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Drain hose is connected (tightly, have disconnected and reconnected several times) and bucket still fills with water. The unit is on a table and the hose drains into a sink that is below the table level. Any suggestions? THanks!

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what this indicate is that there is a blockage on the water pipe(drainage or hose)

what you will have to do to fix up the problem is to disconnect the hose from it position, than after you have disconnected the drain hose bale out the water if possible then you will see some dirty that have cost the water blockage from the hose flow remove any form of dirty you can fine around the hose then the water will be able to flow has expected

thank you and thanks for using fixya.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010


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