Mailbag: Amana Washer Leaks

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on June 6, 2004

in Washer Repair

Scott wrote:

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.

Thank You for your time,
Scott

P.s. It would be great if you could get back to me tonight before 12est, If not thank you again

or call me between 9-11am tomm at 765-832-XXXX

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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:

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken August 14, 2004 at 5:42 pm

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.

Now Im set to buy parts, but when I went to Repairclinic.com, it seems to suggest we pull and other drum and replace the Bearing assembly for tub. Do you deem this necessary for and eight year old machine? Also do I really need to pay $22.70 for a 5 oz. tube of 3M Scotch-Seal 800 Industrial Sealant, or is there a less expensive sealant that will work as good?

Great Site I will wait for your reply..

Thanks in advance!!

Anonymous February 15, 2005 at 5:28 pm

Ken, Any luck finding a replacement sealant?
I am at the stage of hub is in many pieces, but still not coming off.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man April 11, 2005 at 8:57 pm

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!

IMO, anything 3M makes is the best stuff available.

Use the good stuff.

Scotty July 8, 2005 at 11:43 am

I found the 3M 800 Industrial Sealant online at Hillas Packaging, Inc. for $7.40/tube.

http://www.hillas.com/Adwards.asp?Item=5321

Scotty

DesertRat August 28, 2005 at 8:30 pm

Amana outer tub manufacturer update?
I have an LWA50AW tall tub purchaced 3-1999, looks like same design as LWA10AW only deeper. Shortly after purchacing it I had a balance problem when it was at high water level. The drum leaned twoard the front. The machine was level and of course the water was level (something I had to explain to the maytag repair man, guess he had been getting a little lazy and forgot some basic physics, not meaning to discredit him but hey! I suspectede something likethe module springs to have been defective.
To my suprise he said that there was an update that needed to be done because there had been problems with the outer steel tub not coated correctly and it may rust inside and cause rust spots on our clothes.
A couple weeks later he showed up with a new outer tub and to my horror I watched while he completley tore down the washer and replaced the tub, I dont remember him replacing gaskets or seals but then I couldnt watch for the full 5 hours he spent on it. I was very glad it worked after all that work. He said he switched the springs and everything was fine, until a week ago and just a few months out of 60 month warranty on most parts, then the MALfunction last weekend, my wife did a small load and upon opening the washer thw whole assembly was leaning to the side. I promptly removed the front cover and the front left spring was broken due to “rust” so I wiggled a the other three front springs noting a “ring of rust” all the way around the outer tub in what looks like a seam 2″ up from the bottom of the tub where the springs hook in. Two more springs snapped from rust fatugue just by wiggling them. The base of the washer also is rusting on the inside front and the side panals too. The front panal laso was rusted on the bottom and the bottom left screw was the only place where I saw any damage on the outside. Also there was no visible water inside, just rust. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this upgrade for the outer tub. I am sad because I have had a real smooth dependable washer and had no idea ehrer was a rust problem with it.
I am going to replace all six Module Springs and see what happens, the single belt is cracked and im reluctant to do even that until I can see a leak or not. I cant see replacing the tub and the panals being cost effective. Could the rust possibly have been caused by condensation soaking clothes obvernight? Thanks in advance and beer to you if you can shed any light on this.

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