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Washing machine leaks water

The GE washing machine is spraying a mist of water out the back component that sits to the left after taking the back off the machine. It does not seem to be coming from the hoses or the connections. It happens only when the water is being drained from the machine. The model number is WWA8470VCLAD...not sure if the 0 is a number or a letter.

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    mrfixit64857 May 11, 2010

    This component, could it be the pump, down low to the rear? or the component where the hoses connect to, the mixer valve?

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Check your water inlet hose in the back of the machine to make sure there tight. The vibration of the machine can loosen them up up.

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Hello there:
Here is a few tips that might help you out
Hope that they are very helpful for you
Best regards Mike
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  • If the washing machine leaks only at the end of the wash, when water is being pumped out. Make sure water isn't backing up and cascading over the top of a blocked drain pipe in the plumbing.
  • WARNING: Don't get electrocuted trying to witness a leak. It's dangerous running the washing machine with the top or back off.

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