Question about Kenmore Washing Machines

1 Answer

Frontload washer leaks

We get a small leak after several loads running out from under the unit

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 15,935 Answers

1. Find out where the leak is coming from. Does it leak constantly or during one part of the cycle?
A constant leak means the leak is in the valve where the hoses hook to the washer, the supply valves, or the lines to the washer from the water supply.
The other two options are when the washer is agitating or pumping the water out between cycles.


2. See if it leaks during both cycles and the test there would be to lift the lid just as it starts to drain and wait to see if the water stops leaking.
If it doesn't, then run the drain cycle to see if it gets worse or better.
Results may not be immediate as it would take a few minutes for whatever water there to finish dripping.


3. Wait until the water has been pumped out, lift the lid and check the drip again.
When the location of the leak has been determined, unless the washer has been frozen, most leaks can be fixed without parts and just using hand tools.
If you have an older, top load washer, the back or front will come off so you can observe where the leak is coming from.

WARNING. You are working with a moving, electrically hot machine that could flood.
You must take your time and not put your hand or hair in somewhere that can catch you.
You should not have to get into the upper control center, thus reducing the shock hazard.

4. Before turning the machine on, remove a cover. On some washers, there are two screws on the bottom L & R front corners that take the front panel loose.
Once the screws are removed, the front cover is hinged at the top and you simply pull the bottom away from the machine until it comes un-hooked, and set the cover aside.

There shouldn't be many exposed wires or ends, but a few. Don't touch the terminals or lay something metal in the machine that could fall on the terminals.


5. Take a flashlight, look for obvious leaks or better, water stains around nuts, hose clamps, etc.
Most likely you'll see some water residue here and there and that would be normal as a washer is wet. Look for puddles, long white streaks, calcium deposits.
Most likely, you won't find standing water, but some clues of where you should look when the machine is running.
Unless this leak is so obivous you can see what's wrong, you don't need to start it and you should repair the problem.
Once possible areas have been identified, you should start the machine as if you had a load in it and start to watch for the leak.

WARNING- Make sure you have no tools laying in the machine and you are out of the way. There are spinning parts and live wires once you turn the machine on.
Stay clear, and watch your hair and hands.

Once the machine is full and starts its cycle, look for leaks.
Let the machine do its cycle and as it goes into each part of the cycle, look for the leak.
Once you find a drip, stop the machine by lifting the lid or pulling out on the control knob, and now observe more closely.
Remember, water runs down; where it drips is not necessarily the place of origin.

6 Find the leak and make the needed adjustment (which will be all that is necessary most of the time).
If it is a part you need, get the make, model number and serial number of the washer and call an appliance parts dealer or repair service if you don't think you can repair the problem.



If the washing machine leaks water while it is filling, pull it away from the wall and see if the water drips from the inlet hoses or valves as the unit fills.
If it does, tighten the faucet packing nuts. Then, inspect the hoses and replace them if they have become cracked.
Also look for cracks in the casing of the inlet valves. Unplug the unit and lift the top to better inspect the valves.

Replace any valves that are cracked.

Valves usually crack when the hot water in the house water supply is heated to greater than 170 degrees.
They also crack if the house is left cold during the water and water is not drained from the unit. A cracked inlet nozzle can leak during fill.
The leaking water will drip down the outside of the tub and collect under the unit. Be sure that the hose connected to the inlet nozzle is tightly clamped.
Replace the nozzle if you find cracks in it.

If the leaking occurs at some time during the wash sequence other than when the machine is filling with water, unplug the unit, remove the back panel and examine the parts under the machine.
You can make a closer inspection by tipping the unit over onto it's front or side.

Tighten hose clamps that have become loose. If water is leaking from the pump, replace the pump.

The gasket between the tub and the splash guard may wear out and leak. To check the gasket, lift the top and remove the snubber and splash guard.
Replace a worn gasket. A hole in the bottom of the tub can develop.
If the hole is less than 1/4 inch in diameter, remove the agitator and basket and seal the hole.
If the hole is larger, replace the washing machine or tub.




Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why does it leak, even when machine is not running?


Small leak/drip with Fisher & Paykel GWL11 Washer (with ...

ths.gardenweb.com > Home Forums > Laundry Room
May 6, 2008 - Got a small drip/leak with my GWL11 washer..... The washer is ...Small leak/drip with Fisher & Paykel GWL11 Washer (with pictures) ..... New project for a new year: Light a fire under plans for an outdoor oven and claim the best pizza in town ... Speed Queen Front Load AFN50 Washer Review - Long Post.

Fisher and Paykel GWL11 Top Loading Washer

ths.gardenweb.com > Home Forums > Laundry Room
Mar 5, 2008 - My GWL11 Top loading washer has had nothing but problems! ... I have a Fisher Paykel GWL11 that I purchased new and have loved until this problem started. ... The machine fills with a small amount of water to saturate the clothes ...... Fault 36 is related to water leaking, but is *not* the kind of leaking from ...

