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WHY IS MY WASHING MACHINE LEAKING?

A leaky washing machine is not only frustrating, but it could lead to costly damage if left unchecked. Get to know the most common causes of washer leaks—and their fixes—by pinpointing the area the leak is coming from.

1. FRONT-LOAD WASHING MACHINE IS LEAKING IN FRONT

A leak coming from the front of a front-load washer is often caused by a damaged or dirty door seal. If the door seal is cracked or loose, it will need to be replaced in order to restore a watertight seal. Always ensure all clothes pockets are empty prior to washing, as objects left in pockets can damage the door seal.

Front leaks can also be caused by soil and soap residue that builds up on the door after a cycle. Regularly clean and wipe down the door seal to prevent small leaks.

To help protect your floor from scuffs, spills, leaks, and overflows, consider installing a washer tray. Learn more about the benefits of washer trays or order one online now through our parts and accessories store.

2. TOP-LOAD WASHING MACHINE IS LEAKING IN FRONT

A leak from the front of a top-load washer could be due to oversudsing. If too much detergent is used, an excessive amount of suds can form. Always follow the instructions on your detergent box—more suds does not equal more cleaning power.

Overloading can also prevent the washer from draining properly, causing leaks. Always follow the loading instructions in your appliance’s Owner’s Manual, being careful not to overstuff the drum.

3. WASHING MACHINE IS LEAKING FROM THE REAR

A rear washer leak is often due to loose or damaged hoses. Inspect all hoses and hand-tighten any loose connections. Also check the hoses for cracks or tears. If you find any damage, replace the hose(s).

4. WASHING MACHINE IS OVERFLOWING

A washing machine that overflows when filling is likely caused by a water valve or pressure switch problem. Turn off the power supply to the washer and contact us for service.

5. WASHING MACHINE LEAKING OIL ON THE FLOOR

Oil leaking from the bottom of your washing machine indicates a problem with the transmission. Washer transmissions cannot be repaired; they must be replaced. Discontinue using the washer and contact us for service.

CAN’T STOP THE LEAK? CALL ON THE PROFESSIONALS

If your washing machine is still leaking—or bigger issues have developed—schedule service with the GE Appliances experts. Our factory-trained technicians are well-equipped to pinpoint, diagnose, and resolve almost any GE Appliance issue—often on the first visit!* Book an appointment online now.

*GE Appliances technicians carry an extensive parts inventory on their service trucks. In the event a part is not available on the service truck, a follow-up service call may be required.
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