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Overfilling Model # 417.98862890 Washer will continue to fill unless I manually turn the load selector to a lower level. Sometimes it will take a few times to make it stop filling. I'm thinking it is the pressure switch as I am able to get it to stop filling. Looking for assistance in the procedure to replace the switch. Thank you

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  • sknezevic Aug 20, 2008

    Thank you for the info. After taking the front panel apart, I found a few coins in there. One was on top of the switch and may have been shorting out a connector. Cleaned everything out and gave it a test run. It worked properly on all sizes. I will continue to monitor it to see if the problem returns.

    Thank you again for the prompt reply.


  • madurkin Sep 13, 2008

    My machine overfills too. I replaced the pressure switch, but can't find the other end of the clear hose. Is there an easy way to access it? I assume it reaches in the tub's outer case, but do I have to take the whole machine apart to access it?

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Have you checked the pressure switch to ensure the rubber air hose is still attached? It is common for the air hose to come loose, or develop a small hole or crack and give the same symptoms. This may save you from having to purchase a new switch. On your model washer, the switch will be located behind the load level selector knob behind the front panel. To access, follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the unit. There are still dangerous voltages behind the front panel with the unit shut off.
2. Remove the small panel that is angled above the washer lid and just below the operator panel.
3. Remove the cover plate under the panel by removing the series of screws holding it in place.
4. At the bottom edge on each side of the operator panel is a small screw. Remove these screws and the panel should lift up slightly, then come off, exposing the components behind it.

Look for a clear rubber hose. It should be attached to the pressure switch on a small air fitting. If not, reattach the hose and place a small zip tie around it at the point where the hose fits over the air fitting. DO NOT over-tighten, as you can break the air fitting on the switch. Just make the zip tie snug enough to keep the air hose from coming loose again.

If the air hose is in place, inspect the entire length of hose for cracks or holes. If you find any holes, I would recommend replacing the hose instead of trying to seal it. That way you avoid the possiblity of tape or sealant leaking and causing the unexpected overflow again. You can find air hose at most hardware or automotive repair stores.

If the air hose doesn't seem to be your problem, check to make sure all the electric connections are attached and making good contact on the switch. If you check all the preliminary items and everything checks good, then you may assume a pressure switch malfunction. A replacement can be found at searspartsdirect.com under the "Control Panel" heading as item number 5 (part number 134493500). I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require addtional assistance.

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