While a puddle around your washing machine usually indicates a leak, it doesn’t always signify a major repair. Many leaks often have a simple fix. Why is my front load Whirlpool washer leaking water? The leveling legs may need adjusting so the machine sits evenly on the floor. Use these Whirlpool washer troubleshooting tips to pinpoint the source and solution for leaks.
Why Is My Front Load Whirlpool Washer Leaking Water?
Though obstructions and hose malfunctions are typically responsible for leaks, an unlevel washer and faulty door gasket can also leave puddles. Here’s how to determine what’s responsible for a front load Whirlpool washer leaking water and how to fix it.
Leveling Legs Need Adjustment
If the leveling legs don’t rest evenly on the floor, it can result in a leaky Whirlpool washing machine. An uneven washer will vibrate excessively during use, typically causing leaks from the door. To reduce vibrations and stop the leak, the four leveling legs can be adjusted so they rest evenly.
Some model washers have metal legs, requiring a wrench to loosen the jack nut before raising or lowering them. Others have plastic legs that can be raised or lowered with pliers. Consult your user manual to determine how to adjust the legs on your model washer. After the legs are adjusted, place a carpenter’s level on top of the washing machine to make sure it rests evenly.
Washer Drain Hose Is Obstructed
A front load Whirlpool washer leaking water from the back is often due to a drain hose malfunction. This hose transports used water from the washer to a sink or drain standpipe.
Here’s what to look for when inspecting the drain hose for malfunctions or obstructions:
- Kinks: A kinked hose can restrict water flow, causing leaks. Gently straighten any kinks so water can flow freely.
- Cracks or holes: This type of damage can’t be repaired and requires a drain hose replacement to stop the leak.
- Loose connections: Make sure the drain hose is tightly secured to both the washer and the sink or stand pipe, tightening these connections if necessary.
- Obstructions: If leaks still occur and the machine isn’t draining properly, there may be a drain hose obstruction. Disconnect the hose from the washer and carefully remove any blockages. It may be necessary to disconnect the hose from the stand pipe if an obstruction isn’t initially visible. If the blockage can’t be reached, the hose must be replaced.
Water Inlet Is Leaking
Is your Whirlpool washer leaking water when filling? The water inlet hoses may be leaking. One hose delivers hot water to the machine while the other provides cold water. Though obstructions are not likely, water inlet hoses can be subject to the kinks, damage or loose connections that affect a drain hose.
Inspect the water inlet hoses, straightening any kinks and tightening any loose connections at the valves. If the connection itself is leaking, the water inlet valve may be faulty and require professional replacement. If either hose has a crack or hole that is leaking water, it must be replaced.
Need to Clean Whirlpool Washer Drain Filter
A Whirlpool washer drain filter screens out dirt and foreign objects to prevent them from clogging the drain pump. Why is my Whirlpool washer leaking from the bottom? If the filter becomes blocked with debris, water won’t be able to flow to the pump and exit the washer, causing leaks below. Regular filter cleanings every 6 months can prevent the clogs that cause leaks.
Follow these steps to clean a Whirlpool washer drain filter:
- Open the drawer at the bottom of the washer and release the tabs on either side to remove it completely.
- Place a shallow container under the filter opening to catch draining water.
- Detach the black hose from the hose clip, remove the plug, and drain the hose into the container.
- After draining, replace the hose plug, clip the hose in place and empty the container.
- Place a towel under the filter opening and turn the filter counterclockwise to open.
- Remove any visible debris and rinse the filter under running water.
- Replace the filter by turning it counterclockwise.
- Place the drawer back on its rails, making sure the rails are engaged and locked in place when the drawer is closed.
Leaky Washer Door Gasket
The rubber gasket, or boot, around a front load washer’s door provides a tight seal when the door is closed, preventing leaks. However, if the gasket is compromised, you’ll notice your Whirlpool front load washer leaking from door during a wash cycle.
Inspect the gasket for dirt or trapped clothing that can compromise its seal. Remove any trapped items or use a damp cloth to wipe away dirt and debris. If the gasket is ripped or torn, it must be replaced by a professional washer repair service to stop the leak.
The team at AlphaTek Appliance Repair is here to help when you find your front load Whirlpool washer leaking water. Schedule your expert service today!