How To Access The Outer Part Of A Washing Machine Tub To Check For Leaks

13 May 2016
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Has your washing machine started leaking around its bottom? There are a variety of part malfunctions that can cause a leak, but one of the first places to check is the washing tub itself. You can look for cracks on the inside of the tub by simply opening the lid and looking inside the machine. But you will also want to check the outer part of the tub in case there is a crack that isn't easy to notice from the inside of the tub.

Accessing the tub differs depending on your particular unit's make and model so consider these instructions general advice. The process isn't difficult but you might want a helper when it comes time to lift the machine's cabinet away from the tub.

What You Need:

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Lifting assistant (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • Small bucket of water

Step 1: Gain Access to the Outer Tub

Unplug the washing machine's power cord from the wall. You can leave the washing machine in position unless the dryer sits very close to its side, in which case you might want to move the washer off on its own a bit to make cabinet removal easier.

Use a screwdriver to remove the fasteners holding the control panel onto the washer. The control panel is the area where the control knobs are located. The screws can be found in one of three places: the lower corner on each side of the front panel, the lower corners of the back panel, or under a plastic cover on the front panel. The plastic cover should simply pop off to give you access.

Once the fasteners are removed, swivel the control panel – which is still attached at the top – until it is fully extended above the washing machine. The weight of the panel will keep it in place when fully extended so it will stay out of your way while you work.

Unplug the wire connector that attaches the control panel to the top of the washing machine. The wire connector will likely look like a little white plug. Use a screwdriver to work under the spring clips holding the control panel section to the washer's outer casing.  Snap the clamps out of position so that they are no longer securing the outer casing.

You can now pull the outer casing or cabinet away from the control panel and washer tub. Use an assistant if the casing is too heavy for you to move on your own safely. Set the casing well out of the way so you can return to work on the tub.

Step 2: Checking the Tub for Damage

Perform a visual inspection to the outer tub looking for signs of cracks or other damage. If your laundry area isn't well lit, use a flashlight to help you see the shadowy areas of the tub.

You can also pour half of a small bucket of water into the tub and check for any signs of moisture on the outer tub. Pour in the remaining water and then check again. If you see signs of leaking, place the emptied bucket under the leak then turn off the water supply valve leading to the washing machine. Call in an appliance repair person, like Kaylor Appliance & Refrigeration Service, to replace the tub.