A leaking Kenmore washing machine can be an aggravating and expensive problem to address however, it’s usually an issue that can be repaired with just a bit of knowledge and a handful of simple tools.
In this article, we will look at the main causes of a leaky washing machine from Kenmore and give step-by-step instructions on how to fix the problem. Whether you’re dealing with a small leak or a major flooding issue, we’ve got it covered. With the right method you can repair a leaking washer and get back to laundry in just a few minutes. Examine the washer’s hoses to determine if it’s leaking. There are various types of hoses that are found on a Kenmore washing machine. The most common are the drain and fill hoses. How to check the hoses on your Kenmore washing machine:
- To make sure they’re secured, examine connections at the back. Next, verify that there is no obstruction to the drain.
- To examine the internal hoses of the washer, turn off the power supply and take out the cabinet.
- A variety of internal hoses are connected to tubs. Examine the hoses for cracks, abrasions , or other damage.
- If you notice a damaged hose(s) that is damaged, you’ll require a Kenmore replacement hose(s).
The water pump or drain pump is a component on a Kenmore washing machine that drains water from the tub. The pump can be either belt driven direct drive, direct drive, or even an electric pump. Before you start making connections
- Unplug your Kenmore washing machines from power sources.
- Take out the front or cabinet of the appliance. Locate your pump(s).
- A drain outlet or pipe will be provided through the pump. It may also have an inlet to your tub. There might also be an outlet with a circulation. If water has started to leak out of the Kenmore washer during a wash or drain cycle, look at the location of the drain pump. Check for signs of a loose hose clamp or a leaky or damaged connection to the pump first. If the leak is coming from the pump, you’ll require an exchange Kenmore pump.
Tub Cover Gasket
The tub cover gasket used on front and top load Kenmore washers is used to form a seal between the tub’s exterior and the tub cover. If you’re experiencing water leaks during the wash or spin segments of the cycle it is likely that the gasket for the tub could be the culprit. How to examine the tub cover gasket of the Kenmore washing machine:
- Unplug the Kenmore washing machine and take off the front panel or cabinet.
- Find the gasket of the tub cover. It’s likely you’ll need remove the tub cover to access it.
- Check the gasket for indications of wear or damage, it is also important to look for signs of water leaking or soapy water staining in the area to aid in diagnosing the problem.
- It is necessary to replace the Kenmore gasket for the tub cover when your gasket is damaged or worn.
Water Inlet Valve
This valve controls the flow of hot and cold water to the Kenmore washing machines. How do you check the Kenmore washing machine’s water intake valve:
- Disconnect the power source and the water supply to the machine prior to beginning.
- Remove the rear panel, and then locate the water intake. It’s likely to be directly behind the hose connections.
- Remove the valve from the washer, and then inspect the screens for debris or buildups. Be cautious when doing this because the screens can’t be replaced and if they break, you’ll have to replace the entire valve. It is also recommended to inspect the valve for indications of cracking, wear, or damage.
- Using a multimeter set in Rx1 mode, insert probes at the terminals of the valve. The reading you should receive varies from model to model Check your user’s manual to find out what the recommended reading for a functioning valve should be. If you see the reading isn’t within the range recommended or if the valve has been damaged, you’ll require an Kenmore replacement valve.
Bellows or Door Boot Seals
The door bellows or door boot seal is used on front load Kenmore washers to secure the door and the outer tub. Normal wear and tear may cause the bellows made of rubber to crack, and foreign objects could cut or tear the bellows, causing a leak at the top of the Kenmore washer. If your washer seems to be leaking around the door area, then it is possible that the bellows might be the cause. How to inspect the bellows in a washing machine:
- Disconnect your Kenmore washer from the source of power.
- Check the door for damage, dirt or buildup. Be cautious as foreign objects with sharp edges that could cause tears, are often found in the folds the bellows, and could pose a hazard.
- If you find any of the symptoms above the Kenmore replacement bellows.
Water Level Switch, Pressure Switch and Air Dome Tub:
The leaky Kenmore washer can result from overfilling. The water level switch, which is activated through pressure serves to adjust the level of the water within the tub. As the water fills in the tub it will compress the air in the tube and push it against the diaphragm of the switch. The switch controls the water inlet valve and close the valve at the right level of water. How do you inspect the water level switch in your Kenmore washing machine:
- As you are going to work with electrical components, be sure you have turned off the power source for your washer.
- Find and remove your water level switch. It is normally found behind the control panel . It is usually equipped with a hose or an air dome tube which connects the tub. For Kenmore washers that are equipped with an electronic control, the switch could be situated in the sump below the tub.
- To check if the switch has issues, first, remove the air dome hose. Examine for indications of cracks or worn areas on the hose. In the water, submerge the hose and then take it off.
- Secure one end, then blow air through the other, and then look for bubbles. Also, look for any obstructions in the hose. If the air dome hose is clean, you may require a new water level switch from Kenmore.
The front-load Kenmore washer’s doors catch is responsible for locking the door during the washing cycle. The door locking mechanism is designed to secure the door catch or hook to stop it from opening in the process. The door catch may wear out, but will still lock the door. How do you inspect the door catch of the Kenmore washer:
- You might have to remove the front panel off based on the model you have to be able to see the door catch. In other cases, you could just remove the screws that keep it in place. For access to the front of the panel, it is necessary disconnect the plug before you begin.
- Take a look at the door’s catch for cracks, discoloration, wear, damage, or any foreign objects that might stop it from closing properly.
- You’ll need a new Kenmore door catch when you see any wear or damage.
Tub Seal or Boot Seal:
A tub seal is utilized on Kenmore washing machine in order to prevent water from flowing between the basket shaft and transmission shaft. A leaky seal can cause the main tub bearing to fail. It could begin with a tiny water leak. The tub seal might be damaged and require to be repaired if the washer leaks during fill or the agitation. You can inspect the tub seal of a Kenmore washing-machine by following these steps:
- Take off the front panel of your washer and allow it to fill up with water as usual. Examine the area where the shaft for transmission is entering the tub for signs of a leaking water source.
- Access panels for the rear must be removed from front load washers. Look for signs of water leaking through the weep holes near the rear bearing case. If you find any leaks of water from the weep holes near the housing housing for the rear bearing, you’ll require a replacement tub seal by Kenmore.