I have a three year old Maytag Washer which developed a water leak.
After removing the front panel, I tracked the leak to a vertical crack
on the plastic outer tub. Can this be fixed with some type of epoxy or
should I just buy a new washer? Thx
What is the model number. There was a recall on Maytag MAH9700 models.
Even if that is not yours, I think it would be worth a call to the company
before replacing a machine that is only three years old.
The epoxy will just fall apart after a few cycles, especially if you
use a strong detergent like Tide. (I know this from experience, sigh.)
I would contact Maytag and complain about this---a three-year old
washer should not be giving you this sort of trouble. I am in the
process of getting rid of my Maytag, which lasted 10 years but in the
meantime gave me nothing but grief. The company has gone downhill IMO,
and I won't buy Maytag again.
You need to identify the plastic: www.urethanesupply.com/identify.html
This web site also has extensive information about repairing plastics
Epoxy rarely works well on plastic, except for bakelite and polyester,
and your tub is definitely not made of either. With many types of
plastic can be repaired well only with solvent or heat welding.
It's been a little over a year since I was selling Maytag washers, but I
believe the outer tub was warranteed for something like 10yrs at least. Of
course the labor on Maytag was only covered like two years, I believe.
I fixed a 3 inch hole in a Maytag outer tub using a "Water Weld" product
manufactured by J B Weld. Found it at a major Auto Parts Store. It's a
putty that hardens like and permanently seals like a weld. It adheres to
wet surfaces and hardens in 20 minutes. It can be used to permanently
seal gas tanks, transmission leaks and water tanks. I had to fabricate a
patch to fit the shape of the tub and cover the hole, it adhered to the
plastic tub and hasn't leaked a drop since. The repair cost me a very
small fraction of the cost replacing the outer tub.
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