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HE3T draining as it fills

cormacf

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Joined
Sep 10, 2018
Messages
2
Location
Seattle, WA
Model Number
HE3T
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
1-5 years
Someone just gave us a Kenmore HE3T that was working fine in its previous house. The washer here in our rental (cheapo top-loader) was about to die, so we took the freebie. Unfortunately, it seems to be draining the water during the wash and rinse cycles as soon as it enters.

  • During the prewash phase, it adds water through the detergent section, as you'd expect.
  • During the wash phase, it adds water for a few seconds, cycles a bit (during which the water level never becomes visible)
  • It then slooshes around the soggy clothes in an otherwise empty washer for a while, then tries to add more water. Repeat multiple times.
  • Eventually, it seems to give up adding water, then just spins the wet clothes around.
  • The rinse cycle never gets any visible waterline, either.

The draining seems to work fine (maybe TOO well...). I did some research online and thought maybe there was a "si[honing condition," since the drain hose was shoved pretty far down the pipe, but I've pulled it out to the point where only the straight 7 inches of the end of the hose is sticking into the wall. The manual seems to indicate a minimum pipe diameter of 2", and I think this one may be a bit below that (maybe 1.5"?), so I suppose that could be the issue. Any thoughts would be a huge help.

Thank you!
 
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jeff1

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Messages
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Location
Ontario, Canada
Hi,

The manual seems to indicate a minimum pipe diameter of 2", and I think this one may be a bit below that (maybe 1.5"?), so I suppose that could be the issue. Any thoughts would be a huge help.

Most want 36" or water could siphon out.

Q - My washer seems to keep filling with water, the water keeps coming in the washer and going out the drain without the washer drain running.

A - This often is a drain hose that is too low or a drain hose that has been pushed too far down inside the stand pipe....the water is actually siphoning out of the washer. Do not "seal" the drain hose to the house plumbing pipe, this will also allow the water to be siphoned out.

drain-min.jpg

jeff.
 
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