Mailbag: Water Flows into the Washer and then Right Out the Drain Hose

Tara wrote:

Got a newer GE washer from a friend…will pull water to fill tub, but tub won’t hold. Goes right into pump and out the other hose. Pump will kick on if set on rinse cycle, but obviously there is no need to pump water out, because it is on a continuous flow into the tub, thru the pump, and out of the drainage hose. Should the pump be controlling the tub filling, or is it something else?

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This is the infamous water siphoning problem resulting from your drain hose not being raised high enough. Observe:

drain hose height criteria for washing machines

Now go and do likewise.


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