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You most likely have hose leak some where on one or more lines coming into the washer, need to check both water lines from the wall and the machine itself. it mite be a little drip once in a while, but it is building up or storing the water in the drain pan.
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IF YOU HAVE STACKABLE SYSTEM CHECK THE DRIP PAN UNDERNEATH THE WASHING MACHINE.
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check the overflow line to inspect for cracking, or is the machine balanced while it spins.
the water in setting in the bottom of the washing machine, going to have to be taken apart and dried out,

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