One of the disadvantages of front load vs top load washers is that they can be more prone to leaks. Why is my GE washer leaking water? Leaks from the front door may be due to overloading or dirty buildup that compromises the door seal. Learn the most likely reasons for a front load GE washer leaking water as well as how to stop leaks where they start.
What to Do For a Front Load GE Washer Leaking Water
Finding the right solution for a front load GE washer leaking water depends on the source. We’ll list several common locations for leaks, specify the right DIY fix and offer tips to prevent a recurrence.
Washer Leaks From the Front
If you notice your washer leaking from the front there’s a good chance the gasket isn’t functioning properly. This rubber component around the front door creates a tight seal when the door is closed, preventing water and detergent from leaking. However, trapped clothing, dirt buildup, and damage can compromise the gasket and cause leaks.
Here’s how to assess the gasket if your GE washing machine is leaking from the front:
- Make sure the tub is loaded properly: Crowding the washer tub with too much clothing increases the chance that an item will hang over the gasket and impede its function. Reposition clothing so the gasket is cleared or remove some items to wash in another load.
- Clean the gasket: An accumulation of detergent, dirt, and suds can leave behind a slippery residue that compromises the gasket’s seal. Wipe down the gasket with a damp cloth or a mild multipurpose cleanser to remove any buildup.
- Check for damage: Look for holes or tears that can interfere with the gasket’s seal. A damaged gasket must be replaced to stop the leak.
GE Washing Machine Leaking in Back
When you find your washer leaking from the back, make sure the water inlet and drain hoses are installed correctly. Located at the back of the washer, the water inlet hoses deliver hot and cold water to the washing machine from your home supply. The drain hose transports dirty water from the washer to the drain standpipe or sink. Leaks can develop where the hoses connect to the washer, water supply, or drain standpipe if they’re not installed correctly.
Use these tips to assess your washer hoses for leaks:
- Check hose connections: Make sure each hose is secure at all of its connection points, tightening the valves if necessary.
- Look for damage: A hose that’s leaking from a hole or tear must be replaced.
- Consider a drain hose clog: If you notice that your washer won’t drain properly, check the drain hose for clogs that could be causing backups that result in leaks.
GE Washer Leaks Water Out Bottom
Is your washing machine leaking soapy water from the bottom? An excess of detergent could be responsible for these messy leaks. Too much detergent can leave behind excessive suds that impede draining, often resulting in the washer leaking during spin cycle at the bottom.
When using detergent, refer to the recommendations on the back of the detergent package re: the right amount for your particular wash load. For accuracy, use a standard measuring cup to add liquids and powders in accordance with those recommendations.
Detergent Dispenser is Leaking
Too much detergent can also be to blame when you notice your front load GE washer leaking from the detergent dispenser. Excess liquid or powder can cause a blockage that allows water to back up into the dispenser and leak. It can also create excessive sudsing that finds escape through the dispenser. Following the detergent package’s recommendations and measuring accurately can prevent an excess of suds.
In other instances, a buildup of dirt and detergent residue in the dispenser can cause a blockage that results in leaks.
Here’s how to clean a GE front load washer detergent dispenser to remove dirt and residue:
- Pull out the drawer until it stops and lift it upward to remove it.
- Wash the drawer with warm, soapy water.
- Rinse thoroughly in warm water.
- Wipe out the dispenser compartment with a clean, dry paper towel.
- Replace the dispenser drawer by sliding it fully into the compartment.
Best Ways to Prevent Washing Machine Leaks
Once you stop your washer from leaking, some basic maintenance can prevent leaks from reoccurring.
Follow these tips to prevent washing machine leaks:
- Avoid overloading: filling the washer only ¾ of the way full can lessen the chance of items impeding the door gasket.
- Wash the door and gasket regularly: Regular weekly cleanings can prevent dirty buildup.
- Use the right detergent, in the right amounts: Always use HE detergent with a front load washer and measure accurately with the package’s recommended amounts.
- Run a monthly tub clean cycle: This can ensure that lingering suds, dirt, and residue are dispelled before they accumulate.
Is your front load GE washer leaking after trying these DIY tips? Call Callahan’s Appliance to schedule service with one of our expert technicians.