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How can I increase the water level in my HE3t washer? Does not have enough water to wash clothes.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Not enough water

run the machine empty. if the water comes to the bottom of the glass window, you're fine. No you don't need to see the soap suds either, too musch soap will cause the machine not to function properly and won't spin out all the water

Posted on Nov 17, 2007

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SOURCE: TROMM ultra capacity washer water levels

these machines are mean on water and you can open the door after wash starts
use good quality soap powder that suits front loaders and always wash at 40 deg or above
the black stuff is body fat that is still in machine called scud to me
also if you use conditioner in rinse cycle stop using that
it can cause same problem

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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SOURCE: HE3t Kennmore water fill level adjustment?

I completely understand your dilemma as I have the same problem with my HE3. I was so frustrated I called a service tech out before my warranty expired and he told me the #1 complaint about these washers is that they don't get the clothes clean. I was surprised at his honesty! He told me to get a water softener and to use hot water but said nothing about clothes that are supposed to be washed in cold water. I asked him how to adjust the water level and he said the sensor is not adjustable but I have been unable to find out if these is true. I agree with you and believe it's because they use too little water. I have come to absolutely hate this washing machine for many reasons. When washing anything long (jeans, pants, long-sleeve shirts, etc) it literally ties the whole load into a clothes knot. You can grab one item and pull the whole load out because it's a huge knot ball. So tell me, how do the clothes get clean (or properly rinse) when they are in a ball and unable to freely move through the water (which isn't there) in the bottom of the tub? Another problem is that it takes a MINIMUM of 3-4 rinse cycles to get the detergent out of the clothes...yes, I use HE detergent. Here's what I do. I use the 'add a garment feature' to interrupt the cycle after the washer has filled. Then I add about 2-3 gallons of additional water to both the wash and 1st/2nd rinse cycles. This has helped immensely but leads to two more reasons I hate the machine. First, that makes it extremely high maintenance to stand waiting for the moment to add water. Second, when adding the additional water, clothes have a tendency to get caught between the rubber gasket and wash tub where they can sit during the entire cycle not getting clean. On the up side I can say I've never had a mechanical problem with the machine. I am sorry and wish I could help more.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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Your pressure switch stops the water and allows it to start the next cycle. It's a switch either in the control panel or at the top of the tub with a small tube connected to it which goes down between the inner and outer tube. As the water level increases the air in the tube is compressed until there is enough pressure to make the switch stopping the water from filling. This tube can get clogged and the switch won't work. Remove the tube and clean it out. Blowing on the tube when it's still connected to the switch will make the switch if it's working and clear.

Yours seems to be to sensitive and cuts off too soon. You may need a new switch.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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HI, the water level switch(aka pressure switch), is responsible for regulating the water fill level in this situation. It does this through a plastic tube which runs from the switch in the control console down to the side of the outer tub, near the bottom . The tube is filled with air. As water enters the tub it also enters the tube. As water climbs inside the tube, it pushes on the air trapped inside and increases the air pressure. When the air pressure reaches a certain level, it triggers the switch.

I would advise to Inspect the air tube for kinks, breaks or damage. The tube should also be free of water. The tubing should be securely connected to the bottom of the outer tub and to the bottom of the water level switch. If there is water present, the switch must be replaced.

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  1. Water inlet valve. It may not be able to shut completely when the electricity to it has been turned off. The valve may leak and drip water into the clothes tub. Water may accumulate substantially and overflow. Remove the washer's cabinet to access it.
  2. Water level switch. This switch senses the water level in the clothes tub. It is usually a diaphragm device with a small clear tube attached between the switch and the bottom of the washer's outer tub. As the water level in the tub increases, the air pressure in the tube increases and activates the switch when the water reaches a certain level. When the switch is obstructed, it cannot tell the water to shut off and the machine overflows.Clear it from any obstruction.
  3. Air-hose. It is connected to the water level switch through a tube. If the tube or hose is cracked or broken, no enough pressure builds up to trigger the switch and shut the water supply off. Check it for any obvious damage.

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Your pressure switch stops the water and allows it to start the next cycle. It's a switch either in the control panel or at the top of the tub with a small tube connected to it which goes down between the inner and outer tube. As the water level increases the air in the tube is compressed until there is enough pressure to make the switch stopping the water from filling. This tube can get clogged and the switch won't work. Remove the tube and clean it out. Blowing on the tube when it's still connected to the switch will make the switch if it's working and clear.

Yours seems to be to sensitive and cuts off too soon. You may need a new switch.

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  2. Water level switch. This switch senses the water level in the clothes tub. It is usually a diaphragm device with a small clear tube attached between the switch and the bottom of the washer's outer tub. As the water level in the tub increases, the air pressure in the tube increases and activates the switch when the water reaches a certain level. When the switch is obstructed, it cannot tell the water to shut off and the machine overflows.Clear it from any obstruction.

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You don't. Front load washers use only a very small amount of water. They fill a small amount, tumble a bit, resulting in water being absorbed into the clothes, which drops the water level in the tub. The washer senses this and adds more water, which repeats until water level stabilizes. The only way to get more water on wash cycles is to use delicate cycles, which use more water, resulting in a more gentle wash action. Remember that due to the low water consumption of front load washers, you should only use one tablespoon of HE detergent per cycle. (even less if you use 2x or 3x concentrate.) This is a FixYa solution. Your washer is working as designed.

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