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Leak As I was filling up the washer, it started to leak from the bottom. Definately nothing from the hoses in the back. Is there any inexpensive fix or a new washer? Never had any problems with it at all. Thanks.

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  • bmoran Sep 08, 2007

    It was actually a hole in the tub. Thanks for responding.


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Did it start to leak immediately? Or, did it start to leak as it filled about 1/3 of the way? You could have a loose air dome hose. This is the air hose that connects to the pressure switch. One end is connected to the switch and the other end is connected somewhere on the side of the wash tub near the bottom. If it came loose, this will cause a sudden leak. Check along the side of the wash tub (usually the right hand side on Kenmore) and see if the air hose is hanging free. If it is, reconnect it and your problem should be solved. Sometimes the hose will stretch over time and will not fit tightly anymore. There should be enough slack that will allow you to cut about 1/2" off the end and reattach. This will give you a more snug fit. This is about as inexpensive a fix that you can get.

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