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NFT: Help with a mystery leaking washing machine

Bold Ruler : Mod : 5/22/2020 12:29 pm
Guys, I'm baffled. We have an older front loading Frigidaire washing machine. Haven't had any issues. Today while in basement I noticed a good deal of water under the washer and dryer. I mopped it up and in a five gallon bucket maybe had 2 inches of clear water, not soapy...checked the hoses, connections, waste water hose etc... All were dry. I then set it do to do an empty quick wash. And no water on ground. I'm baffled.

BBI knows everything. Someone have an idea for a clueless appliance guy like me?
On my unit  
ron mexico : 5/22/2020 12:32 pm : link
There is a filter on the waste water line, accessible by a panel in the front. That could be clogged up.
RE: On my unit  
bigbluehoya : 5/22/2020 12:33 pm : link
In comment 14908853 ron mexico said:
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There is a filter on the waste water line, accessible by a panel in the front. That could be clogged up.


Good idea to check and empty/clean that thing 1x per month or so, issues or not.
other utilities nearby?  
giants#1 : 5/22/2020 12:35 pm : link
Unlikely, but possible the floor slopes towards the washer/dryer and something else is leaking and accumulating there.

Have kids/pets? 2 inches in a 5 gal bucket isn't much, maybe one was marking their territory?
Just because you found it under the washer doesn't mean it  
oghwga : 5/22/2020 12:48 pm : link
Came from the washer.

Run a box fan to dry everything off even after it appears dry.

Pull the washer out look behind it. Look at the wall.

Put some diapers down. Either paper towels or newspaper single sheets. See when and where they get wet. They will be your indicator.

Hopefully you already have metal jacketed hoses on your washer.

If you're nervous, buy a water frog. $10 battery operated put it on the floor if it gets wet it will scream at you.
RE: RE: On my unit  
Bold Ruler : Mod : 5/22/2020 12:56 pm : link
In comment 14908855 bigbluehoya said:
Quote:
In comment 14908853 ron mexico said:


Quote:


There is a filter on the waste water line, accessible by a panel in the front. That could be clogged up.



Good idea to check and empty/clean that thing 1x per month or so, issues or not.


Right on guys. Thanks!
My machine had a bottom panel  
GiantsLaw : 5/22/2020 12:59 pm : link
that just became loose/damaged over time. If there's any separation, you will get water. Not a lot of water, but enough to damage floors etc.
where does it drain?  
cjd2404 : 5/22/2020 1:21 pm : link
I've had that hose come loose for one reason or another and got water on the floor. Or if it is clogged it might back up and over
Same as post above this one  
elpeces : 5/22/2020 1:47 pm : link
The drain hose came out from the pvc behind washer and drained on the concrete from behind the washer. I just had to put the hose back into the pvc and never had another issue.
I dont see any water from the drain pipe itself or the water lines  
Bold Ruler : Mod : 5/22/2020 2:03 pm : link
Seems to be coming from under the machine. I cleaned out the filter for the drain line. Maybe that will help.
Leaky old washer?  
Jim in Fairfax : 5/22/2020 2:07 pm : link
Take her to a urologist.
I don't have a front loader  
steve in ky : 5/22/2020 2:09 pm : link
But I could see the seal around the door being a possible cause. Does it have a rubber gasket or something around it? Possibly a small crack or if soap residue has built up on it possibly just needing cleaning to get a better seal.
You should  
JesseS : 5/22/2020 11:54 pm : link
write the mysteries down, at least - maybe try and get a book deal out of them.
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