How to Fix a Tub Vent for a Washer That is Leaking

The tub vent has a cover on it that prevents water from spilling out during the drain cycle. If you’ve noticed puddles of water toward the rear corners of your washer, then your tub vent cover may be damaged or loose. If it is loose, you can fix this by simply refastening it. However, if it is cracked then you will need a new one.

Our easy repair guide will show you how to access and inspect the tub vent. Once you’ve determined that the tub vent is at fault, we will show you how to install a new tub vent and restore your washer to full working condition in no time.

What is a Tub Vent?

The tub vent is a tube responsible for allowing air into the tub when the washer is draining. It keeps the pipes dry by directing vapor out of the machine. It also quickens the drying process for your clothes. The tub vent has a plastic grill on it to prevent anything from entering the vent tube from the outside. If your washer is leaking, the tub vent cover might have a crack in it.

The tub vent cover can sometimes come loose during regular use of the washing machine, which would cause the vent hose to overflow, allowing water to pool at the base of the washer and leak out onto the floor. If you find water near the back corners of your washer, the tub vent may be the culprit.

Where is the Tub Vent Located?

The tub vent is typically located at the top of the outer tub, where it connects to the back wall of the washer’s cabinet.

A 3D diagram showing the components of a washer and specifying the location of the tub vent tube

How to Access, Remove, and Inspect the Tub Vent in a Front Load Washing Machine

  1. As with all repairs, begin by unplugging your washer.
  2. Remove the main top of the washer. You may need to detach the control panel to do this.
  3. Release the drain tube, which is connected to the outer tub, by pressing the spring clamps and sliding them downwards. Carefully release the drain tube.
  4. The other side of the tube is secured to a grill on the back wall of the cabinet. It may be secured with a clamp, which you will need to remove first before you can fully remove the tub vent.
  5. Inspect the tube for any signs of damage or wear. If it is damaged, you will need to replace it.

How to Install a New Tub Vent in a Front Load Washing Machine

  1. Follow the steps in “How to Access, Remove, and Inspect the Tub Vent in a Front-Load Washing Machine” to remove the tub vent.
  2. Discard the old tube and attach one end of the new one to the outer tub. Secure it in place with the clamps.
  3. Attach the other end to the back wall of the cabinet and secure it as well.
  4. Put the top of your machine back on, plug the washer in and your repair is complete.

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