Answering A Few Of The Most Common Questions Concerning Front-Load Washer Problems

Posted on: 5 June 2015

When you first bring home a front-load washing machine, there is no question that you will be thrilled to see just how well the appliance works. You get to reap the benefits of incredibly clean clothes, less water usage, and quiet operation that cannot be provided by the traditional top-loading washer design. Even though these washing machines are incredibly resilient and efficient, they can see their fair share of issues over the years just like any other appliance. Here are a few of the most common questions you could eventually have about front-load washer repair.

Will replacing the rubber seal on the door help eliminate the smell of mildew?

The front-load washing machine is designed to be air tight when the washer door is closed to prevent leaks. This air-tight design can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew if moisture is left inside of the tub after a cycle. The rubber seal around the door is only one place where mold and mildew can grow, however, and you may have issues with mildew beneath the tub itself or even in the soap dispensing lines. The best way to eliminate the problem is to have the machine cleaned completely by a professional.

What would be causing a small stream of water down the front of the door when you run the washing machine?

When the rubber seal around the door of the washing machine is either misaligned or damaged, it can cause a small leak. The leak you see may not be very noticeable, and will often start out as a small stream of water dripping down the front of the washer. Make sure your rubber seal is still properly in place. If it is and you still see a leak, it is an indicator that the rubber seal needs to be replaced.

How can you tell if the water regulator is not working?

The water regulator has an internal sensor that monitors how much water you have in the tank with each load. The water is dispersed according to the weight of the clothing in the tub. If the water regulator is not functioning, you could see two different problems. Either your clothes will come out of the washing machine after a cycle without enough water and still filled with soap, or you will still have clothes that are wringing wet. A failed water regulator is a common problem with older model front-load washing machines that will require appliance repair.

Front-load washing machines can last for years if they are properly taken care of and problems are tended to right away when they come up. If you have issues with your washing machine, talk to an appliance repair professional as soon as possible for guidance.