Have a 10 year old Maytag top load washer that is leaking about two
quarts of water per wash load. Leak is not coming from input
hoses. So, I suspect a problem where the drain hose attaches.
At my age, it is hard to lay down on the floor to look under there
(and even harder to get back up), so I am wondering if there is any
problem with tipping the washer over on its side or tummy.
Advice appreciated - thanks.
You can tip it some with no damage, but that may not help.
Unless the design has changed, the front of the washer comes off easily. A
couple of screws on the bottom of the panel and pull the bottom out and it
will unhook on the top. That allows you to see t he pump and the
connections to the pump.
Ask the teenager next door to remove the screws for you. I have a similar
problem getting down there these days.
I had a similar leak on an old Maytag TL washer and it had nothing to do
with the drain. What I found was that there was a rubber fill nozzle
that had deteriorated and failed, and as a result *most* of the fill
water was going into the tub, but a small stream was running down on the
outside of the tub to the floor. It took about 5 minutes to improvise a
replacement which has been working fine for years now.
As suggested, you can try finding the panel to take off, or just take off
the hoses, unplug it, pull it out a bit, and tilt it back 45 degrees, being
sure to put a safety board in there. If you can get a look at the
underneath, the leak is usually obvious.
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We had an old Maytag, much older than yours, that began to leak. The
problem was rusted out seams in the upper part of the tub. Only when
full or splashing a lot did it leak. Since replaced.
Time to make friends with someone who has younger back and knees :o)
The older Maytags had a backflow preventer (a rubber thingine inside a
tube) over the edge of the tub that would go bad every 10 years or so
and dribble a little water out while filling., That may be the
Also, on the older Maytags you could pull off the front of the machine
by removing two screws near the bottom of the front panel. Servicing
those machines was a breeze compared to others I've worked on. Don't
know if the newer machines are the same (the old machines just keep
working, so I don't find out).
Thanks for all the info, most seems quite helpful. Especially
appreciate the web site with the slide instructions.
Haven't done anything, but will take a look this morning.
Hey, Thanks again to all.
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