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 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 03:36 pm
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I have a 6 year old washing machine that has recently begun overfilling randomly. I checked everything out (with my very limited knowledge) and searched the internet websites. I thought that the problem was with the water level pressure sensor. I checked it out, on my machine it is part of the water level selector knob (Small load, medium, extra large) it seemed o.k. so I pulled the hose to insure it was clear, reattached it, ran the machine in spin cycle for a minute or two, and then tried another load of clothes. I did 5 loads fine, and on the 6th load it flooded again. Repeated the above steps and have done two more loads with no problem. It seems that the water pressure sensor just never shuts off for the wash cycle to begin. Could the sensor or it's control unit have an intermittant fault.? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

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Known problems with the bubble on the side of the tub getting clogged up with stuff causing erratic fill problems...pull the hose off of the fill level switch and blow thru it to see if it might clear this, if this is the problem...other wise would have to access it from the inside after removing the spin basket....this is assuming it keeps filling and not agitating...if the bubble clogged is not the problem then could have a fill level switch that is getting erratic.



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Thanks for your response. I've used the blow thru the hose trick twice now. It is just that now I won't start a load of clothes and leave the house. Is there anywhere online I can find an assembly/disassembly manual for my machine? As I said before I'm mechanically/electrically disabled, and the GE website offers very little help. Thanks again

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See if this helps.

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2006/05/08/disassembling-the-new-style-ge-washer/#SlideFrame_1



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OK, after last blowing through the hose to clear it, my machine ran for a week before repeating the overfilling problem. Should I take it apart and check the other end of the hose alongside the tub? Or should I just break down and buy a new switch ? Thanks again for all your help, Jeff  

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The Force is telling me it's your fill valve.  They will do what you are describing.  You can try to make your fill valve fail or you may have to catch it "doing it".  Set it for warm water and put your timer at the beginning of a wash cycle.  While it is filling, reach up and unplug the washing machine.  Plug it back in and unplug it again many times if you have to.  If your machine continues to fill while it is unplugged from the wall you need a fill valve.

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I've had to take the hose that goes to the pressure switch off and run a wire thru it to get it clean enough to trust. But first, try the Jedi's advice.

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Also, I would NEVER recommend starting a washer, dryer or dishwasher before leaving the house. To risky! I had a customer do this one morning before leaving for work. Washer filled all day. On particle board floors. She doesn't live there anymore. Any questions?

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