Even though a leaky GE washing machine can be a hassle and costly to fix but it is typically solved with a bit of knowledge and simple tools. In this article, we’ll review the most common causes for the GE washing machine that leaks and provide step-by step instructions to fix the problem.
We’ve got you covered no matter if you are facing a minor leak or a major flood. By following the correct method it’s possible to fix leaky washing machine and be back to laundry in no time. Inspect the washer’s hoses in case it’s leaking. There are many types of hoses on the GE washing machine and the most commonly used are drain and fill hoses. How do you inspect the hoses that are on your GE washing machine:
- Begin by inspecting the connections at the back of the washing machine to ensure they are secure. Then verify that the leak is not being caused by a blockage in the home drain that is leaking through the standpipe.
- To examine the internal hoses of the washer, turn off the power supply. Then take out the cabinet.
- There are a variety of internal hoses. Most are connected to the tub. Make sure the hoses are free of cracks, abrasions or other damages.
- If you find a damaged hose(s), you will need GE replacement hose(s).
Pump Drain Pump often referred to as the water pump on GE washing machines, drains the water out of the tub. The pump may be belt driven direct drive, direct drive, or even an electric pump. How to examine your GE washing machine’s pump
- Disconnect the GE washing appliance from the power source before you begin.
- Remove the front panel or cabinet of your appliance and identify the pump(s).
- The pump will contain an outlet or drain hose and an outlet from the tub, and could also have an outlet for circulating hoses as well. Inspect the drain pump in case water is leaking from your GE washer. Check for indications of a loose or loose hose clamp or leaky hose connected to the pump first. If the leak originates from the pump, then you’ll need an upgrade to the GE pump.
Tub Cover Gasket
Tub Cover Gasket is found on front-load and top-load GE washers. It seals the tub’s outer tub with the tub cover. If you are experiencing water leaks during the spin or wash segments of the cycle then the tub cover gasket may be the problem. How to examine the gasket in the tub of the GE washing machine:
- Unplug the GE washer and take out the front or cabinet.
- Find the gasket for the tub cover. To get to the tub cover, you will likely need to pull it off.
- Examine the gasket for evidence of wear or damage, it is also important to look for evidence of leaks or soapy water stains on this region to help identify the problem.
- You will need a replacement GE tub cover gasket when your gasket is damaged or worn.
Water Inlet Valve:
This valve controls the flow of cold and hot water to the GE washing machines.
- How do you inspect your GE washing machines water inlet valve: Unplug the power source as well as the water supply to the machine prior to beginning.
- Remove the appliance’s rear panel, and then locate the water intake. It will likely be located behind the connection to the hose.
- After you have removed the valve from the washer, examine the valve’s screens to see if there are any accumulations or debris, removing anything you find. Use caution when doing so since the screens are not able to be replaced and if they become damaged you will have to replace the entire valve. Also, you should inspect the valve for any indications of wear, cracks, or damage.
- Using a multi-meter on Rx1 mode, connect probes over the valve’s terminals. The reading you should receive differs from model to model Check your owner’s manual for the correct reading for a functional valve will be.
- If you have a reading outside the recommended range, or if you see a reading of infinityor your valve appears to be damaged the valve will require replacement. GE replacement valve for water inlet.
Bellows or Door Boot Seals:
The bellows for the door or door boot seal is utilized in front load washers of GE to create a seal between the door and the tub’s exterior. Normal wear and tear could result in the bellows’ rubber parts to crack. Additionally, foreign objects could tear or rip the bellows and create an opening in the top of the GE washer. The bellows could be the reason your washer is leaking around the door.
- Connect the GE washer’s power source.
- Open the door and carefully inspect the bellows for signs of damage or dirt and buildup of detergent that might prevent a perfect seal to the door. Be aware that foreign objects can cause serious injuries and are usually hidden within the bellows ‘ folds.
- If you experience any of the symptoms above the GE replacement bellows.
Water Level Switch or Pressure Switch and Air Dome Tube:
If you’re GE washer leaks during the filling portion of the cycle, it may be overfilling. The water level switch is a pressure activated switch that determines the proper level of water in the tub. The water will fill the tub and pressurize the air inside, pressing against the diaphragm. The valve for water inlet will be controlled by the switch which will shut off the valve at the appropriate water level. How do you check the water level switch in your GE washing machine:
- Before you begin, make sure that you have disconnected the electricity from the washer because you’ll be dealing with electrical components.
- Find and remove your water level switch. The switch for water level is typically found in the back of the control panel. It will be connected to the tub via a hose, or air dome tube. This switch is found underneath the tub of GE washers with electronic controls.
- To find out if the switch is suffering from issues, first, remove the air dome hose. Check for evidence of cracks or worn areas in the hose. Immerse the hose in water and then remove it. Close the end by blowing air into one end and inspect for bubbles. Check for obstructions in the hose too.
- If the air dome hose seems to be working, then you may need an GE replacement water level switch.
Door Catch Door Catch:
The door catch of a front load GE washing machine is responsible for keeping the door shut tight during the cycle. The mechanism for locking the door will engage the hook or catch on the door and stop the door from being opened during the cycle. The door catch might be worn, but it can still keep the door locked. How do you inspect the door catch on a GE washing machine’s door catch:
- You might need to take the front panels off based on the model in order to be able to view the door catch. For other models, you can take off the screws that keep it in place. To get access to the front panel, you will need to unplug it before you begin.
- Visually inspect the door catch for damage, cracks damage, wear, or other foreign objects that may prevent it from closing properly.
- If you find any signs of wear or damage, you’ll need a GE replacement door catch.
Tub Seal or Boot Seal
Tub Seal or Boot Seal utilized on GE washing machine in order to prevent water from flowing between the basket shaft and the transmission shaft. A damaged seal can cause the tub’s main bearing to fail. It may start as a minor water leak. If your washer is leaking during the fill or agitation stage of the cycle it could be that the tub seal has been damaged and will need to be replaced. How to inspect the tub seal of the GE washing machine:
- To verify whether the tub seal is causing the leak, take off the front of your washing machine and allow the washer to fill normally with water. Be sure to inspect the area where your shaft for transmission is entering the tub to look for indications of leaks of water.
- On front load washers, removal of the rear access panel is required. Check for leaks of water from the weep holes in the rear bearing case. If you see any water leaking out of the weep holes that are located close to the housing housing for the rear bearing, it is time to get a new tub seal by GE.