    turn screw a 1/2 turn


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You don't. Front load washers use only a very small amount of water. They fill a small amount, tumble a bit, resulting in water being absorbed into the clothes, which drops the water level in the tub. The washer senses this and adds more water, which repeats until water level stabilizes. The only way to get more water on wash cycles is to use delicate cycles, which use more water, resulting in a more gentle wash action. Remember that due to the low water consumption of front load washers, you should only use one tablespoon of HE detergent per cycle. (even less if you use 2x or 3x concentrate.) This is a FixYa solution. Your washer is working as designed.

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