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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: water keeps draining
You may be experiencing what is known as "siphoning". If you have your drain hose shoved too far down in the drain standpipe, or if you have the top of the standpipe opening sealed off, sometimes it creates a vacuum and will cause the washer to drain constantly drain. You need an air gap in order to prevent this. Double check your drain hoses for the following:
1. Make sure the hose is only placed in the standpipe about 3 to 4 inches. If it is sitting so far down in the pipe that it is resting in the trap where all the water is it will siphon.
2. Check the opening around the top of the standpipe where the hose rests. Makes sure there is still an air gap around the hose. That is, make sure the hose isn't seated so tight that it seals off the standpipe completely. This will cause siphoning.
3. Make sure you haven't placed anything around the standpipe opening. Many people will wrap old towels or wash cloths around the opening in order to prevent overflows and odors coming back up through the pipe. In doing so, they often inadvertently seal off the standpipe and cause a siphoning problem.
Last of all, the standpipe should be about 36 inches from the floor. If your drain line is sitting too low it can also cause siphoning issues.
I know I'm keying in on this drain line issue quite a bit here. There are some other things that can cause water levels in a washer to drop, but you mentioned nothing about any leaks and this is the most common problem. You will know for sure if you pull the drain hose out of the standpipe and suddenly hear a sucking noise. This is air being reintroduced through the drain line. I hope you find this information helpful.
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
SOURCE: washer won't fill
On the drain valve there must be some dirt that does not let the valve close or the valve must be defective and needs to be replaced. By the way you did not mention the make of the washer.
Posted on May 11, 2008
Check to see if there's good water volume coming through the hoses attached to the washing machine. If there is, check to see if the screens inside the water-inlet valve are clean. (The water-inlet valve is the device on the washing machine that the fill hoses are attached to.) If they're clean, you probably have a defective water-inlet valve. If so, you should completely replace the valve.
The water-level switch regulates your washer's fill volume. This switch 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 pressure on the air in the tube increases. When the pressure reaches a certain level, it activates the switch, shuts off the water, and signals the timer to begin the agitate cycle. If the switch is defective, it may prematurely signal the water to shut off. If so, you probably need to replace the water-level switch.
The water fill valve - The water fill valve is a mechanical and electrical part, the coils on the valve need electricity to mechanically open the valve to allow the water to flow into the washer....myth....the washer pumps water into itself...no, it does not. The fill valve opens and the house water pressure pushes the water into the washing machine.
No cold water or no hot water - The fill valve has two coils, one for the hot water and one for the cold water. It is possible that one of the coils can fail and you loose that filling ability. If the cold water coil quits, the hot will still work and during warm fill you will get hot water only and during a cold fill you will get no water at all. If the hot coils quits, you will still have cold water fill, cold water only on a warm setting and no water on a hot fill setting. You can No cold water or no hot water - The fill valve has two coils, one for the hot water and one for the cold water. It is possible that one of the coils can fail and you loose that filling ability. If the cold water coil quits, the hot will still work and during warm fill you will get hot water only and during a cold fill you will get no water at all. If the hot coils quits, you will still have cold water fill, cold water only on a warm setting and no water on a hot fill setting. You can test a fill valve live for 120 volts, power to a fill valve coil and no fill = a bad fill valve. You can also test the coils for continuity, no continuity = a bad fill valve. Some Maytag washers have a fuse in the fill valve circuit, if this fuse let go the washer will not fill. Fill valves can also from time to time stick open and not stop filling. If you have to shut off the fill valves to stop the water from filling in the washer, you have a bad fill valve and you will have to replace it.
Posted on May 03, 2009
OK, if this leak is coming from the front lower side of the door, this Will eb a door seal issue. make sure the seal isn't compromised by a small object that may have been jammed during the closing of the door. if this isn't the case, replace the faulty door seal.
Now, if this leak is coming from the the bottom back side of the unit. this will be a water valve issue. check the hoses that connect to the inlet valve. make sure the hoses are tightly screwed on there respective sections.
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
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