Front-loading washers have become the most popular configuration in recent years. They offer convenience and high-tech features, but unfortunately, they’re also more prone to developing leaks. The good news is that not all leaks require professional repair. We’ll discuss how to stop an Electrolux front load washer leaking from the front, back, and other locations to quickly solve the problem.
Why Is My Electrolux Front Load Washer Leaking Water?
A DIY fix or some basic maintenance can usually stop an Electrolux front load washer leaking water. We’ll pinpoint the specific cause at each leak’s location and provide prevention tips to keep it from happening again.
Electrolux Washer Leaking from Door
A washing machine leaking from the front door usually means the door’s gasket isn’t functioning properly. When the door is closed, the gasket creates a tight seal, keeping water and soap inside. However, these issues can compromise the gasket and cause leaks:
- Buildup of dirt and soap residue: Leftover dirt and soap can collect in the gasket and prevent it from sealing properly. Wipe the gasket down with a damp cloth on a weekly basis to remove any accumulated residue.
- Overloading: Too much clothing in the washer drum can push items into the gasket and interfere with its seal. Avoid overloading by only filling the washer ¾ of the way full with each wash cycle.
- Damage: Small objects, like coins or paper clips, can rip or tear the gasket, causing leaks. Always empty clothing pockets before washing. A damaged gasket will need to be replaced.
Washing Machine Leaking from Back
A leaky drain or water inlet hose is typically responsible for an Electrolux washer leaking from the back. Another sign that a hose may be the source of the leak is if you notice the washer leaking during spin cycle. Here’s how to assess for hose issues that can cause leaks:
- Make sure the drain hose is properly secured in the drain pipe.
- Check the water inlet hose connection at both the washing machine and the wall. Connection leaks may require a new O-ring or metal washer.
- Ensure that both hoses are positioned far enough away from the wall. If rubbing and friction have damaged either hose they require replacement.
Washer Leaking from Bottom
Wondering why is water leaking from the bottom of my washing machine? An Electrolux washing machine leaking from bottom can have the following causes:
- Too much detergent: Using too much detergent creates an excess of suds that often leak from the bottom of the machine. Always refer to the detergent package to determine the correct amount for each load.
- Torn tub seal: Over time the seal that binds the two halves of the washer drum can break down and tear, causing leaks. In this case, the seal requires professional replacement.
- Damaged drain pump: If the pump is damaged water will leak underneath the washer during a wash cycle. A damaged pump should also be professionally replaced.
Electrolux Washer Leaking from Soap Dispenser
Using too much detergent can also result in the washing machine leaking soapy water from the dispenser. When pouring detergent, take care to not surpass the fill line. Excessive detergent can also clog the dispenser and lead to a buildup of dirt and residue in the detergent drawer, causing leaks. Wipe down the dispenser, detergent drawer, and drawer compartment regularly with a damp cloth to prevent buildup.
How to Prevent Washer from Leaking
Electrolux front load washer leaking can be prevented with proper use and care and the following front load washer cleaning tips:
- Wipe down the door and gasket on a weekly basis to prevent a buildup of dirt and soap residue.
- Use only HE detergent in an HE washer and refer to package instructions for the proper amounts.
- Clean the detergent drawer regularly to avoid clogs and a buildup of residue.
If your Electrolux front load washer leaking continues, it may be time for a washing machine repair. Call Advance Appliance Service for all your washer repair needs!