Front-load washing machines are great for many reasons. However, one drawback is that they can leak from time to time. That’s why if you have a front load washer leaking water, you need to learn what steps to take in order to fix the problem and avoid future leaks.

Maintenance Tips for a Front Load Washer Leaking Water

Finding the source of any front load washer leak begins by identifying which area the water is coming from. Once you’ve found the problem area, follow our guide on how to stop the leak and prevent it from returning.

WARNING: Stick to these basic maintenance tips for fixing small washer leaks only. Do not attempt to make repairs on your own as this can cause damage to your floors or walls. Give Cody’s a call if you’re unsure of how to proceed.

Washer Leaking from the Front

Is your front load washer leaking water from the front underneath the door? If so, chances are that the door gasket and glass are dirty. Without proper maintenance, soap residue and other debris can build up over time and prevent the door from sealing correctly.

The good news is that a little cleaning should help stop the flow of water from the door. Put on some protective gloves and follow these steps to clean the door and gasket:

  1. Mix 3/4 cup of bleach with one gallon of water.
  2. Use a soft cloth to clean the inner door glass using the bleach solution.
  3. Wipe down the door gasket from top to bottom and remove any debris.
  4. Run an empty tub clean cycle using a washer tub cleaner tablet.

Now your washer door should be clean and sealing tightly. Be sure to wipe down the inner door and gasket after every cycle or as often as possible to stop the leak from returning.

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Washer Leaking from the Back

A front load washing machine leaking soapy water from the back may be experiencing a buildup of detergent residue. Using too much soap or not the right kind for your model can create too many suds, causing water to leak from the safety air vent.

If this is the case, the washer tub will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Run an empty tub clean cycle using a washer tub cleaner tablet, and then repeat the process two more times. After three consecutive cleaning cycles, the built-up detergent residue that was causing the leak should be gone.

washer leaking during spin cycle

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Detergent Dispenser Leaking

Another common source of front load washer leaking issues is the detergent dispenser drawer. Much like the other problem areas, a buildup of detergent residue inside the dispenser is the most likely culprit. Follow these steps to remove the residue and restore proper function to your dispenser:

  1. Pull out the dispenser drawer and remove it from the unit.
  2. Gently remove each compartment for cleaning.
  3. Wash each piece using warm water and a soft sponge or towel.
  4. Rinse the dispenser drawer under warm water to remove any residue.
  5. Fully dry each piece, then reinstall the detergent dispenser.

Your washer’s dispenser should now function properly again, but remember to wipe down the detergent compartments as often as possible.

front load washer leaking

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Tips to Prevent Washer Leaks

Remember to wipe down the door glass, door gasket, and detergent dispenser after every cycle to keep leaks away. If you still have a front load washer leaking water though, you may be using the wrong type of detergent.

All front-load models require high-efficiency (HE) detergent which creates fewer suds. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your model as to how much soap to use for optimal performance. We also recommend running a tub clean cycle once a month to keep your washer and your clothes fresh.

We also recommend using an early-warning flood protection system such as Flood Buzz. These affordable devices are placed on the ground near your washer and will sound an alarm if water is sensed on the floor. That way if your washer does spring a leak, you’ll know about it right away and can act quickly to stop it.

If you’re still experiencing leaking issues after following these steps, you may need to schedule service with a washer repair Boise professional. Luckily, the experts at Cody’s Appliance Repair are standing by, so call us today.