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Leaking My washer has been making a sound like ball bearings rolling around. Today it flooded my house. I'm not sure where the water is coming from. It sounds like it's below the washer. It is only 2 1/2 yrs old.

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Flooding like that usually means a bad drain hose or bad hose connection either at the bottom of the basket or at the drain pump. Need to check both.

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