DIY front-load washer repair

If your front-load washer won't drain, makes noise or isn't working at all, check out one of the troubleshooting symptoms below to learn what the problem might be. If you see an error code on your washer's control panel, follow the troubleshooting steps in the error code chart for your model to find and fix the problem.

If you're looking for directions on how to replace a part, our washer repair guides have step-by-step, illustrated information. And don't forget to check out our washer articles and videos page to find out how to get rid of odor in your front-load washer, how to clean the drain-pump filter and much more. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your front-load washer, search for your model number.

Front-Load Washers
Symptoms for front-load washers

Main causes: leaky water supply hoses, clogged drain system, torn door boot, cracked outer tub, overfilling
Main causes: garments left in the washer, damaged spin basket, worn outer tub bearing, faulty drive motor, bad electronic control board
Main causes: bad door lock assembly, wiring failure, bad electronic control board, drain system failure, bad water-level pressure switch
Repair guides for front-load washers

How to replace the door lock assembly on a front-load washer

If your front-load washer won't start because the door won't lock, replace the door lock assembly if it's defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a water inlet valve on a front-load washer

The water valve assembly is the gatekeeper for water entering your front-load washer. You can replace it yourself, following these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace the door boot on a front-load washer

If your washer leaks from under the door panel, replace the rubber door boot if it's torn.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a motor control board on a front-load washer

The motor control board makes sure the motor spins in the right direction and at the right speed. You can install a new motor control board—just follow these 6 steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace the drain pump on a front-load washer

Follow these steps to replace the drain pump if it's not removing water from the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace the direct-drive motor on a front-load washer

These instructions show how to replace a beltless drive motor that attaches directly to the washer spin basket.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace the user interface board in a front-load washer

Follow these steps to replace the user interface board in your front-load washer if the buttons or lights are broken.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace the machine control board in a front-load washer

If the machine control board is completely dead or won't activate the washer components properly, replace it by following these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
Articles and videos for front-load washers

August 25, 2016
Kenmore front-load washer UE error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your Kenmore washer when it displays the UE error code.

August 25, 2016
Kenmore front-load washer LE error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your Kenmore front-load washer when it displays the LE error code.

August 25, 2016
LG front-load washer LE error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your LG front-load washer when it displays the LE error code.

August 25, 2016
Samsung front-load washer nF error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn why a Samsung washer displays the nF error code and how to fix it.

August 25, 2016
LG front-load washer UE error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your LG washer when it displays the UE error code.

August 25, 2016
Samsung front-load washer dc error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your washer when it displays the dc error code -- unbalanced load.

August 25, 2016
Kenmore front-load washer nd error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what to do if your Kenmore washer displays the nd error code.

August 25, 2016
How to get rid of mold in a front-load washer
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn what steps to take to prevent and get rid of moldy odor in a front-load washer.

August 25, 2016
Samsung front-load washer nd error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what to do if your Samsung washer displays the nd error code.

August 25, 2016
Kenmore front-load washer dc error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what steps to take to repair your Kenmore washer when it displays the dc error code -- unbalanced load.

August 25, 2016
Kenmore front-load washer nF error code
By Lyle Weischwill

Learn why a Kenmore washer displays the nF error code and how to fix it.

March 2, 2016
Cleaning the drain pump filter on a front-load washer with no access door video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

See how to access and clean the drain pump filter on a front-load washer without an access door.