Top Load Washer - Deep Fill

The Deep Fill option, not to be confused with the Deep Rinse option, will add additional water to the wash cycle regardless of whether you used a manual or a load-sensing fill. The Deep Fill option is a feature offered on several Top Load Washer models. It is recommended for special case loads rather than normal everyday use.

Wash Cycles With the Deep Fill Option

  • On non-Energy Star models with this option: Deep Fill is available on all wash cycles.
  • On Energy Star models with this option:
    • Deep Fill is available on all wash cycles except the Normal/Colors cycle due to 2016 Department of Energy regulations.
    • Energy Star models manufactured before July of 2016 offered Deep Fill on all wash cycles including the Normal/Colors cycle.

Two Ways Deep Fill Can Be Used

  • Add a Little More Water: Press the Deep Fill button once before starting the cycle to add 3 gallons of water to the wash load. Once the washer has stopped filling, you can press it again to add 3 more gallons.
  • Full Tub Fill: Press and hold the Deep Fill button for 3 seconds to fill the washer to the maximum water level. It will fill to approximately 26 gallons except on portable / stationary models with Deep Fill. On these models the maximum water level is approximately 20 gallons.
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Using Deep Fill

  • The lid must be down when using the Deep Fill option.
  • After starting the washer, the water level can be increased any time before the end of the wash phase.
    • Pressing Deep Fill will add more water.
    • On 2015 and newer models with a selectable load size level, for example, Small, Medium, Large, and Super, selecting a larger water level will add more water without causing the washer to drain. It will continue to wash with the larger amount of water.
  • Any time the Deep Fill feature is turned on, the Deep Fill LED light is illuminated, regardless if it was a one-time press to add 3 gallons or if it was held for 3 seconds for a full deep fill. The LED light stays on even after the selected fill is complete to show that the feature was selected.
Some Top Load Washers feature a Deep Rinse option. For information about the Deep Rinse option, check out our Top Load Washer - Deep Rinse article.

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