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How does pressure switch work in ge top load washer? pulled hose off at box mounted on tub and blew and can hear contacts close, but water still fills

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You will find the Pressure bottle or hose is at fault, perhaps hole in hose or dirt in the bottle feeding it from the tub....

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I have a GE washer model GBXR1060T. Some time the water gets over the tub and is spilling on the floor. We have to close the water source valve to stop the water entering in the tub. I see on the side of...

If the water shuts off when you push the timer knob in then the most likely failure is the water level/load size switch or the air tube connecting the air dome and water level switch has developed a hole in it or it may have pulled off from the water level switch. If you have to shut the cold/hot water faucets off in order to stop the water then the water inlet valve has failed open. I added instructions in the image below on how to access the water level pressure switch in the console and how to remove the front panel and raise the top. You will need to inspect the tubing connected to the water level pressure switch and where it connects on the lower side of the outer tub. If you do not find it disconnected or any holes in the tubing, replace the water level switch. richroth_152.jpg

Aug 20, 2011 | GE WBSR3140DW Top Load Washer


How do I replace water level pressure switch on a GE top load washer?


This solution is listed for the GE WBB4500EWW Top Load Washer model. The procedure also applies to others GE top load washing machine model

Replacing the water level pressure switch is not a difficult operation. Here the guidelines.

  • Disconnect the washer from power. Either unplug the power cord or trip the circuit breaker.
  • Pull out the appliance and place it in a space where you can work.
  • Disconnect the water hoses .located at the back of the appliance
  • Removethe four screws that hold the top panel to the body of the machine andpull up the top panel. Be careful while lifting the top panel, itsedges are sharp and you may get harmed.
  • Disconnect connectorfrom the water level pressure switch. Disconnect also the connectorshooked to the water valve solenoid contacts if necessary to access thewater level pressure switch.Always mark the connections with tape andlabels or take a picture before disconnecting the wires. The pressureswitch has only a two wires connector attached, and wires orientationdoes not matter, but get used to note down all disconnected wires.
  • Remove the clamp holding the hose and disconnect the vacuum hose from the water level switch.
  • To remove the pressure switch, push down the metal tab on the rear panel plate and rotate the old switch until it gets loose.
  • Installthe new water level pressure switch by following operations in reverseorder. Ensure that all hoses are well connected, and that all wiringconnectors are in place.
Replacing the water pressure switch is not a difficult operation, however remember to observe strictly all safety prescriptions.
Before replacing the switch you can try blowing into the vacuum hoseattached to the pressure switch, this sometimes can fix an apparentlyfaulty pressure switch.

Before replacing the switch this can be tested either jumping itscontacts, or using a multimeter to read Ohms on switch contacts, andcheck if the switch is opening and closing the contact. With nopressure applied to vacuum hose the switch must have continuity and lowimpedance, otherwise the switch is faulty.

If you have no technical training, and if you do not have done any similar repair before, then it may be better calling a technician. To get an on site qualified technician, ring GE at the number listed on your use and care manual.

The water pressure switch is part nr. ten on the diagram shown below. Click on the picture to enlarge the diagram:



Here also the replacement part for the model shown in example. Ensure that the part you are purchasing is the right one for your model.

PS269904 - Water Level Pressure Switch.



on Mar 13, 2010 | GE WBB4500EWW Top Load Washer

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What causes ge profile washer start filling up with water as soon as the spin cycle is through

most likely you either have a weak pressure switch or a water valve that is not seating properly... if when the unit is off it does not fill on you then it most likely is going to be a pressure switch located in the console area... prior to replacement though make sure the clear hose that goes from the pressure switch to the side of tub is not damaged or disconnected from the switch itself...alot of times if there is a crack and it cannot hold the pressure switch closed it will open and allow water to continue to run... the operation is as follows: turning the timer to a wash cycle water fills to desired load level once reached the pressure of the water in the tub will send air up to the pressure switch telling it to close once closed the timer advances to the next level of the wash cycle and the power is shut off from the pressure switch and water valve.... hope this helps a little ....

Jan 02, 2011 | GE Profile WPRE6150K Top Load Washer

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Washer overflowed during wash cycle

Hi, The first thing to check is the pressure switch hose. It goes from the pressure switch in the control console down to the airdome on the tub.
If it gets pulled loose, gets a hole in it, or gets clogged with lint or soap scum, the pressure switch will never sense the water level and turn the water valve off.
If the hose is ok, then you probably have a failed pressure switch.

