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Oil on floor under washer

Older model GE top load washer, with oil under it. Is the problem a costly one to repair. Should I replace washer?
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  • Felt Mar 24, 2008

    Will take you advice, thanks so much for saving us some money.

    You suggested Whirlpool, what about Maytag or LG?

    Thanks

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Thank tou very much you were of great help.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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Oil is generally not a good sign. It means that the tranny seal is blown OR it means that the tub seal is bad which allows water to enter the tranny (water is heavier than oil... if water gets into the tranny it will displace the oil and force the oil out)

This being a GE? I'd wager that a tranny job is in order. If the machine is less than 5 years old it's under warranty so you'd call GE at 1-800-GE CARES. If it's more than 5 years old? Your washer is no more than a boat anchor. Get a new washer, preferably a Whirlpool. The repair cost for a new tranny will out-weigh the value of the machine.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 23, 2008

  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell Mar 27, 2008

    Felt,

    Up until a couple of years ago, Maytag was actually "Maytag". Whirlpool bought them in October of '05, so all the new Maytags are actually Whirlpool machines.

    LG's are good until they break down. Servicers are, by and large, staying away from them because LG isn't making their parts available and tech support is impossible.

    So, until things change in the market Whirlpool is, in my opinion, still the best way to go.

    (Sorry to have given you the bad news about you GE, though)

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