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5 Causes of a Front Load Washing Machine Leaking Water

front load washing machine leaking

It’s the worst feeling when you walk into your laundry room to do a load of laundry and see water pooled all around your front loading washing machine. Not only is it a huge mess, but it can also be damaging to your flooring, and can even cause a smell from your washing machine. We’re here to help with five common causes of a front load washing machine leaking water. We even have some tips on how to fix the issue yourself, as well as how to contact a professional if needed.

Why Is My Front Load Washing Machine Leaking?

Water everywhere? We can help with these five common front load washing machine leaking causes.

1. Washing Machine Door Gasket

The first and most common cause of a front load washing machine leaking water is an issue with the door gasket. Over time, the door seal can become worn out or cracked, which allows water to seep out during the wash cycle. The door gasket can also be dirty, jammed, or have something stuck in it, which can cause leaks.

To fix this issue: First, check and make sure there are no objects or debris stuck in the seal. If there is, clean or remove whatever’s blocking the gasket. If the gasket is damaged you’ll need to replace it. This is a relatively easy repair that you can do yourself, or you can contact a professional to do it for you.

washing machine leaking from bottom during spin cycle

2. Water Inlet Valve

Another common cause of a front load washing machine leaking water is an issue with the water inlet valve. This valve is responsible for letting water into the machine, and if it’s not working properly, it’s damaged or defective, water can leak out. If you see leaks around where the hose enters the machine, the inlet may be the problem. This may also be a loose connection between the valve and the hose, so make sure to take a look there.

To fix this issue: Start by tightening all hose connections. If the leak continues, you’ll need to replace the water inlet valve. This is a more difficult repair that you should contact a professional to do for you.

3. Drain Pump

Why would a washing machine leak from underneath? The drain pump is responsible for pumping water out of the washing machine during the draining cycle. If it’s leaking this will likely be from the front of the washer or can seem like it’s coming from the bottom. If the drain pump is damaged or not working properly, it can cause water to leak out.

To fix this issue: If your model has a drain pump filter, start by cleaning out the filter. If the problem continues, you may need to replace the drain pump. We recommend hiring a professional for this repair.

4. Hoses Leaking

Another common cause of a front load washing machine leaking water is an issue with the hoses. Over time, the hoses can become worn out, loose, kinked, or damaged, which can cause water to leak out. If you find your washing machine leaking from bottom during spin cycle this is a very likely cause.

To fix this issue: First, check for kinks or any loose connections and fix those by unkinking and tightening. Then you’ll need to inspect the hoses to see if there are any cracks or holes and if so you will need to replace the hose. This is a relatively easy repair that you can do yourself, or you can contact a professional to do it for you.

5. Washer Is Overloaded

why would a washing machine leak from underneath

One of the most common causes of a front load washing machine leaking water is overloading. When you stuff too many clothes into your washing machine, it can cause the items to get stuck in the door, or the door seal can break or come loose, which then leads to water spilling out all over the place.

To avoid this issue: Make sure you’re not overloading your washing machine and always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you’re still having issues with your front load washing machine leaking water, or if you need help with any of the repairs we’ve mentioned, please don’t hesitate to contact the professional washer repair team at Handler Appliance. We’ll be able to help you get to the bottom of the issue and get your washing machine back up and running like new again.