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My husband is installing a second-hand Whirlpool washing machine in our son's recently purchased (old) house where the drainpipe is high. How high will the machine pump the water?

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  • gabaet Jun 20, 2009

    Your reply was helpful. My husband said the drain was 63" high and after thinkinking about it, decided to build a small platform for the machine. Glad to know it will work. Many thanks.

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We have our washer in the basement and had a plumber hook it up to the higher drain pipes, at that time he said most machines will pump about 6 feet, that was an old Kenmore and it wore out. We now have a Frigidaire front loader that my husband put on a homemade plywood platform to raise it upand it pumps it up just fine to the pipe, (5yrs) no problems. hope thathelps

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My estate washer continually runs water in the basin but won't fill up. It drains immediately out as the water runs in. What could be the problem?


Assuming the motor isn't running during fill the water is siphoning out and can be caused by a few things.
· The drainpipe to your house may be too low and you either need to extend the pipe up above the top of the tub or run the drain hose from your washer up high.
· Someone may have taped the drain hose from the washer to the drainpipe to your house to stop the water from backing up. To fix this either clean out the drainpipe to your house and remove the tape or install a siphon break.
· If the drain hose from your washer is pushed down the drainpipe too far, this will also cause the same problem. To fix it just pull it out to within about 6 inches of the end of the drainpipe.

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HI my name is ismael and i have a problem with my 27 inches stacked washer when we turn on the washer in all cicles the tank do not keep the water in automaticle the water start drain out thanks for your...


Assuming the motor isn't running during fill the water is siphoning out and can be caused by a few things.
· The drainpipe to your house may be too low and you either need to extend the pipe up above the top of the tub or run the drain hose from your washer up high.
· Someone may have taped the drain hose from the washer to the drainpipe to your house to stop the water from backing up. To fix this either clean out the drainpipe to your house and remove the tape or install a siphon break.
· If the drain hose from your washer is pushed down the drainpipe too far, this will also cause the same problem. To fix it just pull it out to within about 6 inches of the end of the drainpipe.

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My water is draining out of my machine as it is filling, Why?


This is a condition known as syphoning. Your drain hose on the washer needs to go up before it connectes to the house drain. It needs to rise as high as the washing machine top then hook over the drain pipe. If the drain hose is pushed too far into the drain pipe this can also cause syphoning.

Here are some tips to help describe this better.

Is the drain hose extending more than 8" (20.3 cm) into the drainpipe?
The drain hose may be too far down inside the drainpipe (standpipe) or laundry tub. Drained water can siphon back into the washer if the drain hose extends too far. Make sure that the drain hose does not extend more than 8" (20.3 cm) into the drainpipe or laundry tub. Using the U-shape drain hose form (as described in the Installation Instructions), will provide the correct length of drain hose in the drainpipe or laundry tub.
Drain hose form
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Is the drain hose taped onto the drainpipe? Is top of the drainpipe covered in tape?
Do not seal the drain hose into the drainpipe with tape. The drain hose should be loose, yet secure. There must be a gap between the drain hose and the drainpipe to allow air to flow. The air gap will break the suction. This will keep water from being continuously sucked out of the machine (siphoning) as it fills.
Is the drainpipe (standpipe) less than the minimum height of 39" (99 cm)?
Make sure that the top of the drain is at least 39" (99 cm) high (as measured from the floor.) If the drain is below 39" (99 cm), the water will start to flow out of the machine due to gravity. The flow of water can create suction (siphon) and the water will continue to drain out of the washer.
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During the initial rinse cycle, got an OB code which is out of balance. Redistributed the load and it started spinning but stopped with an OB code again. After redistributing the load several times and...


HI,

The Calypso washer takes a very long time to drain or doesn’t drain at all if something stops the flow of water through the pump, any of the hoses, and/or the drainpipe. Then the LD error code begins. It is combinedd with the OB error code, The solution for the above issue is as follows

Read through the following numbered items, and employ all safety precautions before trying them.

1. Check the drainpipe first because it’s most accessible. The drainpipe comes out of the machine through a small indented plate at the upper right of the back of the machine. The pipe is corrugated, and a ring holds the pipe flush to the plate at one of the ridges. Slide the ring away from the plate and remove the plate. Then the pipe is slack and easy to check for kinks and plugs.

2. The LF (overflow, flood) error might be a minor side effect of running the machine through a cycle after erasing the LD code without fixing the drain problem.

To disappear the LF code:
a. Lay the pipe on the floor or ground where it can drain to a sewer, run the washer through a cycle, and the water caught in the tank might or might not run out.
b. Use gravity to drain the machine. Remove the big back panel. Locate and detach two small clear plastic tubes inserted in a small well at the bottom of the water tank. Stand behind the machine and pull it back so it will be on its back on the floor. First, position a strong board or other item to hold the top end about 4 inches above floor level so the machine won’t crush the water hoses and electric cord. Position the board so that the control console hangs free and doesn’t bear any of the machine’s weight. Water should pour out of the water tank through the inlets of the little well without squirting water where water could make trouble. If the machine leaks significantly when it’s upright and going through a cycle later, put the clear plastic tubes back on their inlets and straighten out the plastic overflow bag like somebody forgot to do sooner.
c. Turn off the water supply before putting the machine through subsequent test cycles and/or repeat 2a and 2b as needed after failed repair attempts.

