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How to Repair Your Washing Machine When it Over Flows

July 10, 2015

When your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine.

Doing laundry isn't exactly a fun activity (well, not for most people, anyway), but it's a necessary household chore. That's why, when your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine. Most of us depend on our washers and dryers to do the heavy lifting for us - it's not really feasible to wash everything by hand. So, if your washer is over flowing, here's what you can do to fix it:

  1. Turn off the electricity

Remember that any time water starts flooding in your home - especially when it involves something electrical - it can be very dangerous for you, not to mention any kids or pets that could be running around. The first thing you should do is turn off the electricity that runs to your washing machine directly from the fuse box. It's not a good idea to touch or unplug the machine's power cord when there's water everywhere.

  1. Troubleshoot

There are a few common reasons your washing machine may be overflowing. Here are some things you can check:

  • Pressure switch: The pressure switch is what's responsible for sensing when the machine is full enough, and it can become clogged, which makes it stop working. Remove the electrical panel to see if your pressure switch needs to be cleaned or repaired.
  • A kinked drain hose: If the flexible hose behind your washing machine is folded, it could cause water to back up. Keep your washing machine about 4 to 6 inches away from your wall to keep this from happening.
  • A clog: Clogs in the drain pipe or pressure tube may be the culprit - a drain snake can fix the problem.
  1. Fix the issue

Many washer overflow issues are easily fixed, but if you aren't sure what the problem is or how to repair it, don't worry. Give Roto-Rooter a call and we'll send a plumbing professional your way.


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