GE model: s3700e1ww (top load washing machine)
last week the washing machine did not stop filling with water in the rinse/spin part of the cottons cycle and flooded the laundry room and hallway before we noticed. It would not stop when we pushed the control knob back in to turn it off and I ended up shutting the water supply off. I was able to turn the knob to the drain part of the cycle and the water did drain out. The next time we ran a load through I watched carefully and it functioned normally in the same cycle, however the next day it happened again but we caught it early enough. We tried the other cycles (delicates, easy care and power wash) and at first they functioned normally but then they also had the same problem. I thought it was probably a timer issue and was going to replace it but thought I would ask an expert first. Thanks for your time and response
Sound like the same washing machine from hell that we have. three or four times it has overflowed from want we have been told the hose that runs from the drum to on/off pressure switch cloggeds with soap. we have tried different soap,hot water,cold,water you name it we've tried it. so now evey time we use it we have to clean it with a coat hanger by taking the front off the machine.
P.S. take the hose off top and bottom to clean it, all it takes two/three very small soap bubbles to clogged it
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You could have a bad level sensor or a pinched/severed/unattached vacuum hose which goes to the sensor device. The washer cannot determine how much water the tub is filling so the water keeps going in. I would check that the vacuum hose is simply not connected and that would be the easiest fix. The sensor device is usually located inside the control panel area and you can start there.
There is a pressure sensor that needs to be looked into. USUALLY, there is a chamber, on the outside of the washer tub, and out of the top of it is a small plastic hose. This hose runs up to an electrical switch.
Too much soap, over time, can plug up this system, so the machine has no idea how much water is going in...and keeps filling..... Sometimes the hose comes loose, but this makes a fairly immediate water leak, so I suspect something is plugged.
If your washer is filling until it overflows without agitating, and will stop filling if you turn machine off or interupt power to it, the machine is not seeing that it is full. This may be caused by a blocked water level tube (usually some "goop" where it connects to the tub), a hole in the water level tube (look near the suspension rod or where a mouse may have chewed a hole in it), or a bad water level switch. You do not state a model number, or even if it is a top loading or front loading machine, so that is the most information I am able to provide at this point.
If your unit keeps filling with the power off, it is the water fill solenoid(s). If the machine overflows it is the float switch. Check out partselect.com and put in your model number. It will show a picture of the part and the price.
Try filling it again and stay with it, when it starts to get near the top, unplug it, if water continues coming out you need a new valve, if it stops, then the level switch inside the control panel is bad
If the water comes out when filling, check your water valve by unplugging the washer when it is filling. If the water still runs, replace the valve. If the water stops, check the small tube that goes from the water pressure switch (in the consul) to the bottom of the tub. This must be connected without any holes or obstructions. If this is ok, replace the water pressure switch.