I have a Kenmore 300 washer that gets occasionally gets stuck in various points in its cycle. Either at the wash or rinse stage the washer will get stuck and pour water endlessly and never fill up the tub. There is no issue with the water overflowing since the water simply goes in and goes straight out again.
Answer Hello Travis,
This is called siphoning. You need to make sure the standpipe is higher than the main top of the unit and is not sealed with tape or anything. This will cause the water going down the drain to pull the water the unit is filling with down the drain also, (siphoning). If the top of the standpipe has been sealed because the machine is draining faster than the water can go down the drain and is overflowing from the top of the standpipe, you will need a plumber to solve the issue since sealing the top of the standpipe creates the new problem. In other words, the standpipe should be able to drain the water as fast as the machine can pump it out. If it cannot, there is a restriction in the drain.
The washer continued to fill to overflowing. I have run the washer and unplugged it. The water stopped, so it doesn't appear to be the water inlet valve. The washer stopped filling when unplugged so I replaced the water level switch. I also replaced the pressure tube that came with the water level switch. The water still continues to fill to overflow. I blew air through the air dome. The air dome looks pretty dirty though. What should I do now? Do I need to remove the air dome and clean it out? If so, how do I do that?
Answer Marilou, You can't remove and clean the air dome. You'll need to take the hose and blow in the end that attached to the water level switch. This ususlly clears any clogs in the tube and air dome. You may want to add a cup to a cup and a half of white distilled vinegar to the tub, and partially fill (1/2 to 3/4 full)the washer with hot water and let it set for 30 to 60 minutes,drain the washer, then blow in the tube. Since you have a new water level switch, check and make sure there is a "tight" fit of the hose on the air dome at the tub and at the water level switch connector and no twists, kinks, or pin holes in the hose.