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Question DetailsAsked on 7/20/2017

How costly is a water leak on our 14 year old front loading washer? It is dripping directly off of counterweight.

It is a GE Kenmore Elite HE 3 Model: 11044832200

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Depends on where it is actually leaking from - if just leaking screw/bolt holes for the counterweight, you might be able to just remove and Permatex or locktite sealer the bolts one by one (being sure sealant gets inside the drum) and seal it up. [Note I said thread sealer, NOT thread-locker, which is a cement which could make the bolts/screws so hard to get out that they are stripped in future maintenance.

By an Appliance Repair - Large (your Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed vendors for this repair) technician that would likely be a minimum service charge of commonly $75-150 if just leaking fastener holes.

Ditto about cost/time if leaking vent - a VERY common front loader issue (sometimes it just needs cleaning out to stop leaking, or using less low-suds detergent) - google for Youtube videos of where the vent is and why it leaks. Some makes have VERY poor design, though GE is not one of the ones I have heard that of.

If the drum seal(s) are leaking, and running down to drip off the counterweight, likely more like $100-250 parts and around $200-300 labor - possibly more if the bellows and / or plastic drum sections are cracked, which can run to the $500-1000 range depending on what it ate up. Unfortunately, this is a VERY common complaint for your model and similar HE3 washers - the drum is a goofy mish-mash of many parts, apparently all rubber or plastic.

From some of the comments, it sounds like a miracle yours made it 14 years. If you have read other comments by me on front-loader washers, you will know what is coming - I would recommend for that age and machine, to just junk it and replace with a $400-600 mechanical timer (ZERO electronics) top-loader Whirlpool and count on 20-30 years of usually trouble-free service. AND in the long run a lot less $ out of pocket.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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