One of the best ways to protect your house or apartment against accidental spills or leaks in your laundry or utility room is to install a drip pan beneath your GE washer. Most drip pans are constructed out of durable plastic and serve as a basin to catch any water dripping or leaking out of the washer above.
GE Washer Operation
GE washers, like other washers, use a lot of water during its wash cycle. The washer starts by filling the wash chamber with water and soap. The washer then agitates the clothes in the water to power out dirt and odors. The water is then drained out of the cabinet and refilled with clean water. The clothes are agitated again in the clean water, which helps to remove the soap residue. The last step of the wash cycle is spin, which spins the clothes inside the tub at a high speed to help wring out the water.
Washer Drip Pans
The purpose of a washer drip pan is to catch any excess water that spills out of the washer. The drip pan connects to a drain line that channels the water inside into the sewer. This prevents water damage to the floor by eliminating standing water. Drip pans are also useful during a washer leak. In this case, instead of the leak spreading out all over your basement or laundry room floor, the drip pan catches the water and funnels it into the sewer drain.
Drip Pan Plumbing
Drip pans are typically connected either to a drain below the pan or through a drain pipe on the side of the pan. When connecting a drip pan through the bottom, trim out the area in the middle of the drip pan to accommodate the drain beneath. Assemble the drain in the bottom of the pan and glue the flange into the drain with cement or caulk. To connect a drain pan with an outlet on the side, install a watertight coupling through the hole in the side of the pan. Run an appropriate sized plumbing pipe to the nearest plumbing run. If a connection isn't available for the drainpipe, cut through the drain pipes and install a T connection for the drain.
Installing a Washer Drip Pan
It's best to have someone help you install a GE washer drip pan. When installing the pan with a drain beneath, pick up and move the washer so you have plenty of access to the drain area. Once the pan is installed, move the washer back into place. A drip pan with a plumbing hookup at the side can be installed while the washer is still in place. Have your assistant lift up the front of the GE washer while you slip the pan under the front. Once the front is in the pan, lift up the back of the washer and gently nudge it forward until it is inside the pan.