Speed Queen Clothes Washer Water Level Problem And How To Fix It




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alitak: Hi Shannon, I did this video, you can post on here if you want a reply. I don't work for speed queen, I am a consumer. I don't recommend any particular model, I only like these because they are top load and have old school steel transmissions. The new ones are direct drive and unreliable. I hate front loaders. I wash some nasty dog blankets, etc, and trust me 5 gallons of water or whatever they use will not clean off that garbage. It takes some volume to get that garbage out. The speed queens just work, mine only broke down when our 10 year old at the time got some socks between the drum and it got sucked into the water pump. Speed queen has TERRIBLE customer service. I was out of a washer for 3 weeks with 2 small kids laundry to handle. It was a nightmare. I hope they can resolve that, I love their product, hate their complete lack of service. Note, I live in a town with 150k people, you'd think they'd have some service people nearby but the wait was loooooong and they all wanted money to look at my brand new washer.

Mary Carpenter: Alitak: Do you know how to do this for the 2014 front loader (AFN50R)? We took the top off and it looks nothing like your top loader inside--just a lot of wires. If you can help, we would be grateful. It's the only drawback to my machine. Thanks!

Charles Wright: Great tip thnx. I just turned mine 1 1/2 turns and was good to go

brooke127: Thank you for this hack vid-I might try it. Someone posted a link to this vid on the official Speed Queen Facebook page & the person handling the SQ FB page replied w/this: "For most of your loads, the Extra Large water level will cover your clothes. If you find that it does not, and you need more water - you simply turn the Load Size knob to RESET. While you are holding it on RESET, the water comes in until you let go, putting you in control of the water level. The procedure shown on youtube is not necessary."

Tom Carmichael: For wheelruts, i do not have a washer manual sorry. I'm not a speed queen certified repairman, I'm just a technically inclined person. ;-)

wheelruts: Hi again alitak. Asked you this on your rinse temp modification vid but doing so again here in case anyone else knows since are a lot of comments here. Do you or anyone here know how to get a service manual for this AWN/AWC series machine. Can only find user manual. Thanks

drew251: thank you very much for this video!!! I just got my new machine delivered today and hubby fixed my water level right away. :-)

Shannon Karageorge: Do we have to adjust it every time to get the water to fill to top or can I just leave it that way after doing it once? Thanks so much for this very helpful video!!

Candice Myers: Thank you! I just got a new speed queen and was so frustrated with the water level, I knew there had to be some sort of hack to make it fill properly, with 5 kids and a lot of laundry this just made my day!

prw139: @alitak, you seem to know what to do with this washing machine. Great troubleshooting! I would probably be in an empty thought balloon with this matter.. My question is, overall, how would you rate the speed queen washers now? The more recent models? I'm planning on getting one.. What would be your advise? Thank you very much.

Shannon Damschen: Hi... this looks like a great machine... who did this video... how do I reach you ... by email or phone? Which model of the SQ is best? 

Martina Marty: oh my God all day today I was online trying to fine an awn432s to replace this crap whirlpool caprio that has balance issues with a bad suspension system. could have replaced the shocks for 60 dollars cost of parts only, who know how much labor would have been, however. I do not like the lock on the lid, I do not like how it wont clean clothes. I hate Caprio machine. Do not buy one. Excited to get my machine I ordered today from Amazon yes its high in cost but I am looking down the road to me not being agitated and its worth every dime...plus a 3 year warranty..yeah I know...but just hedging my bet with this one...I did have sticker shock. Thank you for telling me about the manual fill adjustment.

Tim S: Speed Queen w/d's are by far the best built on the market! Buy a set before 2015 when more government regulations kick-in & Alliance Laundry is forced to change these great machines!

Ra's al Ghul: i just love video like this. this approach works for my whirlpool, too. before I adjusted the screw, the water level is filled up only a little over 1/2 of the tub.. very annoying..after watching this video, i went to work and got that crap adjusted. the water is filled up to all the way to the damn top!!! so easy. i just dont u/s why the damn gov or epa or whoever, imposed the water level regulation, making all of the manufacturers to restrict the water level. stupid crap..but anyway. thanks a million for the video.

pegsbored: Hurray for manual fill knobs! Hurray for manual everything! It lasts longer. I just hold the fill level indicator until it gets to where I need if I have a large load. Or, just fill the washer before adding the comforter. Damn good washing machine. My front loader was horrible and did not clean anything! Glad it died! Glad I went American made and simple.

