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My 2 yr old kenmore washing machine overflowed the water did not stop filling the tub until I stop the machine. When I open the machine the tub was almost full of water. Put the machine to spin cycle, water in the tub drained properly. Plumber turned on the machine and run a test to wash, the machine did not overfow. Please advise why the machine overflowed and when test was done to wash again the machine did not overflowed.

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  • vigeeo Jul 28, 2010

    Sorry, the model number is 417.97922701. I called sears the representaive and gave the model number, asked me which switch I was referring to. I told her water level switch but she could not help me since I don't know anything more than a water level switch. The sears rep indicated that there is more than one switch. Thank you!

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Good day,
The only reason that could happen is if the water level switch hung up, at least that time.
The water level switch is in the consule and is connected by a plastic tube to the bottom of the tube. When the washer fills it builds up pressure in that line and causes the switch, which is electrical to switch from filling to agitating.
It may or may not repeat the problem again, at least not soon.
To ease your mind, it may be prudent to replace the switch, since it might occur when your not around the machine, causing a flooding problem.

One trick I learned long ago is o take the model number and call your local appliance parts house and ask how many of that particular switch were sold in the last 90 days.
If it's a commonly sold item then replacing it would be the proper thing to do.
If not, then you'll have to decide whether to wait it out to see what it will do.
However, water can cause a great deal of damage to a house and that should be your deciding factor.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

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  • vigeeo Jul 28, 2010

    Thank you for your answer. The model of my washing machine is Kenmore 97812, do you get a lot of question regarding this particular model.

  • John Hall Jul 28, 2010

    Good day again,

    Not really a lot of calls. But people with near new machines tend to go to Sears for service.

    You could, but it is a Whirlpool machine, that is why I made the appliance parts house suggestion.

    2 years is not enough time to develop a pattern of specific issues. I wish I could give you more info at this time, but until they have been around longer it is an unknown.

    Again, a sharp counter man at an appliance parts house can put your model up on his computer and see sales on replacement parts sales. They are your best friend at this time. It has to be a parts house that deals in decent volume, to get a decent perspective.

  • John Hall Jul 28, 2010

    P.S. That is not a complete model number. It should start with a 3 digit number and a dot, followed by a series of numbers.

  • John Hall Jul 28, 2010

    Good day again,

    Yes, it's called many different things. Fill control/switch. water level switch/control ect.

    My advice ws an independent appliance parts house. Just tell them its the control that determine how high the tub fills. An experienced counter man should have no issue with that. All washers have one. Should not be a difficult issue.

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