Jul 13, 2010 | GE WBSE2090A Top Load Washer

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I have a GE model# WLSR2000G2WW washer and it's not spinning out at the end of the cycle it started not spinning out when set on small load only now it's not spinning out on large load either. But if I...

I found the hose hooked to the pressure was clogged down at the tub end. So it couldn't send a signal to the switch telling it the water had pumped out and it was time to spin out, the plugged hose was holding pressure telling the washer (falsely) that the tub had water in it so it won't spin if it thinks water is still in the tub. By pulling the hose off the switch end and blowing thru it to clear the lint and soap slime that was plugging the other end it works perfect now.

Jun 13, 2009 | GE Washing Machines

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Keeps filling with water

The water level in a washing machine is determined by the pressure switch. The switch is located behind the load selector, water level, load size (has various names depending on model and manufacturer) knob on the operator console. If the switch malfunctions, the water will not shut off and the washer will overflow.

Now...before assuming the switch is defective, a common problem that occurs is the small air hose on the pressure switch coming loose or leaking. This air hose attaches from the wash tub to the pressure switch. The pressure swtich senses the change in air pressure as the tub fills and shuts the water off at the selected level. The following link explains:

To access your pressure switch, unplug the washer and open the operator console. Look for a clear plastic hose. If it is NOT attached, you may have found your problem. Reconnect and test operate.

If it IS attached, check the entire length of the hose all the way to the wash tub for any cracks of leaks. In addition, remove the electrical connection(s) and check for corrosion. Clean if necessary.

If all these preliminary steps don't solve your problem, replace your pressure switch. Read through the link I provided and let me know if you have any questions. I hope you find this information helpful.

Jun 12, 2009 | GE WJSE4150B Top Load Washer

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Overflowing water. Water keeps running and will not stop.

The hose you're blowing into is the pressure switch hose. It connects between the tub and the pressure switch which controls the water level.
Basically, as the water level rises so does the air pressure in the hose and pressure switch. When there is enough air pressure inside the pressure switch, a diaphragm contacts a switch (clicking sound) and shuts off the inlet water valve.
This hose will sometimes stretch with time at the connection points. When this happens, air is able to escape and therefore never builds enough pressure to activate the diaphragm.
Obviously, replace the hose if it is damaged. If there are no visible holes or cracks in the hose, try trimming 1/4" off each end of the hose (diaphragm side and tub side) and reconnect making sure to push hose ends securely onto connections.
Alternatively you can use small clamps on each end.
If this doesn't work, you may need to replace the pressure switch.
Good luck!

Mar 03, 2009 | GE WVSR1060A Top Load Washer

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Water will not stop filling tub.

the problem is that your pressure switch is not working properly. if you take the screws out of the back of the head you will find the pressure switch. first unplug the washer then undo the hose from pressure switch. blow trew the hose, then blow into the pressure switch if you hear the pressure switch click then re assemble and try again put on small load and watch if fills almost to the top or over flows replace pressure switch

Feb 25, 2009 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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Washing machine overflows

sorry in advance for the lack of appropriate terminology. my "solution" comes from a mother with no mechanical experience point of view.

i had the same problem with my washing machine overflowing. I opened up my machine, found the clear hose that went from this little square box on the side of the tub up to the switch for the "load size" knob. i pulled the hose off the square box and saw that there was a piece of paper in it. i pulled it out, scraped the scum out and reconnected it. started the machine. - that didn't work.

so, I got the thinnest pipe cleaner i could find pulled the tube from the little box, and stuck the pipe clearner down the pipe of the little square box. pulled out a bit of scummy lint, then I blew in the tubing. I heard a "click", I thought.. okay maybe that's it. reconnected everything, started my machine.. and now it works :)

This probably wasn't the proper thing to do, but it worked and saved me from the cut throat washing machine mechanics in this area.

Nov 10, 2007 | GE WBSR3140DW Top Load Washer

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GE Washer-Doesn't Fill When it Supposed to.

It is most likely a pressure switch. This is the water level switch. As water fills the tub, air pressure builds up in the rubber hose going to the switch. When the pressure is high enough for the water level setting, it trips the switch and puts the unit in wash cycle. Remove the control and start the machine. While it is agitating, remove the hose from the switch and see if the washer starts filling. If so, blow through the hose and see if something has clogged it. If you have a volt/ohm meter you can check across the terminals while you blow into the switch to see if it is working. Let me know what you find out.

Oct 18, 2007 | GE WDSR2080D Top Load Washer

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