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Old 11-29-2010, 08:15 AM
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The washer overflowed and I had trouble getting it to shut off. I turned the water off at the source and eventually also unplugged the washer. I suspect the problem is the blue water valve unit on the back or the pressure/water level switch. I disconnected the house to the pressure swith at the switch itself and blew through it (it seemed to be clear, but I can't be sure -- I did not disconnect it at the base of the tub in the back because the tube is wider at that point and I did not want to possibly damage it without having a replacement on hand. Because the pressure swith in the control panel is almost $100.00 I think it's better if I only replace the water valve and the possibly the house to the pressure switch and see what happens -- the washer is nearly 20 years old, so if repair parts, etc. total well over $100.00 it may not be worth it and I'll buy a new washer. I located the Water Valve part (AP4023852), but can't find the hose...need help with this selection. I also located what I think is the correct Water Level/Pressure Swith (#AP4031099) in the event I decide to replace that unit. Any and all help would be appreciated, especially identifying the correct hose to get. THANKS. Tom S.


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Old 11-29-2010, 11:49 AM
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Part number: AP4026340

Part number: AP4026340

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If it looks physically OK, no cracks etc. it is probably OK.

I turned the water off at the source and eventually also unplugged the washer.
You would have had more of a clue as to what is going on if you had tried unplugging it or turning it off first.
If you unplug the unit and water continues to run then the water valve is stuck open and needs replacing.
If you can stop it by turning the unit to off then the water level switch or it's hose are the most probable cause.

Switch checks:
1. Cracks or holes in the tube allowing the air to escape. Inspect the tube. Also check that it is tight on the switch, if not, cut off half an inch and re-seat it.
2. Get a piece of tubing with the same internal diameter and attach this to the switch. Start a fill, then blow into the tube. You should be able to stop the water flow without blowing very hard.
If you cannot stop it the switch is toast.
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thanks very much. I'm going to order this hose and the water valve and see if that does the trick.

Regards, Tom
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I think I would try blowing into the water level switch with a piece of tubing before ordering any thing.

If you can stop the water flow then you know the water valve is OK and odds are that the water level switch is also OK.

Then it just leaves the tubing.
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Thanks; I'll do that. The washing machine is at a different house, so I can't do anything more for probably a couple of weeks. I'll follow the steps you have recommended to get to the bottom of the problem -- hopefully it will be an easy fix. Thanks again, Tom
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