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GE Top-loader Leaks Water from Vert Tube Behind Tub on X-Large Loads

I actually have a WJXR2080T2WW model GE (3 controls/1 master - 8 Cycle 2 Speed), it's about 12 -13 yrs old. It just recently started leaking some water, mostly on X-Large Water selections, a little on Medium load and I believe it's coming from a Vertical cream opaque tube that's to the rear almost behind the washing tub on the left side. I don't know what this tube is for, it starts somewhere at the top of the machine (can't see it) and runs down to near the bottom of the washer chassis and then has a short 90 degree curve to an opening. No hose is connected to the bottom open end.

When we've had water on the floor after a cycle, this is the only place that there is water dripping from. None under the tub or the water pump. It does seem that the water level is a bit higher than normal on the X-large loads, but I can't be sure, not recalling what it looked like before. Medium loads water level appears normal, and we still get a bit of water on the floor from under the machine.

Would appreciate any educated fix-it experience or clues as to what the problem is and how to fix the problem.


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  • ksbrcupofjaz Jun 24, 2008

    Guess you didn't read my initial disclosure of the symptoms close enough. I was very specific about where the water is coming from and only during certain wash cycles - Small and large loads. I appreciate your suggestions, but they don't fit the circumstances that I outlined.




    I believe it has to do with how much water is being metered out (too much) by a mechanism in the washer. As if it's supplying too much water; but not knowing what does what behind the GE front panel or in the belly of the beast, I'm not about to start buying everything to replace. So I need someone knowledgeable specifically on this era and model series washer, and not some generic advice.


    Anyone out there KNOW the WJXR2080T2WW model GE washers and understand this problem? What has gone bad and where do I buy it.

  • porkster89 Nov 08, 2008

    I have same problem exactly. Turns out it is the white plastic triangle thing that houses a small white hose. It is called the hose and water inlet part number wh41x10078- now i just have to figure out how to put it on!

  • handygrrl Feb 16, 2009

    I had this same problem, I have a GE S2100 (top loading). In my case, the problem was a clogged flexible clear tube that runs from the side of the tub to the pressure switch in the electronics area by the dials in the top. The tube was partially clogged with some sort of slimy brownish goo (algae? Slime mold? Does it matter?). Due to this clog, the pressure switch was delayed in shutting off, thereby overfilling the tub. Once the machine started running with too much water, the water was sloshed into the overflow tube, (that white opaque tube from the tub that goes down the back of the tub has a 90 degree bend and then ends) and then out the bottom of the machine and all over the floor.

    All I had to do was disconnect the tube at the pressure switch, disconnect the other end where it attached to the tub and blow into it (with my mouth--into the much cleaner pressure switch end!) to clear the clog (actually, I also used a bobby pin to scoop out the goo). Then I reattached everything and my washer no longer over-filled or over-flowed.

    If you have the same problem and find that the tube isn't blocked, your pressure switch might be bad. Or the tube might be stretched or have a hole allowing air to leak in.These will cause the tub to be overfilled also.

    If you disconnect your air pressure tube, make sure the tub is empty when you reconnect everything. If there's water in the tub, you'll get water in the tube and mess up the air pressure and the switch still won't work right.

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Your washer can develop several types of leaks. You can track down a leak based on when it occurs:

During fill only
During drain and spin only
All the time
During fill only If the washer leaks only during the fill cycle, check these:

  • Air-gap device -The air gap is a small device found on most washers that prevents the wash water from being siphoned into the household water supply. It's located either mid-way along or at the end of the black rubber hose that comes from the water-inlet valve. Often it's made of translucent plastic. If one of the air-gap components deforms or cracks, you may need to replace it.

  • The tube -There's a rubber tube that runs between the water-inlet valve and either the air-gap or the inlet spout. If it cracks or breaks, it can cause a leak.

  • Inlet spout -Most washers have a plastic spout near the top of the main clothes tub that directs the water into the tub. If the spout cracks or breaks free of its mounting, it can cause a leak.

During drain and spin only A washer that leaks only during the spin cycle often has a leak in the main drain hose. Inspect the entire hose and correct any problem you find. Alternatively, the steel or plastic outer tubs can rust, split, or be punctured. This may be most visible during large loads and high water levels. If this happens, you may have to replace the entire outer tub--but that may not be an economical repair to make. Consult a qualified appliance repair technician for further details.

All the time If the washer leaks all the time, check these:

  • Hot and cold water fill hoses - Check the hot and cold water hoses from the household plumbing. If either hose is leaking, tighten it or replace it, as appropriate.

  • Main tub seal - The main tub seal is located between the transmission and the outer tub. It's the primary water seal in the outer tub for the transmission-shaft entry point. If this seal leaks, you can see the leak by opening up the machine's main access panel while the machine is full of water with a small amount of detergent in it. The leak appears at the underside of the outer tub, at or near the center. This seal is difficult to replace. You probably should call a qualified appliance repair technician.

  • Pump - If the pump leaks, you can probably spot the leak when the tub is full of water. The pump has two or more black rubber or plastic hoses attached to it and usually has a drive belt that spins the pump. If the pump is leaking, you need to replace it.

  • Outer tub - Over time, the steel or plastic outer tubs can rust, split, or be punctured. If this happens, you may have to replace the entire outer tub--but that may not be an economical repair to make. Consult a qualified appliance repair technician for further details
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    David Emmel Jun 25, 2008

    Sir,



    Thank you for the very kind rating on my job performance.The information that I provided came from an all-brands service technician guru, who has been very kind and unselfish to provide, at no charge, the parts and information technology, to assist a novice technician. Also, this advice is for all G.E. models, as the design is universal for all models, when it comes to the mechanical designs.



    It appears that your issue is unique and disimilar, as taken from your critique, since the advice did not appropriate your issue. I apologize for not recognizing that you are far more advanced than a novice status technician.



    If you clicked on any of the links provided in the text, it should have taken you to the exact place to find further information on your specific model.



    Fixya.com also, unselfishly, offers the same free advice and information given by volunteer technicians. If you desire guaranteed complete and total satisfaction, we offer a premium 1 on1 service option that will leave no doubt about your particular issue.



    Hopefully you will find someone who has experienced and can resolve the issue that you have so definitively described.



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it sounds like the basket is not locked when it is agitating, if so the water will climb the wall during the wash cycle and leak out of the overflow (which is the plastic tube you described). if this is the case, it is a transmission brake problem. it can be fixed by a professional, but you might want to look into buying a new machine.

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