One of the biggest concerns with getting a front-load washing machine is that it will start to leak. However, if you have one, it has likely worked for years without even a droplet of water escaping. This is because front-load washing machines are designed to be very good at forming a seal and preventing a leak from ever happening. Even the door design helps prevent leaks on its own. However, if you have found water leaking out of it, what is going wrong?
The answer to this is actually quite simple, as there is really only one thing that can malfunction and cause it – the door seal. Technically, if your washer door is cracked or physically damaged, it can cause leaking, but you would notice that pretty quickly. The door seal, however, is less noticeable. This huge round of flexible plastic is what keeps water in. However, it can wear down like any part. Typically what happens is that it gets less pliable as the seal gets older. It doesn’t form a seal correctly when this happens or the plastic ends up cracking.
As the water gets splashed against the door during the washing process, it will then find its way through the gaps in the seal and out the front. In most cases, the leak won’t be very dramatic. You may notice just a small puddle after the wash cycle is done.
If you have replaced the door seal to your washer and still notice problems, it may be because water is not actually leaking out the front, but coming out the bottom. If this is the case, then there is likely a problem with the drain pump or the hosing in the washer.
Regardless of where the leak is coming from, it needs to be addressed not just because it is damaging your appliance, but those leaks will damage your flooring quickly as well.