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




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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

alitak: Thanks for the tip. I posted two videos addressing this after doing some research and reading the wiring diagrams. I now have full flow on the hot water for a true 50/50 warm, and best of all I can now rinse at the same temperature I wash my clothes in which is what I've always wanted!

Ray Anthony: Cont'd. Research and you will find horror stories of every kind about every name but this one Speed Queen.

Crazyfootballguy: Great post. I just got my AWN432 delivered today and will be making my water level adjustment right now..... let you know how it goes.

alitak: Anything can void your warranty. They may come out and say you overloaded it and broke it. Here is my personal experience with Speedqueen, when the water pump broke on it under warranty they direct shipped me a replacement that I replaced myself. The guy at Speedqueen specifically told me that I would not void the warranty replacing the part he was sending me. If a dishonest repairman said the warranty was void from water level adjustment I'd find a different, reputable repairman.

EmersonCollie: I like the fact that we can still adjust the water level the way how "we" see fit. Not the way how the government sees fit. It's too bad you can't do this to all of these usless new government toilets that dosen't flush worth a crap.

yogitunes: to any brainiac out there, SQ WILL NOT void your warranty if this adjustment is made, if anyone truely contacted SQ, you would have talked with Chuck Melnor, head of customer service, and would be instructed that anyone not happy with the factory setting, an "authorized" repairman will reset this water level to its proper level....but its simple enough to do yourself....MINE also operates with the lid open, does yours?

alitak: It's not broken, it's by design thanks to your and my politicians. If you want to fix your home appliance water levels and non-adjustable temperature settings write your congressman and VOTE! :-D

alitak: You shouldn't ever do that. When you go to sell that washer someday and the buyer's kid rips their arm off they will be suing you and me if I posted how to do that.

7732528: i'm sorry but speed queen has nothing to do with frigidaire co. also if the machine is working properly you most likely have it overloaded.

TV95137: Hey. My Brother (I'm 18 he's 30) told that comment to you.

Gary Mastin: This machine meets the criteria for ownership as defined by ifixit.com If you can fix it, you truly own it! The Department of Energy can kiss my dirty socks and flush their stupid standards down the drain. Kudos to Speed Queen for "meeting" the standard but allowing the owner to "install" common sense!

yogitunes: in conclusion.....I recommend the stacked dryers to match the washer....absolute best idea since the washing machine....I get loads done fast...you wont find a better built machine out there for the money.....

seemevid: So, you're saying to turn the screw to the right (what ... half a turn or so?) and then back it off when it gets to the correct level until it clicks?

yogitunes: I appreciate your concern over the lid bypass.....fortunately I have a brain and common sense not to let a child play in or around my machine.....and this by-pass is only done with a clothes pin, and can be changed back in seconds should it ever leave my possession.....or future inquiries of Speed Qeen, please google AutomaticWasher for the site....a lot of appliance experts there....can help you thru anything you need.... loveing that true WARM wash and rinse aren't you!......simple changes...

inhisimage67: Apart from the little rant, this machine is the best washer i have owned since the mid 80s. Got the speed queen dryer last month and the build quality is very sturdy. Actually feels more solid than the 26 year old whirlpool it replaced, which was a good basic dryer

Hair Do: Thanks for the tip. I do know it's hard to earn money. But it is much better than working minimum wage at mcdonolds. Being an hair stylist does get tips and I end up making decent money. Plus it allows me to be creative sometimes and make customer's dream come to reality.
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