Troubleshooting Water and Suds Leaking in a Kenmore Front-Load Washing Machine


Improper liquid detergents used during your Kenmore washer's cleaning cycle can result in excessive sudsing, which leaves residue on clothing and contributes to leaking during use. Kenmore front-loading washers are energy-efficient and require high-efficiency detergents, which are labeled with an "HE" logo on the detergent's bottle. A leak coming from the washer is also an indication of improper draining and requires removing and cleaning out the debris filter to eliminate buildup that blocks the washer's drain.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning brush
  • Bowl
  • Pull out the dispenser drawer slowly to access the dispenser's compartments then pull off the siphon cap in the drawer.

  • Scrub the detergent compartment with a brush to eliminate buildup then secure the cap back into the drawer.

  • Shut the dispenser drawer and pull down on the debris filter door, located on the front of the washer near the bottom of the appliance.

  • Pull out the debris filter's drain tube and put a bowl underneath the tube to catch any liquids.

  • Turn the drain cap counterclockwise to drain water from the debris filter. Pull out the debris cap and wash it off under warm running water.

  • Replace the debris cap back into position and turn it clockwise to lock it into place with the arrow image printed on the cap facing up.

  • Place the drain tube over the drain cap and close the debris filter's door.

  • Remove all clothing from the washer then press "Clean Washer" to rinse out the washer and eliminate any remaining detergent residue.

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