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RAT PROBLEMS Rats got into my washer and chewed through the water inlet hose and the clear pressure hose that regulates the fill level. I replaced the inlet hose with a genuine hose. For the clear hose I got a similar hose from a hardware store, same length, approximate i.d. I connected the clear hose to the regulator and heard the valve (open or shut, I don't know which). At the same time, I pinched the hose and connected it to the washer basin. The machine fills with water. There are no leaks, but the washer continues to fill without stopping. What can I do? The machine is a Kenmore 110.92380200, stock #23802.

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  • paradisefoun Dec 02, 2008

    As it turns out the clear hosing is very specific. While the hose I picked up at Lowe's was close, but no cigar. Once I got the "official" hose and installed it the machine works like a charm. I've also tried to rodent proof the machine to keep the creature from getting to the hoses.

  • luswinton Dec 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with rats getting inside my Kenmore front loading washer - they first chewed through the water pump; had that replaced and about a week later they chewed through another hose that was on the upper part of the washer (inside) - water got into the controls so I am now faced with replacing the washer. Is there any way to rat proof a new one? I have been unable to find any company that says their machines are rat proof.



    TIA.

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You need to reset the switch just blow down the pipe at the opposite end to the switch till it cick again if that doesent work check for air leaks spread washing up liquid on the whole pipe and look for bubbles check wiring also

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