3. The OB error might flash every few seconds when the machine goes through a test cycle, with or without water, and with or without any fabric in the tub. Wander back around to the back of the machine when the big back panel is still off and stare at it. Notice that the OB error beeps and flashes just after the tub and water tank **** to one side. Realize that the drainpipe does more than drain. It also anchors the tub and tank. The OB error occurs because the drainpipe is slack.

4. Stop the OB error by making the drainpipe taut. Put the drainpipe plate back in the back of the machine. Pull the drainpipe taut. Slide the ring on the corrugated ridges until the ring is flush with the plate.

5. Most hoses and inlets that can clog are visible when the machine is upright and the big back plate is removed. They are also visible when the machine is tilted backward and the bottom plate is removed. Either way, the clamps that hold the hoses to the inlets are difficult to get at with a wrench; and they are too sharp and strong to squeeze by hand. If necessary, use a hammer to whack the hose clamps so they go where they can be reached with a wrench. Be sure to leave the clamps accessible when putting the machine back together.

6. Hoses and clamps that can’t be reached through the bottom, can probably be reached through the front of the machine after the front wall is removed.

7. The front wall of the machine can be removed after the top of the machine is removed. Use a wide chisel or putty knife to remove the top. Insert the chisel under the top near the two clamps that hold the top down. The clamps are inside. Use a flashlight to locate them through the **** under the top.

8. Some do-it-yourselfers report that pages of useful information and instructions are inside a plastic bag taped inside the front wall of the machine.

9. A repair manual in pdf format can be downloaded for free at http://www.affordableappliance.com/Download%20Folder/Calypso%20Washer%20Service%20Manual.pdf
Manual is Job Aid part #8178010 (L-67) for Whirlpool Electronic Control Washer with Calypso Wash Motion Model GVW-9959K-0. 68 pages, including blank pages for notes.

10. The original drain pump has three pieces.
(a) The electric motor.
(b) A horseshoe shaped housing for water wheels.
(c) A capacitator.
An improved replacement pump combines the motor and water wheels. The replacement pump costs $100+. The three pieces can’t be replaced separately as needed at low cost. Before spending $100+ that would be better spent at the Laundromat or on a new machine, try the following.

11. Remove the horseshoe shaped water wheel housing and poke inside for lint and other blockages. The housing is easy to remove. Squeeze the hose clamps and slide the hoses off the inlets. Pop the two metal clamps that hold the housing to the motor. Carry the wheel housing to a place with comfortable seating and strong light. Lint removal can take several hours with any of the ad hoc devices that the do-it-yourself community has jerry rigged for the job. Don’t give up right away if lint doesn’t immediately reveal itself. Rotate the wheels and they might eventually churn up lint from the invisible interior of the housing.

12. If there is no lint, or lint removal doesn’t stop the LD error, the problem could be a ball where the drainpipe attaches to its inlet at the tank. Eliminate the ball by purchasing and installing a generic drainpipe that fits the inlet and doesn’t have a ball.

13. The problem could be the hole in the center of the water wheel housing where the shaft of the pump motor fits. The hole is ridged to grab the gear-like shaft. The ridges can strip off and then the shaft won’t grab and turn the wheels. When the wheels don’t turn, water won’t circulate and drain. The problem can be fixed with glue. Put glue in the hole, fit the wheel housing on the shaft, clean excess glue, and let dry. The person who reported success with repair by glue didn’t say what kind of glue he/she used.
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When starting the wash or rinse cycle, the washer keeps filling and the water is draining out like it would do before the spin cycle...


Assuming the motor isn’t running during fill the water is siphoning out and can be caused by a few things.
  • The drainpipe to your house may be too low and you either need to extend the pipe up above the top of the tub or run the drain hose from your washer up high.
  • Someone may have taped the drain hose from the washer to the drainpipe to your house to stop the water from backing up. To fix this either clean out the drainpipe to your house and remove the tape or install a siphon break.
  • If the drain hose from your washer is pushed down the drainpipe too far, this will also cause the same problem. To fix it just pull it out to within about 6 inches of the end of the drainpipe.

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Tub won't fill with water so that we can add dye for dying clothins; Water runs and drains, won't fill tub


Assuming the motor isn’t running during fill the water is siphoning out and can be caused by a few things.
  • The drainpipe to your house may be too low and you either need to extend the pipe up above the top of the tub or run the drain hose from your washer up high.
  • Someone may have taped the drain hose from the washer to the drainpipe to your house to stop the water from backing up. To fix this either clean out the drainpipe to your house and remove the tape or install a siphon break,
  • If the drain hose from your washer is pushed down the drainpipe too far, this will also cause the same problem. To fix it just pull it out to within about 6 inches of the end of the drainpipe.

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Hi Mary, I'm going through similar experiences with my new Whirlpool which I learned to hate. I'm not an expert, however, I learned a thing or two about washers recently. Your problem could be related to one or two things: The drainpipe hose should not be placed more than 8" in length in the drainpipe as it creates a siphon effect. Also, the new washers are designed to spin fast, thus higher water pressure exiting into the drainpipe. If your drainpipe is clogged up for some reason and cannot handle the high water pressure, that may also create a problem. This can be solved by using some Draino in the drainpipe. Hope this helps.

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