12:47AM | 02/26/07
Member Since: 02/23/07
3 lifetime posts
Just replaced my wonderful #@^#&#&@ Whirpool Calypso washer with a second-hand Whirpool Ultimate Care II.

It overflows the house drain. It was running on low water level without clothes in it.

I snaked the line, checked out the vent line (when the vent cover was off, it overflowed too on the drain cycle), everything checks out. Removed and checked out the drain elbow - it was fine.

The house drain line is 2" where the washer drain comes in and then drops to 1.5" for about 2' before the elbow. The line is approximately 3' above the horizontal run of the drain line.

What do I do?


07:44AM | 02/26/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
By any chance is this a plastic waste system (PVC)


01:50AM | 02/27/07
Member Since: 02/23/07
3 lifetime posts
My drain piping is not PVC...but I did break down and buy a second-hand Whirpool Duet front loader washer.

Looks like the problem I had was with the type of washer, and not the drains. I guess the low water using models drain less water and/or drain at a lower rate.

Lucky for me I found this model in the clearance isle of my local Navy Exchange appliance section. I'd rahter gotten this than looked forward to having my drain lines inspected and enlarged to 2"! Plus, I use less water per load.


10:34AM | 02/27/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
I could never understand why anyone would install a drain line for a washing machine or kitchen waste less then 2"

Considering the price difference between 11/2" and 2" is pennies per foot why not install 2" and save the clients problems later on.

The reason I asked if it is PVC is normally plastic and galvanized waste lines use very short radius fittings for 90 degree rather then a cast iron sweep


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