How to Fix a Sears Washing Machine When It Overflows

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It is so aggravating when you throw a bunch of clothes in the washer and walk away, glad to have a machine that will do the work for you, only to hear the sound of splashing water from an overflowing washing machine. The mess and damage it can create is exasperating. If you have a Sears washing machine, there are a few things you can check to fix this problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver Toothbrush
  • Find out if it is a mechanical problem or an electrical problem by turning your washing machine on. The water should immediately start filling the tub. Now turn off the machine by pushing in the control knob. If you still hear water filling the tub, unplug the washing machine from the wall outlet. If the water is still running, turn it off at the water shutoff valve. You have a mechanical problem, and the fill valve needs to be replaced. This assembly can be found where the water comes into the washer.

  • Notice if, when you had the water filling the washing machine, it stopped only when you unplugged it from the wall but not when you turned the machine off. That usually means there is an electrical problem since the control knob was supposed to shut off everything.

  • Check to see if the tubing to the pressure switch has been clogged. Unplug your machine from the wall and open the control panel. You will see a switch with a tube connected to it. Pull off the end of the tube at the switch and blow into it. It should be very easy. If you encounter resistance, the tube is probably clogged.

  • Open the front of the washing machine by unscrewing the front panel. You will see the tubing. Remove the clamp holding it in place and flush the tube out in your sink. Clean the port it went into with a toothbrush or small paintbrush. Drain all the water from the machine and reinstall the tube the same way you took it off. Plug the machine back in and see if the water shuts off.

  • Replace the pressure switch if the water is still filling the tank without shutting off at the right time (see Resources). Be sure you unplug the machine before you try to work with any wiring.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the water is not coming from a loose or disconnected drain hose.

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