My Whirlpool Washer Leaks From the Bottom

Whirlpool Corp., headquartered in Benton Charter Township, Michigan, sells products under different brand names, including Whirlpool, Amana and Jenn-Air. It also creates washing machines for other companies, including Sears. If your washing machine is leaking from the bottom, you must address this problem immediately to avoid rusting out the tub. Locate the leak, and repair it yourself to save money.

Pump

If your Whirlpool washer is leaking from the bottom, check the pump. This is the most common cause for water underneath the cabinet. Stop the washing machine. Remove the water in the tub either with a bucket or shop vacuum. Remove the main housing panel, and examine the pump. Check the pump housing and the hoses that enter and exit the pump. If any of these components are defective, you must replace the entire pump. Get a new one from a Whirlpool parts dealer since it's hard to repair this part.

Seals

Your Whirlpool washing machine has different seals, including the door (on front-loading machines) and the main tub seal. If you see water underneath the tub, check the main tub seal. Disconnect the washing machine from the main power source, and remove the main access panel. If the seal is torn or brittle, replace it. Reattach it if it's falling off. While not usually the cause of water underneath the tub, check the door seal; a slow leak causes water to accumulate under the washing machine, making you think that the leak originates from the washer base. Clean the door seal if it's dirty, or replace it if it's defective.

Tub Bearing/Outer Tub

If the tub bearing is going bad, it may leak. Visually examine the bearing, and see if it's worn or broken. Replace it. Inspect the outer tub. Look for cracks in the metal or rusted-out sections. If the outer tub is compromised, your washing machine leaks. This is a difficult and often expensive repair. Consider purchasing a new washing machine if the repair is too expensive.

Other Issues

Water can accumulate underneath your Whirlpool washing machine but originate in other areas. Check the fill and drain hoses, and see if the hose connections are tight. Verify that the fill hose washers are installed and correctly seated. See if you are using the correct type and amount of detergent for your washing machine. If not, your washer can overflow because of over-sudsing. Clean the detergent dispenser if it's clogged. Clean your home plumbing, drain or sink if they are dirty.