How to Fix Whirlpool Washing Machine Leaks

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How to Fix Whirlpool Washing Machine Leaks
There could be several reasons for a washing machine leak. (waschmaschine image by Stefan Häuselmann from

There are several reasons why your Whirlpool washing machine leaks. The problem could be in the hose, hose fittings, tub gasket or pump. Several repairs that you can make yourself may solve the problem, saving you from having to wait for an expensive service visit. Additionally, the lint filter may be clogged. Every washing machine has the lint filter in a different location and your owner's manual will include instructions for locating and unclogging the filter.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable pliers
  • Paper towel, or rag
  • Replacement hoses, if needed
  • Socket wrench, with extension
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety gloves
  • Hammer
  • Drift punch
  • Spanner wrench
  • Locking wrench
  • Propane torch, if needed
  • Replacement gasket, if needed
  • Soap
  • Replacement drain pump, if needed
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Loosen the couplings that attach the hoses to the washing machine, using an adjustable wrench. Unscrew the hoses from the washing machine.

  2. 2

    Clean out the hose fittings with a rag or paper towel. Replace the hoses if they are damaged.

  3. 3

    Screw the hoses back into place, tightening them with an adjustable wrench.

  1. 1

    Lift off or pry up the top of the agitator, exposing the stud and seal that holds it in place. Remove the stud and seal using a socket wrench with extension. Lift the agitator out of the washing machine. Your agitator may come in two parts, which can both be removed once the stud and seal are removed.

  2. 2

    Open the tabs on the splash guard that rests around the top of the tub, or pry off the metal clips with a screwdriver. Detach the splash guard.

  3. 3

    Remove the locknut in the tub's centre column (where the agitator rests) with a hammer and drift punch or a spanner wrench. Try not to hit the basket with the hammer while you work. Lift the basket up and out of the washing machine.

  4. 4

    Unclamp and remove the water-level air hose and drain hose from the tub using a locking wrench. Remove the springs at the bottom of the tub with a locking wrench.

  5. 5

    Lift the metal drive block off the top of the agitator shaft. If the block is stuck in place, heat it with a propane torch and tap upward on it with a hammer.

  6. 6

    Rock the tub side to side to work it loose and carefully pull it up and out of the machine.

  7. 7

    Squeeze the rubber gasket in the bottom of the tub and push it from the inside of the tub towards the outside. Push in the replacement gasket from the outside in.

  8. 8

    Lubricate the agitator shaft with soap and reassemble the washing machine by reversing the above steps.

  1. 1

    Remove the agitator, basket and tub following the steps above. Place a towel below the drain pump to catch water. Using a screwdriver, pry open the retaining clips that hold the drain pump in place. Pull the drain pump off of the motor shaft.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the hose clamps with pliers and slide the clamps up the hoses, away from the pump. Carefully twist the hoses off the pump. Replace the hoses if they appear damaged.

  3. 3

    Install the replacement pump and reassemble the washing machine by reversing the above steps.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cannot locate your owner's manual, it should be available directly from the manufacturer or online.
  • Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply before beginning any repairs.
  • Wear safety goggles and gloves when removing the locknut from the centre column of the washing machine tub, as well as when you remove the springs at the bottom of the washing machine tub.

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