Here is a troubleshooting guide to repair and fix your leaky washing machine… Instead of calling a repairman and spending from $75 to $200 dollars on a service call, here are the most common reasons your washing machine will leak. We will assist you on diagnosing and repairing that leaky top load or front load washer. Whether it has flooded the room or it is a small dripping leak, you will find the DIY solutions to fixing it yourself right here.
The MOST COMMON REASON a washing machine will leak is clothing overload and or excessive suds. If your washer leaks, first try removing the clothing after the cycle, run the machine with NO CLOTHES and NO DETERGENT on the quickest wash cycle. This is to determine if you have a true leak or if the machine was simply overloaded. If the machine still leaks then you have a genuine leak. If it does not leak then you probably had the machine overloaded. NOTE: Make sure you are using an HE (high efficiency) detergent with your front loading washer. If you are not, the machine will create excessive suds and will leak or stop the tub mid cycle.
The next area to check is the water supply and drain hose at the back of the washer. There is one hot water hose, one cold water hose, and one drain hose. We know it may be difficult to move your washer away from the wall so try this first… To tell which hose may be leaking, observe the washer during different wash cycles. If the washer leaks from the back when filling with water, then more than likely one of the water supply hoses are not tight or need replaced. If the washer leaks when in the spin or drain cycle, it may be that the drain hose is not properly secured or needs replaced. If the washer leaks from the bottom or underneath when in wash mode, the leak is coming from a part that is inside your washer.
If the hoses are in good working order, check to be sure your washer is on level ground. Sometimes a washing machine can move around when in the spin cycle. Make sure it is not leaning in any certain direction. Your washing machine may have feet that can be extended or retracted to get the washer level. If your washer is on a level surface then you can rule out this as to why your washer is leaking.
If you have a front loading washer, the door may have a warped, cracked, or missing door seal. Check to be sure that there is not any buildup of soap or residue on the door seal as this may prevent the door from fully closing properly.
The washer fill valves may be faulty. The washer fill valves are located on the back of the washer. The water that comes into your washer are controlled by these valves. If one of the valves is bad, a leak can occur. Slide the washer out and inspect the valves for leaks.
Check the hot and cold water tap spigots (faucet) on the wall behind the washer. The water supply valves can leak and make it seem as if your washing machine is leaking.
There are hoses and clamps inside your washer that may have become worn or loose. Safely remove the main panel on your washer and visually check every hose and clamp to see if you spot the problem.
It may be possible that the drain that the drain hose drains into is clogged. Check to be sure you do not have a clogged drain.
If none of the above “washer leaking” solutions have helped you… Is your washer more than 20 years old? Are there signs of rust? Do some of the controls not work properly? These may be signs that your washer has reached the end of its life cycle. You may want to consider searching for a new washer and putting an end the the old one you are constantly trying to repair.
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