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The sensor for suds keeps coming on and stoping the machine

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The suds error is actually triggered by the machine not draining quickly enough. There are a few things that can cause this

  1. Trying to pump too high (usually from a basement)
  2. kinked or obstructed drain hose
  3. lint or other foreign matter in the trap/pump
  4. or actual oversudsing
If you have had this machine for a while and have had no problems and you have not changed additives or water hardness, then it is probably not oversudsing.

Hmmmm, sorry about the run on sentence.

If you have any more questions after checking these possibilities, post them and I'll be more than happy to help.

Good Luck

Posted on May 16, 2010


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