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I have an older model kenmore that has recently developed a problem with the water control. When setting the program to wash, the washer fills up but the water does not seem to shut off...it leaks in during all cycles...and over flows....any ideas?

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The water level is controlled by the pressure switch. The switch is located inside the operator console behind the load level/size selector knob. You either have a pressure switch that is malfunctioning, or something more simple. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r762094-washer_overflows

I would first run a small amount of water in the wash tub (about 1/4 full), shut the washer off and unplug. Open the console and see if the small air hose is still attached to the pressure switch. If not, reconnect and your problem should be solved. If the air hose IS attached carefully disconnect it and blow through it. You should get air bubbles in the wash tub if the hose is not clogged or leaking somewhere. If the hose is damage in anyway, replace it.

Double check your electrical connections and make sure the contacts are clean. Sometimes the contacts corrode with age and will not function properly.

If all these preliminary mesures do not work, replace your pressure switch.

If you need to access the interior of the washer, follow these steps:

1. Unplug washing machine.

2. Remove console. This can be accomplished in one of two ways depending on which type of console you have.

a. If the console has removable end caps, the caps lift off by prying on the top from the back of the washer. The cap will pull off towards you as you are facing the unit from the front of the washer. There will be a screw under each end cap that you will need to remove.

b. If the console does not have removable end caps, you will need to slide a putty knife under the front corner of each side and push in while lifting up. There is a retaining clip under each side that has to be released.

3. Once the console has been released it will lift up and fold back over the back of the washer in its resting position. Use care not to stress the small plastic hinges that hold it on. They can break easily.

4. Under the console will be two large brass colored clips. Take a large flat blade screwdriver and place it in the groove of the clip on the washer top. With the screwdriver firmly in the groove, push away from you towards the back of the washer. This will release the clips.

5. Disconnect the lid switch connector plug. This is the white colored plug on the washer top under the console.

6. Remove the washer casing. Open the lid of the washer. Using one hand, grip under the front rim of the washer opening. Do not grab the wash tub, just the casing. Tilt the washer case from the back first towards you, slide forward slightly, and then lift up. The entire case comes off exposing the wash tub and components.

Check the lower right hand side of the wash tub. There should be a small plastic air hose attached to what is called the "airdome". If this air hose comes off, the tub will leak as it starts to fill. The other end of this hose connects to the pressure switch. Do a visual check to see if anything may be clogging it. You can remove the hose if it is clogged and blow air through it to remove most obstructions.

To reinstall the washer casing, follow these steps to ensure you get the case correctly placed and secure on the frame:

1. Re-install washer case. With the lid of the washer open, grasp case under front rim and place it on the washer frame. While looking down through the washer lid opening, make sure the front lip of the case is placed UNDER the washer frame and rocked back onto the frame to ensure that the small cleats on the frame fit into the slotted grooves on the washer case base. If you do not get the case seated correctly it will rattle and vibrate while the washer is in operation.

2. Make sure the back of the washer fits into the washer casing on each side by leaning over the front of the washer and grasping the back panel and pull towards you. Reinsert the brass clips by placing the clips into the slot on the back of the washer first, and then forcefully push then down into the opening on top of the washer.

3. REINSTALL LID SWITCH CONNECTOR. It is easy to forget. If you do not reconnect it, the washer will not work correctly.

4. Reinstall console.


Let me know if you need any further assistance. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

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