Washers and dryers are some of the most important appliances to have in your home. When one of these malfunctions it can create an absolute headache since it can be expensive to have repaired.
If you notice that your top loading washer is filling up and not draining, there are some diagnostic steps that you can take in order to determine what the problem might be. Fortunately, a washer that is continuously filling with water is often a very easy fix that won’t cost you an arm and a leg and you can likely fix the problem yourself without having to reach out to a professional technician.
Here are 3 quick things that you can check to eliminate some common and simple at-home fixes.
Step1: Check The Standpipe
If you are noticing that the water in your washer is not draining fully or quickly enough, one of the first things that you should do is check the standpipe. In order for your washer to drain properly, the standpipe has to be at least 39 inches from the ground. If it is not at least this far from the floor, move the pipe so that it reaches the minimum of 39 inches. This should clear up your draining issue.
Step 2: Inspect The Drain Hose
At times the drain hose will become loose and may end up too far down into the drainpipe. When this happens it causes a siphoning condition, where water starts running down the drain at the same time as it is filling up. In order to fix this issue you will want to use a drain hose hook to reinstall the drain hose. Make sure that you tie-down the hose as this will keep the hose from coming out of the drain. Another cause of the siphoning condition is when the drain hose is duct taped or somehow attached to the drain pipe without leaving an air gap. You should avoid doing this type of fixture as it can cause many other issues with your machine aside from a drainage failure.
Step 3: Check The Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is what fills the washing tub with water for the rinse and wash cycles. This valve is controlled by a timer. If your washer is continuously filling during a cycle, it could be because of a faulty water inlet valve. To determine if this is the cause, unplug the washing machine when the filling issue occurs. If water continues to fill the machine, you have a faulty water inlet valve that will need to be replaced. With a few tools you will be able to replace the valve and have your washer up and running correctly again in no time.
When To Call For Help
If your top load washing machine is filling with water and the water starts to flow out of the bottom of the machine, you need to unplug the machine right away. You also should shut off the water supply to the washer and then call for service.
Water coming out of the bottom of a machine is typically a sign that there is a bigger issue at play and a professional will be able to diagnose the issue and determine what the best fix will be.
Thankfully, when it comes to fixing this sort of issue – we’re the go-to experts across the Lower Mainland!
Our professional appliance repair technicians are always ready to come and help you fix a washer that isn’t draining. Whether it’s an older Whirlpool stack, or one of the new and shiny GE professional series models – we’ve got you covered.
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