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 Posted: Thu Sep 14th, 2006 02:08 am
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Amana Washer, Model: LWA50AW

My washer is leaking.  I opened the front and saw water dripping from the center bottom of the tub.  I am attempting to repair it.

So far, I have removed the agitator, the agitator hub, the tub bolts, inner tub, and finally, a big nut.

I'm not sure what has to come apart next, or how to do it.

Here is a link to a photo of where I'm at:
http://www.frontiernet.net/~weetman/100_0606.JPG

Can someone help me?  What do I do now?

Thanks for any help. Buzz

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 LOOKS LIKE IT GOING TO NEED A HUB/SEAL KIT----CALL A PRO-- THIS NOT A JOB FOR A DOIT YOURSELFER:yikes:



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Word of advice. Don't go any further with this. You'll thank me for the advice. You may not realise it right now, but you will.



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donn, Mad Mac,

Based on your advice and what is on the web, I gather that this job is painful.

But I don't think I'll be able to "thank you for the advice" unless I know why it is so painful.  Clearly what you are saying is that the hard part of the repair is yet to come.  But what are the next steps? If it is really that bad, then no repair guy is going to do it for cheap... and I gather the parts alone will be like $70+.  The whole washer was probably $400 (I can't really recall) in '99.  I think MY only options are to fix it or trash it and buy a new one.  But as a rule, I never trash anything without giving it the old college try to fix it.  Before I go throw $1000+ at a good washer, I need to get frustrated with this one.  With or without your help, I WILL be trying to fix this.  But I think I'm being set up for failure if the guys who know what I would need to do won't tell me.

Can someone please explain what the next steps for getting to the bad seal are?  I don't know what is holding what together at this point.  Again, here is where I'm at: http://www.frontiernet.net/~weetman/100_0606.JPG

Thanks for any help.  And I do appreciate the advice thus far... I just need things to get much more difficult before I can take it.

Buzz

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You just have to love it when someone won't take no for an answer. Persistance is painful but it can be rewarding. When you order the new tub seal asssembly it comes with a complete set of instructions. Here is what you will need http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=768887

If the bearing below is bad then it gets even more fun...

Last edited on Thu Sep 14th, 2006 04:23 pm by hvacdrd



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I walked down the street to my local Amana supply store and was able to get the repair kit.  What luck.. it was on sale for 75% off.  I took it home, read the easy to follow directions, and was able to make the repair in 30 minutes.  My washer is back in business and my wife has decided to catch up on the laund... aw hell.  I can't do this.

Looking at the directions I found for a different, but similar, repair... I think I'll take your recommendations and count my losses.  But I don't think I'm going to have someone else repair it.  It just can't be cost effective.   I think I'll look into a new washer.

Thanks for the advice.

Any advice on what to look for in a new washer?  Warranty of seals and moving parts?

Buzz

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buzzweetman wrote:
But I don't think I'll be able to "thank you for the advice" unless I know why it is so painful. 

This explains: http://fixitnow.com/2004/06/mailbag-amana-washer-leaks.htm



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