My washing machine water shut-off valve behind the washer is leaking. I have made sure the hoses are tight but the leak seems to be coming from from another part of the valve. When I put the valve handle in the upright position the water is turned off to the washer. When I pull back on the water valve handle the water turns on to the washing machine. If I turn the valve completely off, no water leaks. The valve is only leaking when I have the valve in the turned on or open position. The water leaks out in the area where the valve handle connects to the valve and sometimes under the things that look like big flat head screws. It is not a very bad leak, it is not spraying everywhere. It is just a very slow drip but enough to get the wall wet. I don’t want the wall to get mold on it and I am afraid that the leak could get worse. Can you guys provide a me a very simple, easy fix that a non technical person can follow?
The easiest way to fix a leaking washer water valve is to replace the o-rings or bushings. This is an easy fix and involves turning off water, disassembling the valve, and replacing the old worn out o-rings, bushings, or Teflon rings. The most common reason for a leaking washing machine water valve is loose hose connections or worn out o-rings/bushings.
NOTE: There are various types of washer shut-off valves. This page will help you to better understand the different types of valves and how to fix a leak yourself. See the images and videos below for the different types of valves that may be behind your washing machine.
First, check to be sure the water hoses are tight. Also check the o-rings in the water hoses where the hose screws onto the valve. Make sure the water hose o-rings are smooth and not ripped, broken, or too compressed. If the hoses are not leaking and the leak is coming directly from the valve itself, then replacing the o-rings should fix the leak. If the water valve has a crack in it, then it cannot be repaired. If you do find an actual crack in the valve itself, it will need to be removed and replaced.
To replace the bad leaky o-rings or bushings fast and easy, look up the exact type of valve you have. There are usually 3 different types of water valves used for washing machines. Find the correct type you have by searching Google for “Washing machine water valve” and search under images to find a picture of one that looks just like yours. Once you know the exact water valve type you have, search for a valve kit or plumbing valves for your water on/off valve. A repair kit will consist of o-rings, bushings, plastic packing nuts, and possibly plastic or Teflon inserts that are used to rebuild the valve and fix the leak. O-rings and bushings can wear out over time so replacing them is needed when leaks occur.
Try this easy fix if the leak is at the handle:
1 – To repair certain types of washer water valves, first turn off the leaky valve with the handle. Use a crescent wrench and tighten the nut (clockwise) at the base of the stem while holding the handle in place.
2 – Open and close the valve multiple times. If the leak has stopped, you have fixed the leak by simply tightening the nut. If the valve still leaks, the o-ring or bushing on the packing nut needs to be replaced. Replace and test. If no leaks you have successfully fixed the leak. If not see below…
How to replace a common washer connection head
To fully rebuild your washer water valve, use this method below:
1 – Turn off the water supply to your complete home (usually located outside and under a panel or along the exterior of the house).
2 – Remove the screw or nut that holds the handle of the washer valve to the valve stem and remove the handle off the stem.
3 – Take off the nut (counterclockwise) with your crescent wrench. Remove the rubber o-ring or fiber Teflon disk bushing inside the valve by sliding it off the stem. You may need a flat head screwdriver to remove the bushing if it is compressed.
4 – Get a new bushing/o-ring/fiber Teflon disk and put it onto the stem where the old one you just removed was. Put the nut on the stem and tighten it down with your crescent wrench.
5 – Put the handle back on the stem.
6 – Once fully assembled and tightened, put the valve in the off position.
7 – Open the main water supply valve to the house and test the washer water valve for leaks.
Leaky Washing Machine Valve Fix
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