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9 Year-old SQ TL Washer Question
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Post# 1157492   8/21/2022 at 00:15 (600 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I was at the kids' house tonight and my step daughter mentioned that she thought her washer (AWN 412, I think) had developed a leak.  I removed the front panel and found no evidence of a leak anywhere, then I pulled the entire machine out to check the floor underneath it and found no evidence there either.  All hoses and connections that I could see looked good.


What I did see was some rust around the outer tub, but there was no outward indication of how it got there.  Rust is never a good thing, but it seems to be in an arrested state.  I took a couple of pictures (sorry -- sideways syndrome strikes again).  Any ideas? 


Also, on the inside of the front panel there's a thick square of styrofoam that has been chewed up by a cross member on the front of the tub.  There's another square of styrofoam on the inside of the left panel (when facing the washer) that has also been chewed up by the tub bumping it (visible in picture 1).  For whatever reason, there's no such styrofoam on the right panel (see picture 2).  I couldn't see the inner side of the rear panel so will invoke Miss Clairol on that one.



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Post# 1157524 , Reply# 1   8/21/2022 at 10:03 (600 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Surface rust on outer tub

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Is pretty normal, it comes from occasional over sudsing or a very moist environment, if you want to reduce the rusting take a wet cloth and wash off all the detergent residue.

The little Styrofoam pads are designed to resist cabinet damage in case the machine is moved without shipping braces or in the case of a severe unbalanced load they’re not on all sides.

I don’t think the outer tub would ever rust through from the outside in any case in the tub has a lifetime warranty if you do manage to get it to rust through.

John L

Post# 1157535 , Reply# 2   8/21/2022 at 13:43 (600 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Thanks John.


I'll pass this information on.  Somehow I missed the oversudsing evidence in the second picture.  I don't know what made her think there was an actual leak.  At least now they both know how to remove the front panel, and if she sees water on the floor again she can remove the panel and check it out for herself.

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