Washer: Front-load washer leaks

Puddles on the laundry room floor? First make sure the water supply hoses are firmly connected to the back of the washer and aren't damaged. Also check the washer drain system for a clog or restriction that could cause drain water to back up. Then, if you have a front-load washer, check the folds in the door boot for a hole. Damage to the outer wash tub—the stationary plastic tub outside the spin basket—could also cause a leak.

These repairs may help solve your Washer problem:

Replace the washer door boot

Door boot

The door boot on a front-load washer is a flexible bellows-like seal that prevents leaks. Physically examine the boot for tears or holes, checking between the folds of the door boot. If the boot is damaged, replace it.

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Repair or replace the washer drain pump

Drain pump

The drain pump removes water from the washer at the appropriate times during the wash cycle. The pump's bearing can seize, the seal can fail or the impeller blades can break. The belt on a belt-driven pumps can break, and the pulley can shear off. A humming noise when the washer is full of water is a common symptom of a failing pump. In some cases, you can repair the pump by clearing it of debris, fixing wiring failures or replacing a seal. If the pump can't be repaired or rebuilt, replace it.

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Replace the washer water inlet valve assembly

Water inlet valve assembly

The water inlet valve assembly is a set of electrically operated water valves that control the fill function in the washer. Replace the water valve assembly if the washer won't fill because a valve doesn't open or if the washer overfills because the valve doesn't close.

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Replace the washer water-level pressure switch

Water-level pressure switch

The water-level pressure switch detects the water level in the wash tub. If the water-level pressure switch is defective, the washer won't fill properly. It could not fill at all or it could overfill even to the point of overflowing. If the pressure switch doesn't accurately detect and control the water level in the washer, replace it.

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Replace the washer outer wash tub

Outer wash tub

The outer washer tub houses the inner metal spin basket. The other tub is stationary and usually made of plastic. The outer tub can leak if it's damaged. Replace the outer tub if an inspection reveals a crack or hole in the tub.

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.