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Washer water doesn't stop running and over flows. Waeher works 2 out of five times then overflows again. Kenmore 70 series

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It's probably your overflow valve that's causing the problem. Sometimes it can get suds in it causing it to not register and overflow the water. What you can do is take the overflow hose off from the side of the tub and blow into it a few times to force any suds out. Next, after you reconnect it, run a load with no clothes and about a cup of white vinegar through it. Put the vinegar in the soap dispenser, the tub, the bleach area, and fabric softener area and run it on hot water and heavy load. This will clean out all of the hoses and any suds that are caught beneath the tub in the reservoir. After this it should work just great. If you are using powder soap, STOP, use liquid. Powder will cause a lot more suds and it doesn't dissolve well unless it's being used with hot water. If you have any other questions let me know, also let me know if this was helpful to you. Good luck and have a great rest of the weekend.

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