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Water leaking from underneath,even when water is off

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If you have a leak, the most common cause is a worn drain pump, leaking drain hoses, leaking dispenser hoses coming from the water inlet valve, or the hose to the air dome has come loose. You will need to remove the exterior case of the washer to be sure. DO NOT attempt to lay the washer on its back. The gearcase (transmission) contains oil and it may leak out through the breather hole.

The following link explains how to inspect your washer for leaks:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576648-washer_leak__top_loader

If the drain pump is leaking, it is not serviceable and must be replaced, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3794382-replacing_water_pump_whirlpool_top

Replacement parts (if required) may be purchased on line at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare.

Read through the instructions provided and let me know if you need further assistance. Please post back with a complete MODEL NUMBER so that I may be able to povide you with better assistance. I hope this help you.

NOTE: For future reference, if you would like to a have a complete repair manual for this model washer, Repairclinic.com has a one available for Whirlpool manufactured direct-drive washers (includes Kenmore) for about $20. The item number is 1170635.

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This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

See the section for the basket and tub assembly's

I'd pull the cabinet in order to get to the hoses going to and from the pump first.

See the following:

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131

If the hoses are fine, check the shaft from the motor to the pump and check inside the pump to make sure the inlet and outlet aren't blocked.

I'd also check the gaskets at the bottom of the tub.

If you're reasonably mechanically inclined, these are easy fixes.

If you have to get to the gaskets at the bottom of the tub, see the following for how to remove the agitators, pump, motor, transmission, spin tube and basket.

(It sounds a bit complicated but it's not really that difficult.)

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

You don't have to buy a special spanner wrench to remove the spanner nut. I've used a short 10" pipe wrench hooked over one of the tabs on the spanner nut, tap the handle with a hammer and it should loosen.

Also, don't directly hit the drive block with a hammer. Use a short piece of wood under the drive block and tap up on the wood.

As an aside, see the following Whirlpool Service Manual for top load direct drive washers.


https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

Depending on the problem (hoses or gasket) it's certainly less expensive than calling in a repair person.

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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