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Okay, my first baby is due in about one month, and I'm planning on CDing. I know that a good washing machine is essential. I have a Kenmore washing machine that was there when DH and I bought our house a few years ago. It has served me well for a few years. I would guess that it is at least 15-20 years old.<br>
Anyhow, wouldn't you know it, just a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that when I did a load of clothes in hot water, the washing machine leaked a bit from the bottom. It just creates a small puddle of water that pools in front of one corner of the machine, so it's not causing major water damage or anything. It doesn't happen when I wash in cold or warm water. There is no water leaking from the hoses that lead into the washing machine that I can see, so it's not that. Any ideas why the machine is only leaking when I wash in hot, and what might be causing the leak? I know that I will need hot water for washing diapers--in fact, I've been putting off pre-washing my diapers while I figure out what is causing the machine to leak. My parents have offered to buy us a new washer, so I'm thinking it might be good to take them up on their offer! Any ideas about fixing this thing?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!<br>
Hannah<br>
edd 4/19/06
 

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I don't know a lot about washers, but I think for anything that old it probably makes more sense to just buy a new one. My FIL used to be a washer repairman, so I will run this by him when I see him next. But if you have someone willing to buy you a new one I would accept! You will be so grateful to have a good machine when you are doing diapers frequently!<br><br>
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My old washer started leaking intermitently like that. We tightened hoses, everything seemed fine and then it would happen again. We'd tighten and play around and it'd seem fine and then again...so on and so forth. It turned out this elbow shaped "thingy" (boy am I technical or what!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) was cracked and all at once it BURST and we had a mess! The new part was over $100 alone, let alone paying to get it fixed (DH isn't too handy) so we just bought a new washer.<br><br>
As for it only happening once in awhile, only thing we can think of is that we would move the washer to check things out and it would somehow "stick" back together.
 

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my first thought would be that the hot water connection needs to be tightened or that something is cracked like mentioned above. if it was ME, i would take mom up on the offer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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yeah, I would let my parents buy us a washer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> But I KNOW that my dh would fix it...spending money just kills him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Okay, I hate to suggest this and then have something in your washer burst like a PP said and you have a really big mess, but....<br><br>
Our washer started to leak about a year or so ago. DH took off the back panel and figured out where the leak was coming from -- something has rusted a little hole somewhere -- and determined that it isn't dangerous electricity-wise. We then went to one of the home stores (Home Depot, Lowe's, somewhere) and bought this huge, square plastic tray that is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">made</span> to fit under an appliance. (Hmm... this is a common enough problem that there's an actual product for this?!) I think it was around $20. This kept it from making a mess all over the floor, and since it was a small, slow leak (which it sounds like yours is, too) it isn't like the tray fills up or anything. I have to admit, if I do a lot of laundry in a short time, the tray will get enough water in it that it can't evaporate fast enough and it does start to look kind of gross. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> But, it saved us from having to replace our washer yet.<br><br>
However, if my parents offered to replace it, I would take them up on their offer.<br><br>
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I have a new washing machine on the way! I went out with my mom and we picked out a Fisher-Paykel. It's a top-loader but is supposed to be as energy efficient as a front loader. Now we just have to figure out how it will go down the basement stairs. I think we'll have to temporarily remove the railing on the stairs.<br>
Jennifer-Juniper, you're right, we could get away with putting a tray under the machine to catch the small amount of water that is leaking. I'm glad that I won't have to worry about that for much longer!
 
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