7 Common Problems With Front Load Washing Machines [With Solutions]

Let’s face it, washing machines are not without any issues. People like me who are machine-dependent for washing their laundry will definitely face several problems, especially when it comes to front-loading washing machines. So, if you are thinking about getting a front-load washer, you must know about the problems first.

Here are a few problems you might face with front-loading washing machines:

  • Rapid Mold Problems
  • Overloading Issues
  • Drainage issues
  • Control panel issues
  • Require More Maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Develop Leakage Around The Door Seal

In this article, I will be discussing all the problems you might face while using a front load washing machine and how you can deal with those problems. So, let’s get started.

Rapid Mold Growth

Let’s be honest. The mold problem is something we all have faced at some point in our washing machines. This problem is more severe and common in front-loading washing machines than in top-loading ones.

The most common question is, how do you realize that your front-load washing machine is developing molds?

Well, in my experience, initially, you will notice a musty smell, and that’s when you will start noticing molds. Molds grow and thrive in the damp places of washing machine that stays damp for a long time.

Front-loading washing machines provide the proper environment for molds to grow rapidly when you don’t use your washing machine for a while or don’t clean them on a regular basis.

The bottom line is mold growth in front-loading washing machines is a very common problem that can cause a musty smell and pose health risks. Mold thrives in damp environments, and washing machines can provide the perfect conditions for mold to grow, especially if they are not used frequently or are not cleaned regularly.

Here are some common causes of mold growth in front-load washing machines that I have found:

  • Moisture: From what I have seen, front-load washing machines retain more moisture after use than top-loading washing machines. If the door seal or gasket is not properly sealed, or if the machine is not properly ventilated, this can allow excess moisture to accumulate, leading to mold growth.
  • Leakage of Water: If there are any leaks in your front load washing machine, the water can collect inside the machine and create a breeding ground for mold very easily. 
  • Improper Ventilation: If the washing machine is not properly ventilated, the humid air inside the machine will condense, and this will lead to mold growth inside your washing machine.
  • Detergent Residue: If you don’t rinse the detergent off properly, it can leave a residue on the clothes and as well as inside the machine, which will definitely contribute to mold growth.
  • Lack of cleaning: Front-load washing machines should be cleaned on a day-to-day basis to prevent mold from growing. If you don’t clean the machine regularly, this can lead to mold growth.
  • Water temperature: Using water that is too cold (below 80°F) can cause detergent and other residues to accumulate in the machine. This leads to rapid mold growth. That’s why I would recommend using warm water even when you are cleaning your front-loading washing machine.
  • Water hardness: Hard water usually contains more minerals, and if your water supply has a high level of minerals, this can cause soap scum and other deposits to build up inside your machine, which can eventually contribute to mold growth.

Now let’s talk about controlling mold growth in your front-loading washing machine.

No matter how careful you are, you will not be able to get rid of mold growth completely if you don’t know about its causes of it.

Since we have discussed the causes earlier, now let’s talk about how you can prevent molds from growing.

To prevent mold growth in your washing machine, you should do the following:

  • Keep your machine clean
  • Fix any water leaks ASAP 
  • Also, make sure that the machine is properly ventilated. [Source]

Tips: If you do notice mold growth in your washing machine, you should clean it immediately to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Door Seal Leaks:

The door seal on a front-loading washing machine is prone to leaks, which can cause water to leak out of the machine. You will not face this problem in top-load washers.

If the door seal on your front-loading washing machine is leaking, try to address the issue as soon as possible.

People who use a front-loading washing machine will face this problem today or tomorrow. However, If the installation is incorrect, then you might face this problem from the very beginning with your front-loading washing machine.

I looked up the internet and found the most common causes of this problem.  Door seals can become worn or damaged over time, especially if they are not properly maintained. If the seal is damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, if the door seal is not installed correctly, it may not create a proper seal when the door is closed due to improper fitting. So, after installation, check if the seal is leaking or not.

How to Fix This Problem?

To fix a door seal leak on a front load washer, you will need to follow the steps below:

  • First, unplug the washer and turn off the water supply.
  • Then, remove the screws or clips that hold the door seal in place.
  • Carefully lift the door seal off of the washer and Inspect the door seal for any damage.
  • If the door seal is damaged, you will need to get new parts from the manufacturer and replace the door. Otherwise, just clean it and reattach it.
  • To clean the door seal, you can use a mixture of water and mild detergent. Use a soft cloth or sponge for cleaning. Once the door seal is clean and dry, reattach it to the washer. If you have successfully removed the door, reattaching it back is going to be easy.
  • Now, all you have to do is, plug the washer back in and turn the water supply back on and check if the problem is fixed.

If the problem still persists, then you might need to ask for professional help. But I can assure you if you follow the process carefully, the problem will be gone. However, you have to make sure if the door seal is broken, you have used a door seal that is specifically designed for your model. Or else it won’t fit properly.

Control Panel Issues:

Control panel issues are very common for both top and front-load washers. But for some weird reason, front-loading washing machines have more complex functionality than top-loading ones.

Also, I have seen people who use front-loading washing machines complain more about functional issues related to the control panel of the washer.

The easiest solution that I can come up with is just to follow the manual carefully. Every model and brand has a different type of control panel for their washer. So, there is no single solution that will fit all.

Longevity:

As there are lots of moving parts in the front-loading washing machine, longevity is a major issue.

The lifespan of a front-load washer can be reduced for various reasons. To make sure your washing machine lasts for a long time, don’t miss the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

Also, avoiding overloading your washer can cause damage and reduce its lifespan. 

One day, I heard from an expert that regularly cleaning the lint filter is necessary to prevent clogs and improve the machine’s efficiency and durability.

If you notice any issues with your washing machine, address them promptly to prevent further damage.

Here’s a table showing different types of Washing machines and their average lifespan:

Type of Washing MachineAverage Lifespan
Front-loading12 Years
Top-loading8 Years
Stackable10 Years
Portable6 Years

Front Loading washing machines can last longer than other types of washers if you can maintain them properly. The numbers in this table are just average. Your front-loading washing machine can last even 15 years if you get it from a good brand and take care of it properly.

Issues After Overloading:

Let’s face it, we all have tried overloading our washers at least once in our lifetime. If you have done this, don’t worry; you are not alone.

Actually, overloading damages the machine badly. Especially front-loading washing machines have a tendency to become unbalanced when they are overloaded.

Many people have reported that their front-loaded washing machine either stopped working or started vibrating after they had done it.

The solution to this problem is very simple. Don’t overload! Just check the capacity of your washer beforehand. That’s it.

Related Questions:

Do All Front Loading Washers Have Mold Problems?

Yes, all front-loading washers have mold problems if the machine is not ensured with proper maintenance and cleaning. No matter which brand your washing machine is from; if it’s a front loader, it will develop molds if cleaning and maintenance guidelines are not followed.

How Many Years Does a Front Loading Washing Machine Last?

A front-loading washing machine can easily last around 12 years. However, the actual lifespan can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the quality of the machine, how well it is maintained, and how frequently it is used.

What Are The Disadvantages of a Top Load Washing Machine?

Most top-load washing machines have the following disadvantages:

  1. They use more water.
  2. They are less energy efficient than portable and front-loading washers.
  3. They have a shorter lifespan than front-loading ones because of having more moving parts.

Final Thoughts:

The most irritating issue that you are going to face using a front-load washing machine is the growth of molds.

If you can cope with that, I think front-loading washers are a better choice than other types of washers because of their unmatched longevity. Thanks for reading! I hope this article was helpful.

Asif Iqbal

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