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Sunday, June 06, 2004
I currently own an Amana washer, model no. LWA10AW. A few months ago it started leaking about 2-3 cups of water. It has started to shake while it is in the spen cycle and continuley gotten worse. I figure it could be a pump or hose for the leak. Was curious if it might be the balance or belt causing the shake. It sounds like there are about 4 pairs of shoes in it.
Start by removing the front panel to see where the leak is coming from. Then, pray to Allah, who is compassionate and merciful, that it's just a leaking hose because if'n it ain't, start practicing yoga so you can kiss your sweet derriere goodbye.
If the tub seal is leaking, you'll need to replace the hub and seal kit on this puppy. I hope you enjoy spending hours on end in a dark, damp basement, breaking apart old parts fused together by years of corrosion while another glorious summer day gallops by outside, leaving you more pallid and one day closer to the bed pan. Time and pain--that's what awaits you in this repair journey to Hell, Budrow. And there's a fair chance that this will be a one-way trip, too, since your hours of weeping and gnashing of teeth may not result in a successful repair. How much time and pain? Let's just say that it's off the scale on the SUDS-o-meter. This is one of those jobs that makes even crusty old appliance warriors wet themselves and pretend they have a bad phone connection when they get a call for one of these jobs.
Ahh, Grasshopper, let this be your wakeup call. But if, after reading my wise admonitions, you think you have the cohonas for this job, then here are a couple resources that'll hepya:
Do you hear your phone ringing yet?
I had the same problem, and you do not exaggerate the nature of the fix. I've got the seal tore out now, but it was far from easy. Things got easier after I found your fixitnow.com site, but getting the nut off the drive shelf took a lot of pounding in tight drum quarters. Getting the hub off was even worse. I tried prying with even pressure on both sides, but ended up cracking a piece off one of the eight year old brittle sides. Next I bought a two arm gear puller at the local Ace for $6.47, and it pulled hard and broke. I refurbished it and tried again but it just stripped the treads on the cheap thing. I came with a lifetime guaranty, so I took it back for the replacement. Using the replacement gear puller produced more cracked of pieces of the hub, until finally all that was left was the solid circle of the middle of the hub. The inexpensive gear puller put this off rather easily.
Ken, Any luck finding a replacement sealant?
If I were to walk through the valley of the shadow of death to do this repair, I'll be damned if I'm gonna potentially screw it up because I wanted to save a buck two-eighty on the sealant!
I found the 3M 800 Industrial Sealant online at Hillas Packaging, Inc. for $7.40/tube.
Amana outer tub manufacturer update?
I too have an LWA50AW that has rust damage. It broke a spring and the extended service contract wont pay for repairs on the cabinet or springs. I paid $200 for the extended warrenty. Do you think it would be worth $150 to buy a new base and cabinet to replace hte rusted out ones?
The water level sensor is the control that has a knob attached to it that's marked "Water Level High Med Low." Open the panel and you'll see an air tube attached to it. the contacts inside the sensor switch when the pressure in the tube increases-- you can simulate this by applying some good old fashioned blow hard to the tube and using your meter to check continuity at the appropriate contacts on the pressure sensor. The wiring diagram is essential for this.
We have same Amana washer and recently had belt to break. Since repair, washer is leaking 1-2 cups of water. Could this be related? Recommendations on repair vs. replacement. Loved washer until this month.
Probably not related but probably IS a leaking hub seal-- very difficult repair on this washer.
I'm having problems with our LWA50AW washer. It appears to be leaking only on the spin cycle out of the bottom of the tub. How hard is it to change this seal and is it worth the time?
Are these really not worth repair? I bought the Amana because of the stainless steel tubs, and really like the matching washer and dryer. Mine is 15 years old, and maybe is starting to leak? Is there a reapir shop out there that would fix this? Thanks, Bill
Helpful site. Looks like I have a leaking tub seal. My Amana LWA80AW started leaking a little sometime within the first 4 years because when I moved there were rust stains on the floor. The next house the leaking was intermittent but gradually worsened. Now in the third house (washer is now 9 years old) it leaks like a sieve. I am single so don't have tons of laundry with which to abuse the washer. I had hoped this washer would serve me better than it did.
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