A washing machine keeps water INSIDE to get clothes clean. That’s why if your front load Maytag washer leaks water OUTSIDE, something might be wrong. The steps below can help you find the leak, fix the problem, and prevent your Maytag washer leaking from happening again. Because one thing is certain: laundry stops for no one.

Front-Load Maytag Washer Leaking? Here’s What to Look For…

When you have a front load washer leaking, the first step in stopping the leak is to pinpoint the source. The leak’s location dictates how it can be fixed. Follow our step-by-step guide below to find the cause of the leak and prevent future leaks from occurring.

Of note: The following information discusses basic troubleshooting for a Maytag washer leaking and maintenance tips. Attempting washer repairs and/or parts replacement on your own could result in damage to your machine, walls, or floors. Give Sharper Service Solutions a call with any kind of question. We’re here to help!

Washer Leaking From The Front

If your front load washer is leaking from the front, specifically leaking during a spin cycle, it’s a safe bet that dirt on the door glass and gasket is the cause. A build-up of soap residue and grime will keep the washer door from sealing correctly during use. Luckily, cleaning the door and gasket should solve the problem so grab a trusty pair of rubber gloves and follow these steps:

  1. Mix a cleaning solution of ¾ cups bleach to 1 gallon of water
  2. With a soft cloth and this solution, wipe down the door glass, specifically the bottom where the glass meets the gasket
  3. Wipe the outside of the gasket with the same cloth and solution. Then clean all residue from inside the gasket.
  4. Run a tub clean cycle using a tub cleaning tablet

These steps should stop your washer leaking from the front by improving the door and gasket’s seal. Follow these steps regularly, if not after every wash, to prevent against your Maytag washer leaking again.

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Washer Leaking From the Back

Washer leaking from the back usually indicates a build-up of soap residue. This often occurs if you’re using too much detergent or a kind that isn’t recommended for your model machine. Either circumstance creates too many suds during a wash cycle and you’ll notice your washing machine leaking soapy water from the safety air vent in the back.

Our blog on how to determine if you’re using too much soap in your washer can help you make this diagnosis. To stop rear leaks, run the tub clean cycle 3 consecutive times with a tub cleaner, using a new cleaning tablet each time. If using a liquid or powder tub cleaner, run the tub clean cycle once/week for the next 3 weeks to prevent future leaks.

Detergent Dispenser Leaking

Leaking from the detergent dispenser occurs when water and soap build-up accumulate, causing water to drip downward from the dispenser. To fix this type of leak, try these steps:

  1. Pull the dispenser drawer fully outward
  2. Press the push button to release the drawer
  3. Remove each component of the drawer gently. The tabs on each are delicate.
  4. Wash all components with warm water and a soft cloth, removing all visible residue
  5. Rinse the drawer under warm water to remove any residue
  6. Inspect the drawer cavity for build-up and wipe away with a wet cloth
  7. Reinstall the drawer and its components when they are completely dry

Repeating these steps regularly should prevent your front load washer leaking from the detergent dispenser.

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Tips to Prevent Washer Leaks

Cleaning your door glass, gasket, washer tub and detergent dispenser drawer regularly, as illustrated above, will go a long way in preventing your Maytag washer leaking.

Double check to make sure you’re using the right detergent. Front load washers require HE (high-efficiency) detergent in smaller amounts. Your Maytag washer manual will tell you the right amount of detergent to use for your model.

Run a tub clean cycle once a month to keep your machine running optimally. And if you find that you’re still experiencing leaking issues after following these steps, be sure to call the repair experts at Sharper Service Solutions.