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what causes the cold side on a washer not to shut off when it should? Answered

every time I do a load of laundry I have to turn the cold on and then off, because if I dont it will flood my floor. The hot works just fine. So how can I fix this or what is causing it to do that. It didnt use to do it. Tks Jennifer


Washers usually have a rotary timer that switches things on and off, and they usually have fill switches and thermostats to stop things when they're full / hot enough. Either the control-unit is defective, or the fill-level device is. If you don't feel like taking it apart yourself - seek professional help. It's not a GE Adora is it? L

Depending on how much water continues to flow, there could be something caught in the solenoid that controls the cold water flow, the solenoid wore out and leaks, the solenoid got stuck or unpluged, there is a leak in the hose leading to the solenoid or there is a problem in the timer that controls the solenoid. Where does it flood? Does the tub fill and overflow (solenoid) or does the water leak out from under it (bad hose)?

Perhaps, "turn the cold on and then off" doesn't make it too clear whether the machine fills whether it's powered up or not. I'm guessing this is an over-flow issue? L

when the machine starts it starts with hot water with the cold line being shut off. half way through when it gets to the rinise cycle you have to turn the cold on. Once it fills up and goes to spin the cold wont shut off and continces to fill tube and will over flow if u do not shut cold off. The hot will turn on and shut off like it should.

Bad solenoid (electric valve for cold water) is most likely, if there was a bad connection or the timer wasn't working, it would be more likely to fail off and not work at all.

If you are lucky, you can see the plastic body of the solenoid where the hose goes into the machine. If you can get at it, and take off the hose, you might be able to pull a bit of junk out of it and get it working again. Otherwise, you have to replace the whole piece because the valve part is broken.

I'm not a professional, but I've had to do similar before and that's where I'd start.

. Going by her description (manually controlling the CW), I can't rule out a timer sw that is stuck closed.

Having torn them apart, that would be my third option, mostly because it would mean replacing the whole timer but also because the reed switch would have to fail closed where it is normally an open connection.

That's what I'd conclude L

. Good list. . I'm guessing it's: . Something holding the SOV open (trash, burnt coil, &c;). If the machine is off (unplug it to be sure) and water flows, then this is the problem. . Or the timer switch is stuck closed. If it only does it when the machine is on, this is probably it.