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Filled with water overnight

How can I get this thing to drain the water out of itself? I can't open the door without flooding my house... it won't start when I push the drain/spin button... it just sits there... half full of water.... and won't do anything no matter what button I push! HELP!!!

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  • jea_pea Jul 11, 2008

    well... never mind... I unplugged the thing and waited a few minutes... while I went outside and pruned some branches off the apple tree... came back in the house and plugged it back in, pushed drain... and it worked... It drained the water out and now I can get back to getting my laundry done.... thanks... and maybe this'll help the next person.... have a good day! ; )

  • hate laundry Jul 16, 2008

    My 4ET is filled about a 1/4 with water. I can push drain and spin and that cycle works, but it then refills to 1/4 ish full. (the first time this happened, it was completely full and yes, spilled all over when I opened the door.) i have tried the drain and spin and even bailed it out several times but it keeps re-filling itself. please help!

  • Anonymous Jul 17, 2008

    My Kenmore Elite filled with water overnight also, even while the door was left open??? How did this happen and how can I prevent this from happening again in the future? We leave the door open between uses b/c this happened about a year ago too. Both times it has drained when I use the drain/spin control, but that was after the damage had already been done - flooding.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Try unplugging the washer for 30 minutes to see if this resets the operator console. In many cases it will. Then, you can select the DRAIN/SPIN function. If this doesn't work, please post back and let me know. I have an alternate plan that will also work. Trying to stick with the simple solutions first.


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Unplug the machine... go out in the yard and prune your apple tree.... come back in the house and plug the machine in again... push drain/spin... viola`... problem solved!

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Hi When I plug it in is there any light on the panel that will come on without hooking it up the water lines???

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