Model #46-2551-00-02 TAPPAN Washers

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Tappan washing machine problem


I understand the concern with your washer overflowing, it' s a big inconvenience to have this problem. While your waiting for a detailed reply from an expert. I have provided the link below. Good luck on the repair.

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Yadira B -
October 15, 2012

Thank you for the question about your Tappan washer not operating correctly, I will be happy to assist with this issue.
I believe the reason for this failure to be with the pressure switch or pressure tube. When the washer fills, the pressure switch should recognize the water level, stop the water flow and begin the wash cycle. (I have researched this model and find the pressure switch no longer available. on the Sears site, but may be available elsewhere.)
Another cause could be the air tube that pushes air pressure from bottom of outer tub to the pressure switch and causes the pressure switch to switch from fill to wash. Try this simple test, you will need a 1/4 inch rubber or soft plastic tube about 3 ft. long._ always disconnect power supply before servicing appliance and when testing with live voltage wear proper safety equipment_
Un-plug the washer and access the control area by removing the back panel from control console. Locate the pressure switch; it will have a 1/4 inch clear tube attached to it. Remove the existing tube and attach your new tube.
Now very carefully plug the washer back in and start a wash cycle (don�t touch any wires or other components) Let the washer start to fill and blow into the other end of your new tube. If the pressure switch is operating the washer will stop filling and start the wash motion. Once you release pressure on the new tube it will go back to fill again. If there is activity when you apply air pressure to the tube then we know the pressure switch is good and the problem would be the tube on the washer. Just a tiny pin hole in this tube and sump that attached to tub can cause failure. Replace the tube assembly.
This is the most common cause of the problem you describe, there could also be wiring problems causing this so if the above does not solve the problem check wiring to and around the pressure switch and timer. I hope this helps, should you need additional assistance reply and I will be happy to assist further. I will attach a link for parts in case you need the pressure tube:Sears PartsDirect .

Thanks Ron H.
If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
October 16, 2012
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