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shealow

07:13PM | 04/18/08
Member Since: 04/17/08
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Bvelectrical
Model Nr. SAV515DEWW

Serial Nr. 14511263GE

purchased from home depot in 2002. Water flows in OK but the tub can't hold water. The drain is stuck open. Is that a solenoid valve?

appliguy

08:16PM | 04/18/08
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Hi,

**Model Nr. SAV515DEWW**

An Amana built washer with a Maytag name on it.

**Water flows in OK but the tub can't hold water. The drain is stuck open. Is that a solenoid valve?**

Water comes in and goes down the drain at the same time?

With or without the motor running?

No solenoid valve for the drain.

If without, probably the water is syphoning out.

http://www.applianceaid.com/faq-washers.html#filling

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

JRAppliance

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DanO

10:20AM | 04/19/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** The drain is stuck open. Is that a solenoid valve? **

There is not usually any sort of drain valve on most clothes. The main washer motor turns one direction for wash and the opposite way for drain and spin. The pump is only capable of pumping when it turns in the right direction which is when the motor is turning in the spin direction.

If water drains out of the tub during the agitate phase of a cycle or when the machine is not running at all, I agree with Jeff that improper drain hose installation (see the following link) is a likely cause.

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

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=534

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Maytag+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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shealow

07:52AM | 04/20/08
Member Since: 04/17/08
2 lifetime posts
Thanks, guys. Turns out that there's only 28" vertical from the washer outlet to the drain pipe inlet. Ironically, the washer worked fine for years and suddenly one day (Friday) it wouldn't hold water. Now (Sunday) it's holding water again. Must be a washer on the edge. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

DanO

10:58AM | 04/20/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** Ironically, the washer worked fine for years and suddenly one day it wouldn't hold water. **

That can happen. I've seen incorrectly installed appliances work Ok for years only to develop problems later on. It makes it hard for customers to believe the installation is the cause... even when correcting the installation fixes the problem. :/

** Must be a washer on the edge. **

I doubt the washer itself has anything to do with your problem. Maybe the air gap for the drain hose just got sealed into the standpipe temporarily by foam from a previous drain?

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Maytag+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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appliguy

08:37PM | 04/20/08
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
**Turns out that there's only 28" vertical from the washer outlet to the drain pipe inlet.**

A tad too low.

**Ironically, the washer worked fine for years and suddenly one day it wouldn't hold water.

That can happen. I've seen incorrectly installed appliances work Ok for years only to develop problems later on. It makes it hard for customers to believe the installation is the cause... even when correcting the installation fixes the problem.**

Odd problems like reverse polarity can work for years before giving us a problem.

I'm with Dan, correct the install now should give you less problems later on :)

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

JRAppliance

http://www.jrappliance.ca
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