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Water pours out from soap/softener drawer at top...

My MAH9700 pours water all over during fill and rinse. A repairman told me to contact Maytag for a new door gasket, and left. I opened the soap-fill drawer at the wash start and found water not draining into the drum fast enough, causing overflow down front on to the floor. If I hit pause and wait for it to drain (babysit the entire wash/rinse) it's ok. All hose clamps are ok and there's no kink or visible problem with the drain hole. Could this be as simple as a water pressure problem? I have the same issue with the Whirlpool WFW8300SW01 (Duet Sport). I've checked the drain at the bottom, pulled some stuff out, yet there is no change in the problem. If I leave the drain open at the bottom, the water (left over from the waterfall in the dispenser) will slowly drain out. Otherwise the it just sits there.

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  • lanmy_mai Apr 15, 2009

    My Whirlpool Duet sport WFW8300SW02, at the washer start and found water not draining into the drum fast enough, causing overflow down front onto the floor.

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I'm guessing, what with this having been posted nearly a year ago, that this has been resolved, one way or another, but I thought I would post this solution for the benefit of others:

We had this same problem, where water was flowing out from underneath the detergent dispenser. The problem we had was a blockage between the dispenser and the drum, so after taking the console and door-panel off the washer, I removed that black tube from the dispenser to the drum and pulled out the matted-up sock which had somehow made its way there. Good luck!

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We had the same problem and I just fixed it based on advice here and other websites. I used a slightly different approach and came at it from the top side. I think it may be more work from that direction but eventually I got to a sock stuck between the drum and the watersupply hose coming from the detergent bin.

DONT FORGET, if you have something stuck in this location, you may also have some things stuck in the drain trap under the drum. 2 weeks prior we had a leak from the bottom of the washer and from advice on this site and others I pulled the 3 screws that attach the bottom panel (pull drawer out and look for screws) and unscrewed the drain trap to find it was loaded with socks.

I think the moral of the story here is to buy a mesh bag of some sort and put small items in it. Kids socks, washcloths, etc slip in between the washer seal and clog these two locations. The washer really does eat socks. :-)

Posted on Apr 22, 2010

  • IndyJared Oct 15, 2010

    Another 6 months of experience with this washer....
    1. I have had to clean out the drain trap 2 more times. My wife's thin stockings now have to go into the mesh bag along with kids socks and bibs. The mesh bag has helped quite a bit.
    2. One day a kids book got into the washer and was turned into paper clumps. Shortly after this the seal around the washer started leaking. I check the top clogging point and the drain but they were clean. The issue had to be the main seal. I inspected the seal and the door and found a build-up of soap-scum/mildew that I thought may be compromising the seal. I used TILEX mold-mildew remover and cleaned the door and the seal really well. I applied a thin layer of white lithium grease to the seal and no more seal problems.
    3. Leveling - the washer is VERY sensitive to leveling. You need to have your level bubble EXACTLY right in order to reduce washer noise. It takes a while but you CAN get it leveled and working well.
    4. If we have many more problems we are considering getting what we can for the washer as scrap metal and buying another. At least we have not had a board failure yet...*knock on wood*

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I just wanted to thank-you for posting this solution(#2). We had a washcloth stuck in ours! You have saved us $$$$!

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