7732528: the hole they are speaking of is in the inlet valve where the hoses go on , not the filler flume : ) 

Ray Anthony: Cont'd. I had to watch the machine so it wouldn't flood. Now I had to watch the machine to add water so it wouldn't tear up, tangle, and not get the clothes clean. That's why I sent back the GE "h e" (hell on earth) machine I got before the Speed Queen. NOW I've done my homework and the 432 machine is amazing. No electronics. No plastic outer tub. No plastic parts in the drive and stability system. Built like a tank. Its the last of its kind. Get one of these before its too late. Research an

umajunkcollector: We got our set for a bit over 1K$, and have had them over three years with NO problems. I'vr had many Speed Queens since the 60s, and highly recommend them over any others. .They're pretty much old school, it does not lock durng the cycle. It's cost is less than most any front loader, and IMO, it does a better job.

Ray Anthony: Cont'd. I think you'll enjoy the irony in this: I had to replace my washer in part because the fill valves wouldn't shut off. I had to watch the machine so it wouldn't flood. Now I had to watch the machine to add water so it wouldn't tear up, tangle, and not get the clothes clean. That's why I sent back the GE "h e" (hell on earth) machine I got before the Speed Queen. NOW I've done my homework and the 432 machine is amazing. No electronics. No plastic outer tub. No plastic parts in the dri

Ray Anthony: That line didn't make any sense. I laughed and laughed. Just wanted to make sure people knew there was a way to add water without buckets or tearing apart your washer. That information will come in handy for people who do giant load after giant load. For me having to add water to an oversize load now and then isn't that big of a deal. I think you'll enjoy the irony in this: I had to replace my washer in part because the fill valves wouldn't shut off. I had to watch the machine so it wouldn't

7732528: most repairmen would never notice & the ones that did would not care because they know that adjustment will not cause any other part to fail. the only trouble i ever see out of speed queens is every once in a while a timer will fail, but the timer is one of the few parts on the washer made in another country ! with that said they are still the best washer on the market today.

alitak: I don't believe in having it wash with the lid open. I've heard of kids being killed by getting their arm stuck in there on a spin cycle. NOT WORTH IT! If someone is hurt or killed by that washer due to your modification you would likely be held legally responsible in civil court and subject to a huge loss. I truly hope you fix that before selling it someday. That is an easy hack but not one I would ever put out there in interest of child safety. :-)

sawthemin77: Wow dude , God bless you , or God bless Youtube , or God bless the internet , but this is just great information . We are getting a SQ this week , we just do light stuff but it is great to have the "tweek" Keep up the good work !!

NCDanV: Nice video. Do you know how much the AWN412 costs? Am I able to add clothes to the unit once it is started? Some new machines lock. I hate that. Thanks. for the video.

alitak: GOOD TO KNOW! I see they are watching my videos then. lol!! It's a great washer, I hope they leave it so we can fix these problems. I'll buy another brand if I can't keep my adjustable temperature wash or full wash basin.

inhisimage67: So far I have been well pleased with this washer. It washes like an old Maytag with the sloshing and rocking back and forth of the water. After having DD whirlpools and kenmores and a Maytag bravos x, this washer is a breath of fresh air. No wash action like an Osterizer blender. Just a soothing rhythmic sound like an old whirlpool or maytag. May you all have many years out of your machines.

keyzone72: This procedure worked for me, but I never heard the "click" described at 2:08. All I did was turn the screw clock-wise a few turns enough to make the white plastic drum go in a little more. After about 3 test fill-ups, I'm now able to select "Extra Large" on the water level setting and have the SQ fill up right where I want it. This is at about 3/4 of an inch below the top edge of the wash bin. Thanks again for posting this video. It was very helpful and easy to follow.

7732528: ahh ! gotcha !

Linda Christopher: I agree about the washer... especially NOW that I can fill it to the top! I'm thinking of buying the matching dryer too.

