Front-Load 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, 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.

If the washer overfills during the cycle causing water to leak out of the door, suspect a faulty water-level pressure witch or a leaking inlet water valve. You may need to replace the water inlet valve assembly if water leaks into the washer and then onto the floor while the washer is turned off.

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These repairs may help solve your front-load washer problem

Replace the washer door boot

Replace the washer 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.

How to replace the door boot on a front-load washer

Front-load washer leaking under the front panel? The door boot might be torn or damaged. This repair guide and video give step-by-step instructions for how to replace a front-load washer door boot.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
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Replace the washer water inlet valve assembly

Replace the washer 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.

How to replace a water inlet valve on a vertical modular top-load washer

When a top-load washer won't fill, or it fills with water even when unplugged, chances are the water inlet valve is to blame. This repair guide and video show how to replace the water inlet valve in 30 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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How to replace the water inlet valve on a direct-drive top-load washer

Is your top-load washer not filling with water, or is it filling even when it's unplugged? Suspect the water inlet valve. This DIY repair guide and video explain how to replace the water inlet valve in less than 30 minutes.

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

If your front-load washer won't fill with water, or if the washer fills with water even when it's unplugged, the problem could be the water inlet valve. This repair guide and video explain how to replace the washer water inlet valve in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the washer water-level pressure switch

Replace the washer 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.

How to replace the water level pressure switch on a direct-drive top-load washer

When a top-load washer overfills with water, or when it won't fill at all, the water level pressure switch might have given out. This repair guide and video show how to replace the water level switch in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Replace the washer outer wash tub

Replace the washer 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.

Symptoms common to all washers

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Main causes: clogged drain hose, house drain clogged, bad drain pump, water-level pressure switch failure, bad control board or timer
Main causes: bad lid switch or door lock, bad timer or electronic control board, wiring failure, bad water inlet valve assembly
Main causes: unbalanced load, loose spanner nut, worn drive block, broken shock absorber or suspension spring, debris in drain pump
Main causes: worn agitator dogs, bad clutch, broken motor coupler, shifter assembly failure, broken door lock, suspension component failure
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, bad pressure switch, broken shifter assembly, faulty control system
Main causes: leaky water inlet valve, faulty water-level pressure switch, bad electronic control board
Main causes: lack of electrical power, wiring failure, bad power cord, electronic control board failure, bad user interface board
Main causes: water heater failure, bad water temperature switch, faulty control board, bad water valve, faulty water temperature sensor
Main causes: no water supply, bad water valves, water-level pressure switch failure, control system failure, bad door lock or lid switch

Repair guides for front-load washers

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 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 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

Articles and videos common to all washers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your washer.

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