04:37AM | 04/17/06
Member Since: 04/16/06
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We moved into a new home 2 years ago and ever since our Extra Large capacity washing machine overflows from the drain. I have to run it on the small cycles to keep it from going all over our garage but we want and need to stop this from happening becuase we are going to be converting our garage soon. From what I can tell, it's not the drain or the line being clogged, it's simply that the drain can't handle the pressure and amount of water thrown out during the spin cycles.

The main problem is that our washer is drained out the same area that our A/C condensation is routed through. We were going to try a compression set up but don't know what to do about the A/C drain. If anyone can give some adivce on a simple fix (well simpler than paying thousands of dollars to a plumber to redo the drains) I would really appreciate it.


09:30AM | 04/17/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** it's not the drain or the line being clogged, it's simply that the drain can't handle the pressure and amount of water thrown out during the spin cycles. **

Than you'll have to modify the drain plumbing, making it capable of moving more water. This is from a new washer's installation guide:

Requires a drain capable of eliminating 17 gals (64.3 L) per minute. A standpipe diameter of 1-1/4 in. (3.18 cm) minimum. Local building codes may have larger minimum requirements.

You might want to ask for plumbing advice in Bob's Plumbing Forum:


** We were going to try a compression set up **

You mean sealing the wahser's draim hose into the drain pipe?? If so, that will likely cause other problems (see the following link).

- My washer doesn't seem to be able to hold water. What's the problem?


** adivce on a simple fix **

Maybe drain the washer into a laundry sink/tub/basin and let it drain more slowly into the house plumbing? The real answer would be to correct the plumbing to make it adequate for use with a clothes washer.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



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