How to fix a washing machine that keeps filling and draining

If the appliance problem you face is that your washer is filling and draining at the same time, try to solve the trouble on your own. We suggest you considering some efficient tips which will help you fix the problem within an hour or two. Before repairing your appliance make sure you have all necessary tools in order to fulfill the successful troubleshooting. Probably you won’t need all of them, but it is better if the necessary tools are always at your hand.

Required Tools

  • Hex Head and Torx Wrenches
  • Nut Drivers
  • Socket Set and Adjustable Wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Spanner Wrench
  • Multi-meter
pliers and screwdriver

Water Inlet Valve

Depending on the particular wash/rinse cycle, the water inlet valve provides the tub with water of the corresponding temperature. While your appliance is washing and rinsing, the valve is regulated by the electric solenoids which are in their turn operated by the electronic control board or the timer. If your washing machine drains out while it is filling, the problem is likely to be caused by the water inlet valve. Unplug your washer and shut off the water supply. Make sure the screens which are inserted into the valve are not dirty. Clean them if they are. Afterwards, disconnect the solenoids from the valve. Take into the consideration what wires are connected to each solenoid. Carefully unplug connectors with wires from the valve, don’t pull the wires. Now use your multi-meter to check whether there is continuity in the valve. If there is no voltage, replace the valve.

Water Inlet Valve

Water Level Switch

The water level switch regulates the appropriate water level in the tub for each particular cycle. It is typically located inside the control panel. We have to perform two rounds of the switch testing. The first one:
You are to find the wires of three switch terminals. Disconnect the wires from the terminals. Using your multi-meter, inspect the terminals in pairs for the continuity as follows: 1 and 2, 1 and 3, 2 and 3. Be aware that two pairs shouldn’t have the continuity and one pair should. If the result differs, it means the water level switch is defective and needs to be replaced.
The second round of the continuity test: reconnect the tub to the water level switch. Test the terminals for their continuity in the same order over again. While testing them, gently blow into the air pressure connection. The blowing will make the switch click. Keep the air pressure, and note the readings.
Compare the results of two rounds of testing. The pairs which didn’t show the continuity in the first round, should show the continuity in the second one. And those pairs which gave the readings of infinity (no continuity) in the first round, they should show the readings of continuity in the second one. If the readings are different in the second testing, the switch is faulty and has to be replaced.

Water Level Switch

Pressure Switch

The pressure switch is just another name for the water level switch. Please follow the instructions described above.
If your washing machine drains while filling, and you can’t find solution on your own, the certified technicians of Care&Repair will quickly get the things sorted out. We provide the high quality warranty repairs of any household appliance around Toronto. Call us any time 24h a day, schedule the appointment and get rid of the problem you are struggling with.

Water Level Pressure Switch

Air Dome Tube

The air dome tube can be a reason the issue in that case, if your washer keeps draining while filling. You should thoroughly inspect the air dome hose. Make sure there are no cracks and damages. Discard the air dome tube and douse it into the bucket with water. After having sealed the one end of the hose, blow air into the opposite end. If you notice any bubbles, it means there are some cutouts or holes. Replace the air dome tube. If there aren’t any bubbles, make sure the hose doesn’t have any obstructions inside. Remove debris and clogs, if needed.

Air Dome Tube

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