While leaky washers are more common in backloading vs. top load washers, leaks do not always mean a serious malfunction. Sometimes a GE front loading washing machine may leak water from some places, usually right when the washer and the drain came together. Some simple fixes can fix this problem:
Preventing a GE Washer Leaking can be difficult to do. If you notice that it is happening when the water pressure is low or regularly washed with hard water, it could result from something clogging the inlet and drain pipes. In these cases, the first thing you should do is check the seal between the inlet and the drain: is it cracked or broken? If it is broken, replace the whole unit.
If the front-load washer is leaking, and it seems to come from the drainpipe, too, the solution is to check the drain itself for blockages and clean it out. An often-overlooked area where leaks can occur is in the detergent dispenser. As you turn on the machine, the detergent goes into the hopper, and as it does, the detergent gets soaked through the seal between the dispenser and the drain. The problem is that the detergent will only get into the drain if the valve is open. To correct this, make sure there is no detergent left in the hopper and close the valve while washing.
Inspect the seal between the drain hose and the motor housing to see if it needs to be replaced. Many times this is covered by the warranty. If not, loosen the hose enough to remove it from the pump and replace it with a new one. This will prevent the leaky part from getting any worse, and you will have a functional machine again. Be sure to check the motor housing itself as well to see if it needs to be replaced.
It is common for people to experience detergent leakage in their homes, especially since many items are lying around. There is no way to predict when a machine will start to leak, but it is helpful to keep all your clothes in a rack or on a hanger when not in use. Keeping them up off the floor will prevent a tremendous amount of mess and stains. If you do experience a GE washer leaking, make sure to catch the problem as soon as possible to avoid any additional damage to your machine and to avoid having to replace it.
One of the most common causes of a GE washer leaking is a tub or shower that is not adequately supported. This could result from an improperly installed trap or a water level control valve that is either too small or defective. Sometimes these leaks occur from poorly manufactured parts. For example, a washer with a tiny water control valve may not have enough water to operate properly. You can often find tub and shower parts sold separately that are made to be used together to achieve the correct water level control.
A similar problem is a dirty drain hose. These leaks are often caused by a dirty or clogged drain hose connected to the washing machine itself. To solve this problem, you will need to take apart the washer and disassemble it under the supervision of a plumber or a home repair expert. Once the parts are removed, you should thoroughly clean the pipes and reinstall them back into the washer.
If you discover that the GE washer leaking seems to occur during a cold winter day, it could be caused by your heating system. Some heaters have what are called “dormant” settings, which means that they do not run to full power when the house is empty. Other heaters will slowly startup when the temperature warms up. Your washer will begin leaking when this happens. This is a relatively simple problem to fix. Still, you should consult a heating expert first to ensure that it is not a more complex issue that can only be resolved with the help of an experienced GE washer repair specialist.