My Whirlpool WFW8310sw2 is leaking water during the rinse and spin cycles. After opening the bottom panel, I noticed that the water was coming around the cement. After tracing it, I found out that it is...
Hello, W/D here.
If you washer is still in warranty, you should let the company make it right.
If not, you can make repairs yourself. First, determine why the leak occurred. One common problem is a loose or damaged counterweight. If loose, it will need to be tightened up. I have seen a counterweight that was pre-stressed, with a rod between the mounting points that had broken, allowing the counterweight to hit the strainer. This can be repaired by replacing the counterweight part, or by strongbacking with aluminum, and epoxying the weight back into a solid mass. Epoxy also is useful for repairing cracks in tubs. I roughen up the area to be epoxied and apply fiberglass mesh (the self adhesive wallboard tape) to the area, and then applying J-B weld. I've never had a repair like this break. For your repair, I would recommend that you build the joint up well, with layers of the fiberglass tape and epoxy, and feather the repair out onto the drum surface area several inches. The fiberglass tape can be cut into strips and applied like a bandage, if you need to make wraps. Overlapping the joint of the tape pieces contributes to the overall integrity of the repair. Just don't put down so much tape at one time that the epoxy can't get to the surface of the drum. Several layers, with curing time in between applications is the best way to go. Depending on where the crack is, the repair is easier to apply if the surface is more horizontal than vertical as the epoxy tends to try to run until it sets, so try to place the washer in a good position, if possible. Removing the tub may make this easier for you, but it isn't critical. If you DO remove the tub, make a similar epoxy repair from the inside of the tub, if possible. This will provide greater strength and sealing.
Hope this gives you better options, --W/D--
Feb 11, 2011 |