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GE washer leaking from bottom

Common reasons your GE washer is leaking from bottom

The most common reasons your GE washer is leaking from bottom are a clogged water valve assembly, broken motor or a cracked drain hose.

  • 61%

    61% of the time it's the
    Water Valve Assembly

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Motor

  • 11%

    11% of the time it's the
    Drain Hose

  • 16%

    16% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a GE washer

    Water Valve Assembly Replacement

    The water valve assembly controls water flow into the washer. A clogged water valve inlet screen will prevent the wash tub from filling with hot water, cold water or both. Electrical failures in the valve may also prevent the valve from opening to allow water into the tub. The valve connects your home’s water supply to the washer. A faulty valve may begin leaking into the tub or around the connections to the water supply hoses. If you suspect a faulty water valve assembly, have a Sears Home Services professional inspect the washer and replace the valve if needed.


    Motor Replacement

    A broken washer motor will prevent the spin basket from rotating or agitating, and can also cause a variety of other issues that affect the washer’s ability to function properly. Signs that the motor is wearing out include unusual noises during operation, such as grinding or squealing sounds. The washer may also exhibit erratic spinning or agitation, with clothes not being properly rinsed or still soaking wet after the spin cycle. Additionally, a worn-out motor may lead to the washer not completing its cycles, stopping abruptly, or not starting at all. Burnt smells or overheating around the motor area can be indicative of internal problems. In some cases, visible damage to the motor itself may be apparent.

    Drain Hose Replacement

    A cracked washer drain hose produces leaks, and if the crack is small it can often go undetected until water is seen pooling around the bottom of the washer. Additionally, a cracked hose may also collapse, preventing water from efficiently draining from the tub. Water may accumulate inside the drum, resulting in prolonged washing cycles. If you suspect your washer drain hose is cracked, have it replaced by a Sears Home Services professional

    What to expect when you experience a GE washer leaking from bottom issue

    How is the leaking from bottom problem fixed?

    Correcting most leaking from bottom problems usually involves replacing the water valve assembly, motor or drain hose. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a washer that is leaking from bottom

    When the washer is leaking from bottom it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of washer failures.

    What to look out for with a washer leaking from bottom diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your washer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

    Troubleshooting a GE Washer Leaking Water

    When you see your GE washer leaking water, you’ll need to take action fast to avoid damaging flooring and walls in your laundry room.

    Check to see if the tub has overfilled and is overflowing. If the tub overflowed, a water valve could be stuck open. Shut off the hot and cold water supply valves behind the washer to stop the water flow. Unplug the washer and bail some water out of the tub to prevent continued leaking. Soak up water off the laundry room floor using a wet/dry shop vacuum and towels. After soaking up the water, you can plug the washer back in and run a drain cycle to drain water out of the tub.

    To determine which water valve is leaking, unplug the washer to completely disconnect power and then open the cold water valve to see if the washer fills. If it does, then you know that the cold water valve is leaking and will need to be replaced.

    If the cold water valve doesn’t leak, shut the cold water valve and open the hot water supply valve. If the washing machine begins filling because the hot water valve is stuck open, you’ll need to replace the hot water inlet valve.

    In some GE washers, the hot and cold valves are only available as an assembly.

    Schedule washer repair service to have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and replace a leaking inlet water valve when your GE washer is leaking water.

    Why is my GE Washer Leaking Water from Bottom?

    If you find your GE washer leaking water from the bottom, try to end the cycle and drain water out of the washer using a Drain & Spin cycle if you’re able to safely operate the washer without standing in water. If the cycle is already finished and clothes inside the washer are spun dry, unplug the washer and remove the clothes.

    With the tub drained and empty, the washer shouldn’t leak any more. You can clean up the water using a wet/dry shop vacuum, mop and towels.

    If the washer continues leaking after stopping the cycle and unplugging the power cord, shut off the water supply faucets behind the washer to prevent continued leaking.

    The cause of a GE washer leaking from bottom could be:

    • Clogged house washer drain or standpipe.
    • Leaking drain hose.
    • Leaking fill hose.
    • Inlet water fill valve stuck open and overfilling the tub.
    • Leaking drain pump.
    • Leaking tub seal.
    • Damaged door boot on a front-load washer.
    • Cracked washer tub.

    With so many possible causes of a GE washer leaking from the bottom, it’s best to schedule washer service and have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and fix the leaking washer.

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