LG washer front loader leaks

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Old 07-25-07, 11:40 AM
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LG washer front loader leaks

Model is WM0532HW less than two years old. At the start of the washing cycle (not sure exactly when the leak happens), I always find water on the ground right in front of the washer. The water is not a lot, but I'm afraid if the problem isn't fixed it can only get worse. Are these machines known to leak like that ? The gasket right behind the door seems ok. Thanks.
 
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Old 10-11-07, 08:00 AM
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I've got the same problem.

Originally Posted by moonlite View Post
Model is WM0532HW less than two years old. At the start of the washing cycle (not sure exactly when the leak happens), I always find water on the ground right in front of the washer. The water is not a lot, but I'm afraid if the problem isn't fixed it can only get worse. Are these machines known to leak like that ? The gasket right behind the door seems ok. Thanks.
Did you get any answer to this? We discovered this problem a few days ago.
 
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Old 10-15-07, 08:09 PM
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LG Washer Leak

I also have an LG front loader washing machine that leaked small amounts of water at the front, under the drawer. I have fixed the problem, but I don't know how long it will last.

I think washing in hot water deforms the drawer unit and causes water to go where it shouldn't. This seems to happen particularly often with LG machines.

How to fix: NB: repair men may not agree with this method, as it may affect how easy it is to fix future problems. Your washer may be different as it is a different LG model.

1. Remove the lid of the washing machine by removing 2 screws from behind.(Power and water off etc.) You will probably see rust on the steel above the drawer unit.
2. Remove the drawer.
3. Label all hoses leading to the drawer unit (for re-assembly) and remove the hoses.
4. Remove the drawer unit - a bit fiddly. (2 screws at front of washer at either side of drawer unit need to be removed.)
5. Remove the lid from the drawer unit. Thouroughly wash out the drawer unit. Also wash out the drawer. (I forgot whether the lid can be removed before removing the whole unit from the machine.)
6. There is a thin hose leading from the drawer unit to the drain in the back of the washer - make sure this hose is not blocked. Remove hose and run water through it.
7. Re-assemble everything into the washer.
8. This is the contraversial bit: (The drawer unit should be fully installed but the drawer is still removed)
- Silicone seal the gap between the drawer unit and the plastic at the front of the washer, (Seal all round, but especially at the top. It should be possible to do this neatly, Try to get silicone fully into the gap, not just between the two pieces of plastic. (I flexed down the plastic at the top of the drawer unit to get silicone into the gap.
9. Replace the drawer and wait a day before using the machine.

This worked for me, I can't guarantee that it will work for anyone else. A repair-man would replace the drawer and the drawer unit.
 
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Old 10-16-07, 07:23 PM
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Check for rips or tears in the boot between the tub and the door.
 
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Old 10-16-07, 10:22 PM
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LG Washer Leak

My suggestion will only work if the problem is with the detergent drawer. In another forum someone suggested to block the two front water inlet holes on the lid of the drawer unit in order to fix the same problem.

If there is only a small amount of water on the floor below the drawer, and there is rust inside the machine above the drawer, then it is likely to be a problem with the drawer.

Otherwise it could be another cause.

Leaks through the rubber are unlikely in a new machine, but something may have damaged the rubber.
 
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Old 10-21-07, 03:09 AM
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LG waher leaks again

After thinking I had solved the leaky washer problem by sealing the drawer unit, my LG Front loader leaks again. Apparently all leaks are visual, so it should be possible to see the leak when the covers are off and the machine is going - (beware danger of touching live electrical components.)

In my washer the water pump is close to the position of the leak according to the diagram I found at;

http://www.stokes-aus.com.au/StokesAP/ and click on "Downloads & Forms" > "Manufacturer Product Information" > "LG" > "Washing Machines and Dryers"

I have already checked the rubber seal around the door.

It appears that leaks can have many causes and you just have to look around. I thought I could help others but I haven't even fixed my own washer yet. Good luck.
 
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Old 10-23-07, 05:02 AM
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LG Washer leak fixed

On the front of the washer at the bottom, behind the square panel, is the access to the pump filter. (Water will escape when the large screw cap is undone). There is a rubber o-ring which keeps the water from escaping through this cap. In my washer, small amounts of water were leaking through this cap during the wash. There was no leak unless water was under pressure during the wash.

I put teflon plumbers tape under the rubber o-ring. I separated the cap into two components by prying it apart with a screwdriver. I cut a thin pice of plastic from a CD cover into the shape of a small circle to use as packing between the two components of the cap. In this way the o-ring provides a tighter seal. Also the areas where contact is made were cleaned.

As far as I can tell this has fixed the problem. Possibly the drawer was leaking also - as described previously.
 
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Old 03-25-09, 10:05 AM
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Has anyone replaced the gasket/boot on an LG front loader? Mine is damaged and the machine is leaking. Is it difficult? expensive?
 
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Old 03-25-09, 03:58 PM
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^the hard part about changing the door boot is getting the cable and spring back on.

may be easier to remove the whole front panel(not required) so you can get to that spring. there is a special tool for this job but can be done without it especially if you take the front panel off.
 
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