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Leaking on the floor on "small load" setting only

Within the first few months of owning the GE WDSR2080D Top Load washer, I noticed a small puddle of water on the floor at the right front corner of the unit when I tried to use the "small load" setting. It appeared after the first spin cycle. It felt like it was dripping slowly from that underside of the washer.

The repairman came out, checked it and said he could find nothing wrong with it. Since we don't usually use the "small load" setting, I sort of forgot about it until recently when my husband must have moved it to that one rather than "large load." I ran two small loads through and noticed at the end that there was a larger puddle on the floorand actually found water under the right middle side and on the left back side. None was under the left front side. I pulled a thin towel underneath the entire machine to absorb the puddle(s). Is this a common problem on the small load setting and what could be the problem ? I plan to contact the repairman, but don't expect a solution.

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  • marg-gram Nov 04, 2008

    We had the old GE washer model with the mini-basket before this one and never had any problems with it until a handkerchief or sock got stuck in the hose when it was emptying once. So the first think I checked was the hook-up situation to make sure that wasn't the problem this time. I checked around the hoses running into and out of the wall where the water would be entering or leaving. The hose exteriors were completely dry and the wall was dry.

    When the serviceman came out, I know he ran some water through and did a check of the cycling, but there were no clothes in the tub. That's when he said he didn't find anything wrong with it.

    When it did the same thing the other night, I placed my hand underneath the front right corner of the metal case of the washer. I could feel water on the ledge and a dripping down onto my hand. Of course, that could be coming from some place else the splashing you mentioned. My husband also says there seems to be louder noises in the cycles when it's "shifting gears" during the small load setting than with the larger settings.

    We are purchasing another appliance (a stove) from the dealer and today I told him about the washer problem. When he brings the new stove, I'll have him check the washer again and I'll pass on your thoughts. . Thanks for trying.

  • marg-gram Nov 11, 2008

    Dearest MNTECH,

    Excuuuuuuuuuuse me ????!!!!! I'm sorry, but I'm new to the website and didn't know "how to play the rating game" and I SURELY didn't know that my "Thanks for Trying" ( which, by the way, was DEEPLY "heartfelt" and COMPLETELY appreciative) would cause some major upheaval in the big Rating Booth in the Cyber-sky.

    MNTECH, I do appreciate your "detailed personal reply" and have even copied it off word-for-word to show the serviceman when he comes out again. I'm sure he will appreciate it, too, and find it very "HELPFUL". It might even give him the solution to rate a "FixYA !" Have a great day !!!! :-)


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I have been selling and been doing factory authorized service on GE for nearly 30 years. I have sold many of this model. It's hard to imaging that a machine would leak water on small loads but not larger loads. In a case such as this, a servicer must remember to test the machine exactly as the home owner is using it. I would take pull the machine away from the wall and adjacent cabinets and dryer if hoses permit, (so that I could rule out water coming from somewhere other that the washer) remove the front panel, and have the home owner run the exact cycle with the exact settings and the same clothes load and soap used when the machine leaked. I suspect that some water is splashing over the wash tub. If you use a gentle cycle or a larger load you get less splashing. Even having a few more cloths items in the machine would reduce splashing. You might not expect a solution, but you do deserve an explanation. Some times the solution is strange, for example: I had a customer who said the washer leaked a lot of water onto the floor the first time it was used in the day, but worked great the rest of the day. I came out early the next day and tested the machine, and it did exactly that. What happened was the builder added on this new laundry room and the drain pipe went through the floor before the plumber added the trap. The builder then insulated the area but put the insulation on the room side of the trap, allowing cold air to freeze and plug the drain. After warm water pumped into the drain and most of the water overflowed the top of the pipe onto the floor, the rest of the water melted the ice in the trap and the machine worked fine until the next day after the water had a chance to form a later of ice in the trap again. The fix was simply to move the insulation to the other side of the trap. (OK, here in Minnesota we run into weird things like that, but my point is to test the machine exactly as it is used to find where the problem lies) I'd like you to post a comment when you find your solution.

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    Gee, you ask me a question, I give you a detailed personal reply, and you thank me with a Thanks for Trying rating? (which drops my rating) Well as Steve Martin would say,...... well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me !

    If you didn't think it was at least helpful, you could have not rated it.


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