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Oasis water level problems

The machine was overflowing and I found a rub hole in the pressure sensor tube and have ordered a new one. I used first aid tape to seal up the small hole and I recalibrated the pressure sensor thingy. The washing machine now works fine. Almost.


On all of the cycles which have 'high' water levels, such as Bulky, Sheets/Towels,  about half way through the wash cycle (28 minutes left), the machine begins to add fresh water, then agitates a bit, recirculates some water, then adds fresh water. This continues and the machine would overflow if I didn't stop it.


I plan on installing the new pressure hose next week when it arrives. It's possible that other small holes exist in the hose. If the overfilling continues, does this mean the replacement of the machine/motor control assembly? Other tests or reset computer options?


Many thanks in advance. Thanks to whomever posted on another question the link to the service manual for the Whirlpool version.

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  • Louise Weyel Oct 21, 2007

    The rub hole was in the top console area about three inches from the pressure sensor connector. It was at the bend of the hose before it goes downward to the tank connection. Rubbing against wiring harness. Wires not rubbed through.


    More info: during the wash phase of a cycle, it begins to add more fresh water. Either :

    1.  It doesn't think there is enough water and so is adding, or

    2. It is supposed to dump the first wash water (all or part), add some more, agitate a while, then totally drain prior to rinse cycle.


    When I cancel the job by hitting stop, it drains out about as much water as it 'over added' and thinks that's all.

  • Louise Weyel Oct 28, 2007

    Installed new pressure hose, problems solved! Cost me $9.95 for  a new ose. Recommend that if your machine overflows, don't let a repairperson say you need a new control panel without their checking the hose. I believe my 'rub hole' grew over time, which explains why the smaller loads used so much water. Don't forget to recalibrate the pressure switch. Many thanks to watugot



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Most likely, your tape is not holding the pressure and the machine starts filling because it thinks the water is low. The new hose should fix the problem. If not it will probably mean a new control.

I would also like to know the location of the rub hole on the hose. What was it rubbing against? Thanks/Mike

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    Michael Lindley Oct 21, 2007

    You could try coating your tape with glue or nail polish or anything that will seal it against an air leak.

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    Michael Lindley Oct 21, 2007

    Thanks for the reply.

    As the machine fills with water, air pressure builds up in the tube which activates a switch in the control. If the pressure hose is slowly losing pressure, it will fill and start the cycle but as the hose loses pressure the switch will change position and the machine thinks it is out of water so it adds more. When you cancel the cycle, it will drain the water until the pressure switch indicates the water is gone. Since your hose is leaking it thinks the water is gone because the pressure is gone. The pressure involved is very small so it doesn't take much change to affect it.



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