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First i have a maytag atlantis washing machine, it is about 6 to 7 years old. the first problem is the load size water setting switch, it only works on large. that's not a problem as we don't change it. now when you try to turn on it starts washing with no water.

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    kerry deshazo Jul 15, 2009

    i will give it a shot, thanks for the info

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Hello these 2 problems may be related, In most washers they have a pressure switch, this regulates the amount of water that enters the machine. the pressure switch is located inside the control panel...Normally removing a few screws at the back of this panel will give you access. The pressure switch is going to be the one with the small rubber tube attached. Remove the tube blow down it reattach it and then try again. If this does not solve your problem it may be related to the inlet valve. Locate the inlet valve on the back of the machine, pull the terminals off the valve and check to see if the terminals have 110v across them when you start the machine. if you do have 110v across the terminals then replace the valve after checking we do have water. If you don't have 110v (no reading) then check the pressure switch for voltage going in and out...if voltage in but not out replace the pressure switch. Good Luck!!! if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to comment again. Mike

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Hi there,

Dry agitating is often a sign of a bad water level controls /pressure switch. The water level controls, also knows as a pressure switch, might have burnt wires, may be stuck in the full position, or the hose is clogged up.

The water level controls the water fill valve and, when it detects there is enough water in the tub for the wash size selected, it shuts off power to the fill valve and then sends power to the timer. It detects the correct water level via an air tight hose that runs from the outer washer tanks to the water level controls. The hose contains a certain amount of pressure for each load size (small, medium, large). As water fill the washer tub, pressure rises in the hose also. Since the air is trapped in the hose, it is compressed and pushes up a piston in the hose. When the piston is popped up, it closes an electrical contact which shuts off the water fill valve.

A small pin hole or leak will cause the tube to lose pressure and it will not be strong enough to switch off the water fill valve leading to overfill. The reverse problem, like yours, means that the water fill valve might be stuck on the full load position, saying there is enough water in the machine when there is not.

Good Luck!!

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Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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