Thomas Campbell: If you really want to be cool you should also get the world's best washing machine hoses from Flood Check and a Water Cop device to turn off the water if your washing machine or anything else tries to flood your place. My old washing machine got stuck on the fill cycle and caused over $20,000 in water damage!

alitak: btw, I don't sell or repair these. I'm handy and know how I want my stuff to work. I don't make recommendations on washers, cleaning, etc. The speedqueen is one of the last models to use the old school transmission and real components. The new ones are all direct drive fall apart crap. So far I'm pretty happy with the speedqueen reliability. I have renters that pack a lot of crap in these and don't take care of them. They still do a great job. This is the best self balancing top load.

Linda Christopher: I couldn't agree more! I just wish there was something we could do about it. But what? Calling our Congressmen or voting them out won't help, because it's regulations, not laws, that are causing all of these problems.... I wish we could abolish the EPA. I'm all for protecting the environment, but they've gone so far overboard, it's ridiculous!

goblin072: I have a AWN 432. How many turns (Clockwise) did it take to get the water level right? ie. 1/2 turn or 1 turn etc..... Also why back it off at all if its set right? That part did not make sense to me. Could you clarify?

yogitunes: these govt regulated SQ have dubbed down hot water, which means you get a luke Warm wash when WARM is selected......30%HOT and 70% COLD.....another simple fix, provided you have common sense and some mechanical experience, you can drill out the HOT side of the water valve to equal the COLD side and have a true WARM wash........takes only minutes to do, just don't drill completely thru the valve, like I said, common sense!..........sorry, got his name wrong for Customer Rep of SQ....Chuck Melton

alitak: I don't know but my old speed queen washer went to the top holes and that is exactly where I set mine. I have not had any problems with water spilling.

inhisimage67: Funny, I have to check mine again. I think I mine had that adhesive too. I still turned it though and it worked just fine.

7732528: lol !

7732528: just don't tell anyone ! and as alitak said if a repairman is that stupid find another repairman! i am a speedqueen dealer and i am doing what i have to do to make these machines work as they should. as far as i know they are very few washers that this can be done on . cheap whirlpool made ones can but it is not this simple and you loose some features. on the speed queen turn the screw 2 1/2 turns clockwise. any good repairman would look the other way if they noticed this modification

apctech1: you cant do this on a ge they use a plastic switch thats not ajustable like youres is:)

alitak: @fttp211 If it's a speed queen just fix it with this method. It's a solid washing machine, I have two of them working great. This modification is really easy to do, just watch it for a couple fills to be sure you didn't over do the fill level. I have had zero problems with mine since adjusting this.

alitak: That's interesting, never thought of using a slip for it. I saw a news story where a child had their arm ripped off putting their arm in one of these on spin cycle. Even if you don't have kids you may have some visit someday out of the blue. I've already found muddy shoe prints in my dryer so I have no confidence in defeating safety settings like that because I know it would be a matter of time in my house. ;-)

alitak: I want to do that on my washer but our sewer line is iron and has poor drainage. The restricted drain on ours is actually a good thing, our last washer would flood the room but with this limited outflow it's perfect. I would definitely do that if we had good drainage!!

alitak: The water level adjustment is a work in motion, it's not x turns, but rather turn it until the water level is where it needs to be. This will take a few times of turning the screw, plugging it in and testing where it shuts off. I turned mine until it was full, then backed it off a half turn to be sure it didn't over-fill and just start dumping on the floor.

7732528: it is just a little thread locker it will still break loose. turn it two rounds to the right

rebecca73064: After so many minutes the water will turn off in your shower so hurry up and get out, followed by how fast to do your dishes and so on, LOL...It is just crazy. My daughter takes a shower long enough to fill up ten washing machine full. Where will it all end?

alitak: No, and I think those are electric/non adjustable if I'm not mistaken.

Sharkie626: I dont ever see Speed Queen getting rid of their adjustable water level pressure switches. Hell, maybe they just keep them like that to get away with their "new" energy water levels :D

alitak: I'm glad to see other people are finding this useful! Thanks for the feedback.

7732528: all we are doing is setting it to the same point they were 3 years ago before the government takeover of laundry rooms.... by the way a new wave of water regulations will hit in 2015 and this washer will go away and all we will have is the government regulated pieces of junk! write your congressmen and tell them to stay out of your laundryroom ! i just wonder which room they will be in next ?! hmmmmmm !

inhisimage67: nearly 3 months and my washer is barely broken in. This go green non sense is out of hand. If i want to use extra water, whose business is it but mine?

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