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Washing machine won't empty water

Crappy 2nd hand washing machine bought for 50$AU from neighbour. 

Have used for two months - with reasonable results.  Sometimes it seems to have leaked only a little.  I primarily use it on one type of wash as it doesn't seem to leak on this one...however, my flat mate changed the dial to water level small load (maybe she's done it before - and doesn't use the same dial position as I) but since this just happened when she did this - I thought maybe it had something to do with it - most likely not, but that's about all the info I can give just has refused to empty the water, I've tried mulitple dial positions, etc.  No happiness.

I appreciate any help you are able to provide.  Nice to have found your site.  Not sure if the product is correct it is an Admiral 510 top loader.

Kind regards,

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Re: Washing machine won't empty water

This can often happen on a top loader if the lid switch is not engaging properly.  The drum usually rotates (slowly at first, then much higher speed as the water is expelled) and, as a safety precaution, there is a locking mechanism for the lid. You will get the same result if you leave the lid open... cycle just pauses at the drain/rinse/spin part of the cycle.
Now, to solve the problem...
First we need to confirm the problem ...put the dial in spin cycle and see if you can open the lid, or if it is locked.  If the lid opens ,then you are probably not engaging the switch that enables the washer to lock the lid ( and turn on the pump).
THe switch is activated by a piece of plastic ( often in the form of a loop) attached to the lid which pokes through a slot in the metal top of the washer. a microswitch is located down in the slot. If part or all of the plastic piece is broken, the switch will not be activated.  If found to be broken, these are available at any appliance parats store, cheaply.
Sometimes the switch mechanism shifts down slightly or the internal workings of the switch wear down to where the plastic piece does not push the switch down far enough to activate.  You can test for this -*USING GREAT CARE*  by inserting a plastic stick or other non-conductive (electrical) material (a popsicle stick or plastic drinking straw works fine) that fits in the slot and can be pushed down an inch or so.  The test would be to put the machine in the spin part of the cycle and, with the lid open, insert the stick/straw down into  the  slot (you may hear a click from the  switch). This should turn on the pump if the problem  was that the switch had not been contacted properly by the plastic part on the lid.  Only do this for a moment as it is not safe to run the washer with the lid open (they lock the lid for a reason :).
If this procedure does start the pump, then you have isolated the problem and need to have the plastic part on the lid press down further into the slot to activate the  switch.   For a $50AU washer , i might try to build up  the plastic part with some tape to penetrate into the slot further (dont put on so much that it doesnt fit in the slot or gets in the way of the locking mechanism).
Alternatively you could replace the switch or plastic part, or both (replacing the switch will require taking off the front panel).

do the tests suggested and get back to me.

(from a yank that would like someday to visit coober pedy and ayers rock, along with the other spectacular places and people of Australia... oh, yes, and meet Crocidile Dundee too  :)

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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