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Water leak at front of washer

While the washer is running water leaks from a small "weap hole" at bottom of the plastic tub around the stainless drum. What is this hole for and what might I need to fix this leak?

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You should have a drain at the bottom of the rubber boot inside the washer. There is a possibility the drain hose clamp came loose or the boot has a hole in it. If you take the front of the washer cabinet off, you should be able to see where the water is coming from. Take the two screws out of either side of the door opening, pull on both sides of the front panel at the same time, tilt downward, and the panel should come off.

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