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Chas, Home Appliance Technician
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I have a whirlpool washer with auto load sensing how do I clean

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I have a whirlpool washer with auto load sensing how do I clean the detector.
The machine starts up in what acts like rinse mode with no water

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I have a whirlpool washer with an autoload sensor and triple spray.

When you start the washer it automatically starts agitating without filling. I have ran a load of clothes with distilled vinegar added to clean the load sensor. It worked for a few weeks and then started all over again. I believe the number is XXXXX

The model number will be in the door opening area, it will normally have 3 letters in the beginning..
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The only number there is W10140920

Okay is this a top loader or front loader?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Top Loader

It should begin with 110.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


You need to replace the sensing switch on the washer, very common problem, click on the blue link below to order it.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I new it was the sensor, you did not really answer the question. Is there a way to clean it, if not how do I change it. Please give instructions.

No way to clean to clean it or repair it, just replace it. SOrry they don't make these to be repaired..
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Gee while we were talking I found this:


My three year old Whirlpool model WTW57ESVW1 when started would immediately agitate without water and leave clothing wet when finished. Model number is XXXXX the lid on the lip of the housing. You have to bend over to see it. Found solution on line. The water sensor is the culprit. Part number is XXXXX It is an easy repair you can do yourself in less than an hour. Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet to avoid shock hazard. Remove two small screws from the top rear corners of the machine. The control panel is held to the main cabinet by two spring clips. While holding the control panel pry the spring clips loose to separate it from the cabinet. The spring clips may pop problem they go back in easily by hand. If only one pops out pay attention to the other for reference. The water level/temp controller has two electrical connectors and a clear tube attached to it. The larger connector has a locking tab you need to bend back a bit so you can pull it off. (It is similar to an automotive electrical connector.) The smaller connector has no tab, but mine was stubborn and I needed pliers to wiggle it a bit to get it off. DO NOT PULL WIRES TO GET CONNECTORS OFF. Clear hose simply twist and pull to disconnect. Turn the dial fully counter clockwise and then pull the dial off the shaft. The sensor does not require tools to remove from the panel. Simply rotate it 90 degrees and it will come off. I cleaned the male contacts with my wife's Emory nail file, blew into the tube to remove any moisture and reassembled everything. Worked like a charm, I read about other who did the same thing so II don't get credit. If you replace the sensor instead it will cost approx $80-90 bucks, be sure to blow into tube to remove any possible moisture or the new sensor will be confused by false water level symptoms too.

Rarely will it be a clogged line, see how long it lasts.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

well it is now closing in on a year and it is still going strong with just blowing out the air tube.