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I have an older maytag washer. It fills over the

I have an older maytag washer. It fills over the agitator with water on any water level setting. It it safe to say I need a new water level sensor, and how hard are they to find and install?

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I had the same problem on an older Maytag washer (A412 series?). The solution is easy...but a bit dirty. The problem is that your level switch, which is actually a pressure switch, is not actuating because its sensing line is plugged. The line usually plugs at the sensing line manifold (larger diameter tube) with washer "gunk" or slime near its connection to the drum. Note that there are not that many connections to the drum, so you should be able to find it and remove it. Access to the front interior of the washer will be necessary (its easy...the front panel rotates up and off). Access to the top instrument/control panel may be necessary to unhook the sensing line from the pressure switch if complete purging of the line is necessary. Take care when working with the pressure switch for their internals can be easily damaged.

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