Maytag MLE2000AYW Stack W/D Leaking Out Washer DoorMLE2000AYW leak softener
Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:43 AM
My now 10-year-old Maytag stacked W/D began infrequently and mysteriously leaking water out the door more than a year ago. Nowadays, however, it "has an accident" nearly every load of laundry. The problem appears to be with the fabric softener (FS) dispenser. Although sometimes the dispenser will be left full of water at the end of a cycle when there has been no leakage, the dispenser cup is always left full of water at the end of a cycle during which there is a leak (thank God for concrete slab construction!). It seems odd that the FS cup is ever left full, as it has a "port" in the side through which the FS is dispensed into the tub when water floods the cup and creates a siphon, supposedly emptying the cup. When the cup is left full, there is no sign of the FS, just plain water. I found a previous post on this same subject from 2008 here: http://appliantology...__1#entry90298.
When I discover the FS cup full of water, I can lift it up and it will begin to drain immediately. If I take it to a sink and fill it with water, the siphon works and the cup empties itself. I have removed all parts from the FS dispenser and cleaned them, but the problem persists. There have been signs of sticky FS goo buildup in the bottom of the cup, but I have cleaned all that.
I just went to the washer to do a manual test. The FS cup was already full of water, the aftermath of the most recent leak just few hours ago. I lifted the cup and, sho'nuff, it began to drain (the water leaves the cup and drains all the way down into the bowels of the washer). I grabbed a cup of water and poured it into the FS cup until nearly full. No siphon. I picked up the cup, siphon. I took the cup to the sink, filled it until the water was about half-way covering the drain port, no siphon. I then filled it completely to the top and the siphon started. I filled it nearly full again and just lifted slightly on the insert that covers the siphon tube(has the words Fabric Softener on it) and the siphon started. Hmmm. I notice that I can sometimes start the siphon by filling the cup right to the very top while it's in the washer, as occurred when I filled it at the sink. So maybe the washer is filling the cup normally, but the late start on the siphon is causing the leak? I don't know.
The previous post, from Kendal, revealed no resolution. I'm hoping someone will possess, and share, the knowledge which will free me from mopping up after my washer every cycle.
Many appreciative thanks in advance for any assistance,
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