Crosley washer mystery leak
Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:40 PM
Today I was fortunate enough to notice this had happened right after the cycle finished, so I quickly pulled the front off the washer to check it out. I found that it looks like the tub is being overfilled, and then running over the top edge of the tub, running down the outside of the tub, dropping into the bottom of the cabinet, and leaking out the holes at the bottom of the cabinet onto the floor. Based upon this, my hypothesis is that the washer is overfilling with water, so that when the spin cycle starts, the water sloshes over the edge...further, on the delicate cycle the spin doesn't run as long, so an overfilled tub doesn't drain all the way. It's interesting this issue has never been observed on the permanent press or regular cycles (and we use cloth diapers, so we run this machine a lot!)
I've marked up a photo I took to illustrate exactly where the water appears to be escaping from the tub. I am wondering if there's a seal in that plastic ring that snaps around the top of the tub, and if that might be part of my problem. Note that leaked water is conspicuously absent around the bottom of the tub, the bearing area, the pump, etc. It really seems to be coming from the top.
Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:24 PM
I am wondering if there's a seal in that plastic ring that snaps around the top of the tub, and if that might be part of my problem. Note that leaked water is conspicuously absent around the bottom of the tub, the bearing area, the pump, etc. It really seems to be coming from the top.
I would dismiss this thought and trace other sources. Such as your water being overfilled. It's possible you have a bad water valve. Try to get it to act up, by starting the fill cycle and unplugging the machine while filling. If it continues to fill... bingo, new water valve is needed. Do this a few times. Lets us know if you get anywhere with this test.
Edited by micabay, 24 March 2014 - 09:25 PM.
Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:41 PM
Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:12 PM
What other areas should we be examining? Is it possible the devices that senses when the tub is full is working intermittently?
Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:36 PM
If the washer is slow draining, because of something restricting water flow in the pump or the hose or if the belt is slipping on the drain pump pulley, the washer can spin water over the side of the tub. This will happen if the tub is getting up to speed too quickly before all the water is out.
It can also happen if the water is draining properly but the tub is spinning too quickly. There is a clutch in the transmission designed to slip so the tub doesn't get up to speed too fast and while I've never seen one fail like that, they usually slip too much and not spin fast enough, I suppose it could be possible.
Another possibility causing slow draining is if the belt is not being tensioned properly when it spins. If its too loose it may not be spinning the drain pump fast enough or not running the pump at all whenit spins. The motor mounts on slides so it can move back and fourth when it agitates or spins and if the slides get sticky the motor can get stuck. With these washers I'll lift the motor off the slides and wipe them down so they are clean and even put a very small ammount of grease on them so it can move freeley. If you do that, don't use too much grease, just a very light film.
Edited by -Mike-, 24 March 2014 - 11:36 PM.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 06:37 AM
It sound to me like you will find that the second theory suggested by Mike is your problem, (a somewhat common problem on these machines).
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:30 AM
I have observed the machine running with the front off and can confirm the motor does move a fair amount when it switches from agitating to drain/spin.
What do you think? Lube the slides first, then check to see if it happens again, if so, replace the belt? If trouble continues look for issues in the transmission?
Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:46 PM
If the issue recurs, do you think I should replace the belt? Or something else?
Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:00 PM
Posted 27 March 2014 - 06:43 AM
could be a partialy restricted drain hose or pump, because this is happening only on the delicate cycle which has a slower spin which means a slower pump as well
Posted 27 March 2014 - 08:49 PM
Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:12 PM
I would say yes that is possible. Get yourself a snake and run it down the drain pipe. Although it is strange that you are only having the problem on delicate. It does however sound like it is drain related, check for a restriction in the pump hose.
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