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I read your post on siphoning and hope you can help. My washer has intermittantly had the problem of continually draining, at times I could change water level to med and it would actually fill. It became more frequent, after searching I the web I checked the hose and it was attached to the drain pipe real tight. We pulled it out and reattached it loosely, ran the washer, it cycled thru everything fine but now there was water on the floor. We snaked the drain pipe and there was no clog. My husband thinks the prob is the timer switch. A few weeks ago our daughter turned the knob the wrong way. Any help or ideas? The washer is only a little over a yr old. We live in a small town and it's two weeks to get a repairman.

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Was the water coming from the drain line, or the washer? A timer switch wouldn't cause the drain line to overflow. If the timer were defective, the washer would not advance properly, get stuck on a cycle, or not run at all. I may be wrong, but I haven't seen a timer that causes an overflow. The water level is controlled by a pressure switch that shuts the water inlet valves off after the water reaches the reqiuired level. If you click on the link below, I have a posting explaining the minimum requirements for washing machine installations. See if your installation meets these basic requirements.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r389335-basic_washer_installation_tips

The drain line needs to be sufficient enough to allow 17 gallons per minute of water to drain properly. You might still have a slow drain issue somewhere further down the line causing the drain to back up. In addition, if the drain hose was fitting tightly in the standpipe, this tells me that the diameter of the pipe may also be too small. this may also contribute to slow drain problems.

Please read the post and let me know what you decide. I don't think the appliance repairman is in order, maybe a plumber(?). I hope this helps you. Post back if you have further questions/concerns.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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