With their superior washing capabilities and high-efficiency standards, front load washing machines have become quite the popular laundry room appliance. LG Appliances, including their washers and dryers, are known for their quality and performance ratings, with a modern approach to design and style. However, even the highest quality washers develop problems over time. Front-load washers are more prone to leaking issues compared to top-loading. Is your LG front load washer leaking? Let’s review the possible causes, and how to stop and prevent leaks.
Why is my LG Front Load Washer Leaking?
When you have a leaking washer, it may seem like a serious malfunction. Depending on where the leak is located and the source of the leak, most LG front load washers can be fixed with a simple DIY solution or a straightforward repair. The first step in LG washer troubleshooting is to find the source and location of the leak.
Washer Detergent Dispenser is Leaking
Over time, detergent residue can build up inside of the detergent drawer or dispenser. Eventually, this residue prevents the dispenser from properly functioning. Luckily, this type of leak is generally an easy at-home fix. Simply remove the drawer and its components, rinse with warm water, and gently scrub off any stubborn residue. Reinstall the drawer and components once they are dry. Cleaning the detergent dispenser should be part of your regular front load washer cleaning maintenance.
Washer Leaks from the Front
Is your LG washing machine leaking soapy water from the front? Don’t panic! First, check the door and the gasket surrounding it for any build-up of dirt or soap residue. If you find any of this gunk in this critical area, it’s likely the culprit for your washer leaking from the front.
A dirty gasket is a leaky gasket. Thankfully, this troubling leak has an easy solution you can do yourself. Grab some rubber gloves and follow these steps:
- Make a Cleaning Solution : Mix 3/4 cups of bleach into 1 gallon of warm water.
- Thoroughly Clean the Door : Use a soft cloth soaked in cleaning solution to wipe down the door glass, especially where the door meets the gasket.
- Throughly Clean the Gasket : Gently scrub down the exterior of the gasket with the same cloth and solution. You’ll also want to peak inside the gasket and clean any residue from it’s interior.
- Run a Clean Cycle: Run a tub clean cycle using a tub cleaning tablet.
To prevent your washer leaking from the front, make sure to keep your front load washing machine door and gasket clean. We recommend repeating the above steps once every month to keep your LG washer running smoothly.
Washer Leaking in the Back
Is your washer leaking from the back? More often than not, an LG washing machine leaks water from the back due to a build-up of that dreaded gunk composed of soap residue and cleaning particles. Most washing machines have an air vent on the backside. When your washer creates too many suds, or the wrong type of detergent is used, this gunk can become a real problem, pushing soapy water out of the air vent.
Most front-load washing machines require HE (high-efficiency) detergent. Using the incorrect detergent, or too much of it, can attribute to an LG front load washer leaking.
To stop a washer leaking from the back, we recommend running a tub clean cycle 3 consecutive times with a tub cleaner. Make sure to use a new tablet with each new cycle.
To prevent future issues of a washer leaking from the back, we recommend running a tub clean cycle with a tub cleaner tablet once a week.
How to Prevent a Leaky Washer
Ensuring the door, gasket, detergent dispenser, and washer tub are clean and free from build-up will help prevent LG front load washer leaking from occurring. Make a habit of following the above maintenance tips once a month, every month, to keep LG washing machine leaks from occurring.
If you find that you’re still experiencing washer leaks after following the above steps, it may be time to call in a professional. Schedule service today for your washer repair with Maughanster Appliance Repair. We guarantee our highly-trained professional technicians will provide a 5-star service experience for all of your appliance repair needs.