This is a problem that seems to occur sporadically, as if a valve is getting stuck. When it happens the water comes pouring out from the inside front panel, not the door. Can anyone elnlighten me on how to solve this problem?
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Re: Soap dispenser overflows and leaks onto floor
Ive seen that somehow somehting gets down inside the dispensor itself, ( fabric sheet, wash cloth, pull tab from bew detergent, and if this happens it gets down inside he fill tube blocking off te waterform entering machine and backs up through the front. by removing hte top of machine (3 screws across the back) youll see the dispensor box located in left front corner, look for the hose on the bottom leading to the front of the tub assy and look inside for debris
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The problem is not a leaking soap container. The problem is that it is overflowing because the line from it to the washer tub is clogged. This happens mostly when using powdered detergents. Check you operating instructions for soap dispenser cleaning procedures.
Although there are a few leaks
common to all brands, most brands have leaks that are peculiar to their
design. GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and others all have common and well-known leak
areas. After reading this section, see the chapter about specific brands for
details. A common "leak" zone
is not a leak at all; the wall drain backs up and overflows onto the floor.
This is commonly misdiagnosed as a leak. It can be difficult to diagnose; the
problem may be intermittent. Depending on how badly the drain is clogged,
there may be a little water or a lot, or it may only overflow every second or
third load. While diagnosing a leak, do not be too quick to write this
diagnosis off. If you suspect that your drain
is backing up, but you can't quite ever be there at the right time to observe
the overflow, try this: wrap some toilet paper around the drain hose just
above the wall drain pipe. If it backs up, the paper will get wet. Even if
you're not there when it happens and the paper dries out, it will have
crinkled up, and you'll know your drain's backing up. If it isn't the drain, run the
machine with a full load. Without moving the machine, get right down on the
floor and look under the machine with a flashlight. Try to find the general
area where water is dripping to the floor; front or back of the machine, left
or right side. Open the cabinet and look for
mineral or soap deposits where there shouldn't be any.
Trace the deposits in the
natural direction of waterflow (against gravity or centrifugal force) back to
the source of the leak. Fill the machine again and run it through a cycle or
two. Be patient; use your eyes and your brains. There is no magic, easy way
to detect a leak. The usual places are: WATER VALVE: The guts of the fill solenoid valve
sometimes will corrode. You may see water leaking from, or rust on the top of
the solenoid. (See figure G-7A) Since the valves only open during a fill
cycle, this may appear as an intermittent leak. The solution is to replace
the valve. PUMP: Usually from around the pulley seal.
Some washer pumps have a hole that allows water to weep out when the seal
starts to go bad. The solution is to replace or rebuild the pump. BLEACH DISPENSERS: Bleach is VERY hard on plastic
parts. If the bleach dispenser gets old and brittle, it can crack or break
off, and the flush water can leak out.
most of the time when this happens the hose going into the tub is blocked with soap so the dispenser overflows have a close look and clear the obstruction also check for split or loose hose hope this helps you
When a washer is leaking, there are several areas where the liquid could be coming from.
If it only leaks during a spin cycle, it's probably caused by a leaky drain hose
Leaks on a front-load washer can occur around the door seal. This can happen because of a build-up of dirt and soap on the seal itself preventing a proper seal from taking place. Wipe the door seal carefully making sure that the edge of the gasket is clean.
Parts of a plastic bleach dispenser can crack or break off, causing a leak intermittently during the flush process. This is because bleach is a very corrosive chemical. Heavy use of liquid chlorine bleach can pit and rust stainless steel parts..
You'll want to confirm that the fill hoses are connected and properly tightened. Always use new rubber washers when re-installing the hoses. Take care not to over-tighten the connection. Other leaks may be caused by the drain hose being cracked, or by a leaky connection at the water-inlet valve. Too many suds may cause the appearance of a leak when actually it's just a sudsy overflow. Sometimes a drain hose leak occurs at the end of the hose where it attaches to the washer. If the hose is long enough you can cut the leaky end off and re-clamp the hose back on. Usually though, when a hose begins to leak, it is best to just replace the hose.
Many pump leaks happen around the seal on the pulley. Some pumps have a weep hole that lets water drip out when this seal begins to go bad. The solution is to rebuild or replace the pump.
Tub leaks are usually caused by a rotted tub. If this is your problem, consider buying a new washer. Sometimes a constant imbalance can be the culprit. This imbalance can rub a hole in the tub if it consistently runs off-balance. It may be possible to repair the tub with an epoxy kit. Tub replacement isn't usually very economical.
The main tub seal can also leak. This is located where the transmission and the outer tub in the centre. If this seal goes bad, it can be very difficult to replace.
Sometimes the water-inlet valve develops a buildup of mineral deposits and rust. To check this, remove the water-inlet valve and visually inspect the surface.
There is a cool product that is designed to help prevent water damage from a leaky washer. It's called a Washer Floor Tray This tray catches water leaks and prevents floor damage from overflows. This product is a must for upstairs laundries
We had the same problem- for us it was because we were mixing laundry booster (Oxyclean) with liquid soap in the dispenser. It seems the water running through the tray had insufficient pressure to properly flush the tray out, so residue accumulated on the back & underside of the tray. Our water pressure is good here, and we don't use a water softener or filters that can reduce the pressure. Unfortunately it seems to just be a bad design of the soap dispenser tray.
We also had a problem with water/bleach leaking from our soap dispenser- when we used the bleach compartment in the dispenser we got leaks dripping onto the floor from behind the front cover of the washing machine. It was running down the front of the washer behind the front cover & coming out onto the floor. The repair guy said this was because the dispenser tray was pulled out too far, but the reason we were pulling the soap tray out so far was because the bleach compartment was too far back in the tray to use if we didn't. Now we just leave the drawer partially closed & pour the bleach directly into the soap compartment along with the soap.