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Re: Water overflowing out of dispensers
Sounds like there is a clog in the bleach dispenser or it is bad and needs to be replaced. First thing to try is cleaning the washer out. Run about a cup of vinegar in the washer. Pour it into the bleach dispenser and the tub and all the other dispensers too. Run it on hot water on a heavy load. This will clean out all of the hoses and if there are any clogs it will fix them. This can be done every month or so to keep it clean. If this doesn't work however it means that the bleach dispenser is bad. It has a timer set to it to open up when it's time, that wire harness that hooks into it is just causing the problem. Hopefully though all it needs is a good cleaning. Let me know if you have any other questions and let me know if this was helpful. Good luck and have a good rest of the weekend.
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Do you now where the leak is coming from? You may have to remove the outside sheet metal to observe the motor and tub. More than likely, the leak may be caused by a faulty pump or a seal in the pump.
If the machine overfills, you can get water on the floor as well, but you would notice that the machine appears too full.
The leaky bleach dispenser probably just needs to be removed, inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Water gets pumped thru it and any clog or problem with the pathway the water follows can cause overflow or a leak. BUT deal with the water problem first, that's the most important. A leaky pump will only get worse.
Also check the hose connections on the back of the washer. Old and cracked rubber washers can allow water to leak.
Hello Denise C - There are several things that could cause the bleach to not dispense into the washer. Are you sure the liquid in the dispenser after the wash is bleach? If it is pure bleach, the solenoid that lets the water into the dispenser is not working. This solenoid is located on the back of the dispenser. It only gets voltage during the dispense time and fills the bleach dispenser with water. The bleach dispenser fills while the washer is filling for the rinse cycle.
When the washer begins to fill for the rinse cycle, the bleach solenoid is energized and water flows into the bleach dispenser cup. When the cup is full the water siphons out and bleach and water flow into the tub.
If the liquid in the bleach dispenser is pure bleach you may need a technician to diagnose and repair the problem. The voltage will have to be tested to the bleach solenoid and a volt meter is required.
If the liquid in the bleach dispenser is water you probably need to clean the dispenser cup. Scum will build up in the siphon tube and stop the liquid from going into the washer tub. The incoming water will dilute the bleach and overflow the dispenser cup and run into the tub.
Remove the insert from the bleach and fabric softener compartments. Clean the bottom of the insert and the bleach and fabric softener compartments. Reinstall the insert and put the drawer back inside the washer.
To test the siphon action slowly pour water into the bleach compartment. When the water level goes above the maximum line stop pouring. The water should all drain out. You may also test the fabric softener compartment the same way.
Although there are a few leaks
common to all brands, most brands have leaks that are peculiar to their
design. GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and others all have common and well-known leak
areas. After reading this section, see the chapter about specific brands for
details. A common "leak" zone
is not a leak at all; the wall drain backs up and overflows onto the floor.
This is commonly misdiagnosed as a leak. It can be difficult to diagnose; the
problem may be intermittent. Depending on how badly the drain is clogged,
there may be a little water or a lot, or it may only overflow every second or
third load. While diagnosing a leak, do not be too quick to write this
diagnosis off. If you suspect that your drain
is backing up, but you can't quite ever be there at the right time to observe
the overflow, try this: wrap some toilet paper around the drain hose just
above the wall drain pipe. If it backs up, the paper will get wet. Even if
you're not there when it happens and the paper dries out, it will have
crinkled up, and you'll know your drain's backing up. If it isn't the drain, run the
machine with a full load. Without moving the machine, get right down on the
floor and look under the machine with a flashlight. Try to find the general
area where water is dripping to the floor; front or back of the machine, left
or right side. Open the cabinet and look for
mineral or soap deposits where there shouldn't be any.
Trace the deposits in the
natural direction of waterflow (against gravity or centrifugal force) back to
the source of the leak. Fill the machine again and run it through a cycle or
two. Be patient; use your eyes and your brains. There is no magic, easy way
to detect a leak. The usual places are: WATER VALVE: The guts of the fill solenoid valve
sometimes will corrode. You may see water leaking from, or rust on the top of
the solenoid. (See figure G-7A) Since the valves only open during a fill
cycle, this may appear as an intermittent leak. The solution is to replace
the valve. PUMP: Usually from around the pulley seal.
Some washer pumps have a hole that allows water to weep out when the seal
starts to go bad. The solution is to replace or rebuild the pump. BLEACH DISPENSERS: Bleach is VERY hard on plastic
parts. If the bleach dispenser gets old and brittle, it can crack or break
off, and the flush water can leak out.
There are a couple of reasons why the fabric softener will not dispense. If everything else dispenses properly (detergent and bleach), then I would suspect a bit of plugging. If the softener remains in the dispenser, the water valve above the tray may be sticking. You'll have to get the top up to check it. If there is water in the tray, or some water/softener, then you'll need to look at the overflow cap. Here's how that works: Your dispensing trays for bleach and softener have a raised tube built into them, and each is covered with a loose fitting cap. When water is let into the tray, the level rises under the cap until it overflows, creating a syphon. The softener is literally pulled from the tray, and chased by the water. When the water stops, the tray level continues to drop, until air gets into the cap, breaking the syphon. The cap can be removed and cleaned. Sometimes the tray has to be removed first. Theres a catch towards the rear of the tray.
Best regards, W/D
My Frigidaire front loader was doing the same thing and also not taking the bleach. I could hear that the water pressure was not real strong when I turned the machine on. I removed the two small screens on the back of the machine where the water supply hoses attached, found they were partially clogged and cleaned them well. The bleach and softener dispensers are now working like new.
Make sure it is actually bleach, and not water. Most models with a bleach dispenser in the drawer actually dispense the bleach by adding water to the cup and allowing the mixture to overflow into the machine- so that pure bleach doesn't land on your favorite shirt before there is any water in the machine.
Sounds like the seals & gaskets have failed. If you removed the wash plate trying to unjam the washer and did not also replace the gasket kit, you may have violated the integrity of the water tight seals.
However, sometimes also the fabric softener dispenser especially, gets clogged and may overflow and leak if the tubes are clogged with coagulated fabric softener.
As I am writing this, my washer's fabric softener dispenser is clogged and the method I use to clear it has not worked this time - a cup of boiling water to melt the congealed fabric softener.
One has to open the top lid (method varies by Calypso model - Whirlpool or Kenmore) to get to the dispenser tubing and reservoir underneath to get things flowing again, and in fact I have a small water leak on the floor where the dispenser overflowed a bit.
That you have a leak, if it happens to come from such a clog, at least gives you a sign that your dispenser solenoids are not malfunctioning, requiring replacement of one of the circuit boards.
Check your exit hose spigot, it may be clogged. This is if your filter is all clean. There should be air for passage in the standpipe behind. Your hose should not fit airtight into the standpipe and neither too deep into it. Snaking out your standpipe would be good too.