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Dryer leaking water

Common reasons your dryer leaking water

The most common reasons your dryer is leaking water are an open heating element, defective electronic control board or a faulty condensate drain pump.

  • 42%

    42% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 16%

    16% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Condensate Drain Pump

  • 29%

    29% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dryer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dryer parts may fix your problem.

    Heating Element Replacement

    If water is leaking from your condensing or ventless dryer, it might be due to an open heating element. In a condensing dryer, the electronic control board will detect this issue and usually stop all dryer functions. Consequently, the drain pump won't receive power from the control board to drain condensate water. If you notice water leakage, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect and repair your dryer.


    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If water is leaking from your condensing or ventless dryer, it's possible that a faulty electronic control board is not sending electric current to the drain pump motor. A malfunctioning relay on the control board may hinder the flow of current to the drain pump, preventing it from draining condensate. Additionally, internal issues with the control board's logic could impede its ability to detect dryer conditions. If you observe water leakage, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert inspect and resolve the issue.

    Condensate Drain Pump Replacement

    If water is leaking from a condensing or ventless dryer, the issue might stem from a cracked or malfunctioning condensate drain pump. This pump is responsible for directing water from the dryer to the house drain while in operation. Any crack in the pump body or a compromised seal could lead to water seeping out of the dryer cabinet. It's recommended to have a Sears Home Services Appliance Technician inspect the dryer if water leakage occurs from the bottom. If the condensate drain pump is found to be cracked, worn, or faulty, the technician will replace it accordingly.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer leaking water issue

    How is a leaking water problem in a ventless dryer fixed?

    Repairing most instances of water leakage typically entails replacing either the heating element, electronic control board, or condensate drain pump. Nevertheless, since there could be various underlying causes, a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the issue effectively. An accurate assessment is fundamental for determining the extent and cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for fixing a ventless dryer that is leaking water

    When your dryer is leaking water, there could be several causes behind it. To prevent replacing parts unnecessarily, we advise having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact issue. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing various types of dryer malfunctions.

    What a dryer leaking water diagnosis looks like

    Identifying issues with modern appliances without the right expertise can be challenging. Trying to solve problems without using the correct diagnostic methods often leads to replacing parts without certainty. In the past decade, appliances have advanced significantly, with many now featuring complex electronic components that are hard to assess. As a result, do-it-yourself repairs on the latest models are becoming more challenging.

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