Whirlpool-Kenmore Top-Loading Washer Just Fills to Overflowing When Started– No Agitate, No Spin

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on January 8, 2010

in Washer Repair

Shellee wrote:

Alright, I fixed the thing and I’m not sure if this is even related to the other stuff.

So, yesterday our Washer was working fine. Today, it’s not.

I went to go wash a batch of clothes, turned the water on and it kept running, and running. It was going to overflow. It never switched over to agitate the clothes. I turned it to the spin and drained all of the water.

Yesterday while I was putting the washer back together, my 3 year old came out and pulled out the clear tube that runs from the top console (already detached from console) and pulled it completely off the machine, filled it with water and went running around whapping things with it. Could this be what the problem is?

I still don’t want to have to use the anniversary money! Let me know

Washer is a Whirlpool Model # LSR8444LQ0

Thanks again!!!

Sounds like your toddler snagged the air pressure tube out of your washer. Kids can be devious thata way! A missing, disconnected or plugged-up air pressure tube will cause ezzacly the problem you’re seeing with your washer. Here’s a picture of the air pressure tube and, in case junior managed to destroy it, you can click it to buy a new one:

 

Air pressure tube for a Whirlpool-Kenmore top-loading washing machine-- click it to git it, Hoss.

 

The air pressure tube is connected to the pressure switch at one end and the tub’s air pressure dome at the other. The photo below shows how it’s supposed to be connected and routed:

 

Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer Guts

 

The way it’s supposed to work is that the pressure in the tube increases as the water level in the tub rises. The pressure switch senses this change in pressure, cuts off voltage to the water inlet valve– thus stopping the flow of water into the washer tub– and then switches power over to the motor so the washer starts agitating. Well, this ain’t gonna happen if the air pressure tube is missing, disconnected at one end or plugged up with gookus (which sometimes happens at the end that’s connected to the tub’s air pressure dome). The pressure switch looks like this…

 

pressure switch or water level sensing switch in a Whirlpool-Kenmore top-loading washing machine-- click it to git it, Hoss.

 

… and is located in the control console; it’s item 12 in this diagram.

A bad pressure switch can also cause the problem you’re seeing and is actually fairly common (though I don’t think this is what’s going on with your washer based on your description); in which case, you’d just replace the pressure switch.

Awwite, go fix your washer and keep that kid locked up while you’re doing it!

 

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