Fisher and Paykel GWL11 Top Load Washer - faqqq

www.faqqq.com/.../fisher-paykel-gwl11-washer-leaking-and-squealing-fish...
Question Product: Fisher and Paykel GWL11 Top Load Washer Question Details:Fisher Paykel ... Small leak/drip with Fisher & Paykel GWL11 Washer (with .

Dec 12, 2015 | Fisher and Paykel GWL11 Top Load Washer

1 Answer

Whirlpool frontload WAsher. After I run a load, the clothes come out fine. Several hours later there will be an inch of water in the tub. 10 hours more there are 5 inches of water. I have checked the...


It sounds like the water inlet solenoid valve at the rear of the washer where the hose hooks up is leaking, more than likely the cold water valve.

Jan 31, 2012 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

1 Answer

Hello. My frontload LG Washer started leaking


I have the same problem I think. During the wash cycle, water sometimes starts spraying/leaking from the detergent dispenser drawer. This orignally only happened during a 'NORMAL' wash and when I ran a 'SPEED WASH' it was ok. Now all of a sudden it's doing it during the 'SPEED WASH' also. I though it might be the water pressure so I turned down the flow going to the washer but that doesn't seem to help. If I knew how the detergent system worked maybe it would be easier to solve this problem.

Nov 11, 2009 | LG WM2277H Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Leak with heavy load


Is the machne noisy? If not, it may soon become noisy. Sounds as if the grease seal protecting the basket spindle bearings is leaking. soon the bearings will fail

Sep 16, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

1 Answer

KENMORE FRONTLOAD WASHER Model# 41741052000


very common for the tub seal to leak - or bellow to be ripped.

Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

Aug 07, 2009 | Kenmore 44102 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Water leaks


If there is water leaking from under the washer, then you have a water leak from one of your water hoses. Check the back of the washer, where the water comes into the washer, to see if its leaking water or the hose is cracked. If its leaking water from the intake hose, then unscrew the hose and check the rubber washer, to see if it needs reolaced. Sometimes those rubber washers get cracked or broken. If that doesn't help, unplug your washer from the power cord and unscrew your intake water hoses and flip the washer gently on it's side and check the water hoses under the washer for leaks or cracks. Replace the hoses if cracked. Your local hardware store should have replacement hoses. This should solve your problem, but if not, then you need to call a washer repair person to look at it. I hope this helps.:)

Jan 19, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top...

1 Answer

Leaking washer


Replace the valve, or if new, have them do it. You are sure it is the valve and not where the hot warter hose attaches? Confirm by hooking up hot water under preasure to see if that seals itself. 

Jan 06, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

My top load whirpool washing machine leaks during spin cycle.


it only does it on the small load? does the water drain out before it goes into spin?

Nov 13, 2008 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top...

1 Answer

Kenmore Elite washer


Okay...what you are talking about is a honey colored oil, right? The gearcase (transmission) is filled with this oil. Sometimes the gearcases are prone to leaks. There is a small breatehr hole onthe top of the gearcase housing that oil will sometimes weep out of when it expands. This could be a potentially serious problem, as a leaky gearcase COULD mean it is beginning to fail. But...not always. This is kind of a gray area when it comes to this model washer. As leaking oil is generally considered a bad thing, the gearcase could actually run for quite a long time and experience no failures, or further leaks. I would keep the oil cleaned up and run the washer as you normally would. If the leaking becomes progressively worse, the tub begins to spin slower than usual, requires assistance to spin, clothes aren't spinning dry enough, or if the gearcase starts to exhibit loud noises, stop using the washer and plan on needing a replacement gearcase. They generally run about $150 and can easily be installed by the DIYer. If you wish to pursue that as an option sometime, just let me know and I can provide you with the steps required to do so. At this point, monitor what you have and let me know how much the gearcase is leaking.

As far as the water leaking is concerned...you need to determine WHERE it is coming from. If it is leaking in the center under the wash tub in the location of the gearcase, the tub seal probably needs replaced, or you may have a crack in the tub somewhere. If the washer is leaking near the front, this is generally a sign of a leaking water pump, or associated hoses. Check to make sure the hoses are clamped snug. If the washer is leaking in the back somewhere, I would suspect a leaking water inlet hose, or drain hose. The best way to make the determination is to place a sheet of cardboard under the washer when it is empty. Do a load of wash and pull the cardboard out when done. Note where the leak patterns are and get back to me. I need to know where the water is coming from before I can give you a correct assessment. I hope this helps guide you in the right direction.

Oct 01, 2008 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

Water leaking from my whirlpool frontload washer


open the door and check between the drum and door frame. There is a large rubber bladder completely surrounding the drum. Pushing the drum further back into the machine will let you see the entire thing and unfold it. These often get small laundry like socks stuck there as well as sharp objects like nails. You may have a tear in it which will leak like that. Replacement parts run about $70.00.

May 24, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?
Washing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

21 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Washing Machines Experts

Richard Roth
Richard Roth

Level 3 Expert

9472 Answers

Jesus  Colon
Jesus Colon

Level 1 Expert

12 Answers

Fred Sops

Level 2 Expert

271 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...