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Found A Leak

February 25th, 2014 at 07:15 am

I woke up this morning to feed the cats. As I neared my laundry room I heard dripping water. I first looked at the sink. Nope. No water there. Instead it was the washer. The tub was holding 4 inches of water with more water dripping into it. I did a load of laundry yesterday early evening. I'm guessing the dripping occurred over 12 hours. Definitely wouldn't have been good if we were gone for many days! Although, after my parents had a major washer flood during their absence we actually do turn off the water to our house when we leave.

After I showed my husband, I turned off the water at the panel by the washer. Of course it stopped. My daughter thought it was time to get a new washer. She also thought a red washer would be fun! Our washer is over 12 years old if I remember correctly. But I don't want to buy a new washer!

I have been looking online and have determined the part we need is a water inlet valve. I watched one video of how to replace. It looks easy. However, I see our washer comes apart a little different. I need to find a video specific to our Maytag washer. I also see there is a universal part for about $20. However, when I look at the part for our specific model it looks different than the universal one. There is a connection pointing 90 degrees the other way. The part that seems specific to our washer is $55+. I also found this exact part USED on Ebay for $12.95 shipped. Not really sure about a used part and how long it would last, but it is better than $55!

So we do have choices. Buy nothing and simply turn water on and off at the wall. This just requires changing our habits. Buy a used part, install ourselves and hope it works for a relatively good amount of time. Buy a new part for $55 and install ourselves. We could also hire someone to install a new part for us. I would guess that would easily run us $120+. Or go with my daughter's idea and buy a new washer...which then I would want a matching dryer, too. Smile

I'm sure we will not be buying a new washer, although if we think we can not do the repair ourselves, I might be more inclined to put $120 towards a new machine. But I would wait on that. It sure isn't a need when we can turn the water off on our own at the wall, which is free.

I will be discussing our options with my husband later tonight. I will definitely be showing him the video of how to do the repair too. I don't mind doing the repair myself, but I would like his support and possible assistance if I run into a tight screw or need help lifting something.

Have you repaired an appliance yourself? What option would you take in our situation? Would you buy a used part to save over $40?

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6 Responses to “Found A Leak”

  1. Another Reader Says:

    The valves at the wall are not designed to be turned on and off regularly. With a lot of use they may begin to leak. My Maytag is at least 15 years old and it still works. If the rest of the washer is working properly, I would buy the new part and install it. That's what the Maytag Repairman would do!

  2. Kiki Says:

    I would buy the new part and install it.

  3. Debbie Says:

    I always turn off the shut-off valves after using the washer. A burst hose is going to pump hundreds of gallons of water into your home. I had a hose burst and caught it very quickly but still had two inches of water everywhere. I can only imagine if I had been away for any period of time.

  4. snafu Says:

    Your washer leak creates questions for the next step. What is the anticipated life span of a 2002 washer? It would be annoying to fix and face probability of more and more small fixes, machine out of commission etc. What is it's energy efficiency rating compared to current models? Is there any worthwhile energy savings in a new[er] model? Is it top load or front load? Front loading machines use less water and I'm told, are quite energy efficient.

    Have you contacted the local supplier to determine if the 'universal' part adjusts that 90 degree variance? What is their return policy if the part is unsuitable? Was the Ebay 'used' part installed and removed in 90 days or 4 years? What is your fall back position if you find the remove and replace task more than expected? Would you consider a basic builder's model installed but never used, heavily discounted on CraigsList? Scratch 'n dent or used, high end W/D too expensive to move to another city for example?

    Since the dryer would be replaced if the washer was replaced, is there any meaningful change? The dryer uses the most KWH electric appliance in the house. I've heard it referred to as the energy hog.

    sorry...so family specific

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I always turn the water off at the valve to avoid a flooded basement. You're supposed to replace the 2 hoses every 3 y ears.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    The leak is into the washer tub. It is a result of the valve being faulty and no longer keeping the water from coming into the tub when it isn't suppose to. Our hoses are braided steel and only 1.5 years old. I have heard replacement of every five years. I also don't expect the valves on the wall to fail anytime soon as we have a new home. However...these do fail. I believe this was the failure point my parents had with their flood and they never used theirs! Ours have probably been turned less than five times.

    We have decided to order the part. Including shipping it was $48. I found another site with a lower price. It should be a 30 minute fix at the most.

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