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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2017

Best way to get to rubber drain tube " think" it is busted on lg front loader washing machine

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Of course, have the washer pumped out (cycle finished) if possible - or bail it out with a non-scratching plastic container as well as you can before trying to move it. Then you need to unplug the power cord, turn off the two water valves, disconnect the hose fittings and control the two water supply hoses (each will have 1-2 cups of water left in it, so you have to drain it into a container or tape/tie up at the top back of the washer so they will not spill (far better to try to drain out ASAP), then the discharge hose has to be disconnected from the drain pipe (commonly has a wire tie or piece of wire or clamp holding it in place so it does not jump out when it surges, then it just lifts up and out of the drain standpipe (the gooseneck "U" part just sticks down in about 6-8 inches, no internal connection) and likewise drain or control that hose because there will be a couple to few quarts of dirty water in it - plus whatever water was in the washer if it was not pumped out completely first.

Then pull or walk (being careful not to scratch or catch the floor) the washer out to where you can get at the back. The discharge hose commonly is connected to the washer with a hose clamp or crimp connector - though sometimes with a clamp-type threaded fitting - when you pull it off (usually twist and pull at same time after clamp is off) you will get another cup or so of water coming out the fitting so have a towel or pan under it - plus if washer was not pumped out due to the leak, all the water in the washer will almost certainly also come out. (Best to drain that out by lying the hose down flat to drain most of the water into a pan before disconnecting from the washer).

New hose readily available at home improvement box stores and plumbing supply stores - be sure to get same size - there are 2 common and one less common sizes I know of. About $15-40 depending on length and size.

If hose is soft or mushy or cracked or "alligatered" it should be replaced - sometimes just the connection end goes bad and leaks in which case there is usually enough hose to at least one time trim that end off and refasten to good material.

Installation - connect hoses up and open faucets, discharge hose into drain standpipe and fastened/wired to prevent it jumping out, hook up power cord - I recommend putting just a small amount of water in the washer first then stopping the filling and checking with flashlight for leaks, then jumping ahead to discharge part of cycle to be sure pumpout does not leak before you fill the washer completely. And then when you do first normal load check every few minutes to be sure you are not leaking.

If not into DIY (I would rate this about a 2 to maybe 3 on a 10 scale of DIY difficulty - 10 hardest) - Plumbing would be your Search the List category for this.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


BTW - here is another previous question with a bunch of answers on LG front loaders leaking - either through the drum vent at the rear, or at the door seals - a VERY common complaint on front-loaders but LG seems to be having more than its share of those complaints recently -

Another sometimes cause I know of - if small change goes through the load there is no screen in at least some models, so they lodge in the pump and rattle around in it, wearing out the housing till it leaks - so the leakage is close to where the discharge hose comes out and might be misinterpreted as coming from there.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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