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Washer Leak - Front Loader

This advice is for determining the source of a leak on a front loading washer. You will need to remove the lower toe panel directly below the door to gain access to the inside cabinet to see where the leak may be coming from. The panel comes off by removing the screws under the bottom front edge of the panel. With the screws removed, the panel will drop down, then come off.

NOTE: Propping the two front feet of the washer up with something (a 2x4 works well for this) will give you better access to the screws.

The most common source of leakage on this washer is the rubber bellow around the door. It can develop cracks or tears over time and require replacement. A tell-tale sign is the front counterweight (looks like a concrete block on the front of the wash tub) looking wet. The counterweight will remain dry if the tub is sealed properly. From the inside of the washer, pull the rubber folds back on the door bellow and inspect the perimeter for any rips or tears. If the bellow is damaged, it must be replaced.

If the bellow is intact, check the rear bellow seal where it connects to the front of the wash tub. If the clamp comes loose the bellow can shift and begin to leak. Tighten if necessary.

Check the drain pump and hoses to ensure they are not leaking. The drain pump is directly in the front under the wash tub.

Check the area directly below the wash tub. If the leak is coming from the wash tub itself, you may have a bad tub seal. A replacement gasket doesn't cost much at all, but the labor involved is extensive.
Check the air dome on the lower right hand side of the wash tub. There should be a small air hose attached that runs all the way to the pressure switch. This small air hose is how the pressure switch senses the pressure differential in the wash tub and determines when to shut the water off. If the air hose comes loose, water will pour out of the air dome into the cabinet bottom. Reattach if necessary.

Another simple problem is the dispenser tube(s) that come through the door bellow. Sometimes, these small tubes will work their way behind the rubber in the door and leak when the washer attempts to fill or rinse. This is a simple matter of adjusting the tubes to ensure they are seated through the door gasket properly.

If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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my washer leeks from the bottom, slow drips,when in progress. Can I fix this myself


If you have a leaking FRONT LOADER, you will need to remove the lower toe panel under the door and inspect the washer interior cabinet to sufficiently determine where the source of the leak may be coming from. The following link explains how to access and inspect your washer for leaks:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader

In the majority of the cases with front loaders, the door bellow begins to leak. A routine inspection of the seal perimeter will tell you if there are any rips or tears. If the bellow is damaged, it must be replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

Make sure you throughly check all drain hoses, hose connections, the pump seal and the dispenser hose(s) that penetrate the door bellow.

These problems can easily be repaired without the assistance of a repairman. If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Apr 05, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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the washing machine is leaking from the bottom starting at the wash mode


To accurately determine the source of your washer leak, you will need to remove the lower toe panel an inspect the washer interior cabinet. The following link explains how to access and inspect a front loader for leaks:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader

In the majority of cases, a front loader leak is caused by a ripped or torn door bellow. If your bellow is damaged, it must be replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load


Replacement parts (if required) can be found at the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The average cost varies, so shop and compare. The first three websites I listed also have helpful exploded view parts diagrams that can help you locate and properly identify the parts you need.

If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER. I hope you fid this information helpful.

Mar 27, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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How do I stop my Kenmore front loader from leaking around the door. I have a Kenmore HE 2plus front loader


If this is a Kenmore FRONT LOADER you need to remove the lower toe panel directly below the door to inspect the cabinet interior for the source of your leak. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader

The most common source of leaks on a front loader is the rubber door bellow. The bellow can develop cracks, rips or tears with age and needs to replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

Jan 31, 2010 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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Kenmore front load is leaking from the bottom.


If this is a Kenmore FRONT LOADER you need to remove the lower toe panel directly below the door to inspect the cabinet interior for the source of your leak. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader

The most common source of leaks on a front loader is the rubber door bellow. The bellow can develop cracks, rips or tears with age and needs to replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

Jan 23, 2010 | Kenmore 44102 Front Load Washer

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leaks from bottom but only when i put a small load in


If this is a Whirlpool FRONT LOADER you need to remove the lower toe panel directly below the door to inspect the cabinet interior for the source of your leak. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576656-washer_leak__front_loader

The most common source of leaks on a front loader is the rubber door bellow. The bellow can develop cracks, rips or tears with age and needs to replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

Jan 21, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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