Strang leak from washing machine

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by seemomgo, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. seemomgo

    seemomgo New Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    My whirlpool washer is 9 years old. It washes fine, but a few hours AFTER washing, there is a puddle of water on the floor under the washer - mostly toward the front end.
    The hoses and connections are fine...why would a leak show up so long after washing, and how do I repair it? I'd appreciate any replies as the Whirlpool customer service was of no help at all.

  2. jasonmcl

    jasonmcl New Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Sounds like the pump

    I had the same problem and it ended up being the pump. I replaced it myself for $40. Look for corrosion on the motor shaft connected to the pump to be sure.
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  4. keithdeanne

    keithdeanne New Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    could also be the mixing valve located on the top of the washing maching tub.
    It's a tiny plastic peice that looks like an cone and surrounded by a rubber sheath. the sheath could be your problem. after time it drys out and cracks and then leaks causing the puddle you are noticing.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    In some cases it can be the drain pipe overflowing and filling the wall, but then it takes a while before it can leak out.
  6. seemomgo

    seemomgo New Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    removed pump...

    I've gotten as far as opening up the washing machine...I removed the pump and water came flowing out when I disconnected the bottom hose (which connects to the drainage hose and out to the wall...sorry I don't know the technical terms for everything.) There was also a little bit of water in the pump as well.

    Does that sound like a pump problem or something else?
  7. Bob's HandyGuy

    Bob's HandyGuy Senior Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    You should have left all the parts intact and removed the cabinet. First, unplug the machine! Cabinet comes off easily by unsnapping the plastic covers each side of the console, screws at each side and bottom of the console, then prying off the the two retaining clips. Unplug the wires. Swivel the console back on it's hinges, tilt the cabinet forward and lift it off the pegs on the base. You can then observe where the leak is coming from. Front of the machine leak suggests the hose connections to the pump, or the pump itself is not sealed properly. I suggest you purchase a repair manual. This is a good site for washer repairs.
  8. Bob's HandyGuy

    Bob's HandyGuy Senior Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    Sorry, I didn't really answer your original questions. Water leaks after the machine is off because there is always some residual water left. That's why it must be winterized with RV anti-freeze if left in an unheated area.
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