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Washer Leaks Under Washing Machine

Why does my washer leak? 13 reasons… I recently sold my Whirlpool and got a Kenmore front load washer. I just found a puddle of water under my washing machine. I am not sure if someone spilled water or if the washer is leaking. If it is leaking, I do not know if it is leaking during the fill cycle, during spin cycle, from the drain hose, or when the washer is not in use. I do not want to call an appliance repair company to fix my washer until I know for sure. I live in a condo on the second floor so I don’t want water leaking into my neighbor’s condo and I don’t want to be using a washer that is leaking every time I do a wash. Is there something I can easily check to be sure the washing machine is not leaking underneath?

Water Puddle Under Washing Machine - Is It Leaking Or Is It A SpillWater Puddle Under Washing Machine – Is It Leaking Or Is It A Spill?

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1If you have a puddle of water under your washing machine, first be sure it is not a water or juice spill from your children or someone else. Use a towel and soak up the water under the washer. Make sure you completely soak up all the water until the area under your washing machine is completely dry. After you soak up all the water under the washer, keep reading below…

2Run a complete wash cycle as you normally do with clothing in it. Once the washer has completed the wash, check under the washer for any water under or around the washer.

3Run another complete wash cycle to be sure, as the washer may be leaking water at a slow rate and washing 2 times will help you to determine if it is the washer that is leaking. If you see no leaks under the washing machine, then you can just assume someone spilled something and some of it got under the washer. No further action is necessary.

4 – However if you do find water under the washing machine after running a wash cycle, then there IS something leaking under or around the washer. To fix the small leak, it may be something easy such as tightening a hose, changing o-rings, or replacing a water inlet filter screens. Keep reading below for the most likely part or parts on your washer that may be leaking…

5Check the 2 water supply hoses that connect from the wall to your washing machine. First be sure they are not cracked or ripped. Make sure they are very tight. Run a test wash. If the water supply hoses are still leaking after tightening, you may need to replace the o-rings that go on the output and input sides of the washer water hoses – 4 in total. Replace all 4 and run a test wash again. NOTE: When water leaks during the fill cycle, it usually means the water supply hoses are loose.

Universal washing machine water hose from wall to washerUniversal washing machine water hose from wall to washer

6 – Water supply hoses to your washer usually have a mesh screen filter where the water hose connects to the washer. If these are very dirty and blocked, these also can cause a water leakage. Check the water hose mesh screen filters to be sure they are not clogged and causing a leak by not letting the water fully enter the washer.

7 – Be sure your washer is completely level by adjusting the washers feet. Use a level and place it on top of your washer to be sure. If the washer is not level, it can leak out water as washers are designed to be used on a fully flat surface. The washer legs are there so if your floor is not level you can level the washer easily.

8 – Be sure your washer is NOT overloaded with too much clothing or blankets. If overloaded the water may leak out. Always use the proper amount of clothing when washing and try to no overload.

9 – When washing, be sure you are not adding excess HE detergent or adding the wrong detergent as this can cause excess suds and cause the washer to leak. Be sure you are using the correct HE washer detergent.. check your manufacturer’s manual to be sure you are using the amount it recommends.

10Check and be sure the drain hose is 100% secure to the drainpipe or stand pipe. If loose it may leak and leave water on the floor or under the washing machine. Also be sure the drain where the washing machine water flows out is not blocked or clogged.

11 – Be sure the washer drain plug is removed. If your washer is new then it comes with a drain plug that will need to be taken out before you connect a drain hose. NOTE: If you run a wash cycle and the plug is not removed, the washing machine will not drain correctly and water will end up on the floor.

12 – If all hoses and hose parts are tight and in good condition, then the next thing to check is… internal hoses for draining or filling may be loose or faulty. Check inside to be sure all is secure and no leaks are present.

13 – If washer leaks when not in use, simply check the water hoses at the back of washer as they are most likely loose or are brittle and need replaced.

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17 thoughts on “Washer Leaks Under Washing Machine”

  1. After washing a load of clothes I notice water on the floor. I have watched as the washer went through a full cycle to see if the water is coming from the hose in the back but nothing. Is the a hose or pipe that is at the bottom of the washer? That is where the water is coming from.

  2. I did laundry two days ago and after there was maybe a little water but not a lot underneath the washer. Today I went down to the basement again because I could smell detergent when my air was on & there was a lot of water on the ground that wasn’t there two days ago. It smelled a bit like detergent. I checked the drain pipe and it is dry. I felt underneath the washer and it’s possible the pump is wet but I can’t tell really well. Is it possible for a washer to leak 2 days after you use it? I took the panels off a couple of days ago and the tubing didn’t look cracked but I’m not sure why there is water today when it’s not being used. I live in a condo- not sure if that matters.

  3. I have the same problem as Stephanie above. I have an LG front load can find no leaks when running a load but after the cycles are all done I find water in the pan the next morning with no cycle running to cause the leak. Checked hoses, drains, replaced drain to waste pump and nothing is leaking anywhere during cycles but water appears after cycles are complete. Opportunities for cause?

  4. Frederick Rosebush

    Where the water connects to the washer, there is water pooling. I guess where the celonoids are?

  5. LG Tromm front loader.
    The clothes in the machine stay dry while a large puddle of water forms underneath.
    I have turned off the water to the intake hoses and checked the intake filters. They seem clear. Is there a way to turn over the machine to see if something is loose?
    Any ideas as to what could cause the water underneath and dry clothes?

  6. Ivation compact miniwasher 1.6cu.
    Leaks when on rinse/spin? cycle.
    Puddle at bottom of washer.

  7. I live in a rented home. My washer is in the garage. I had a washer that began leaking water out under it while it loaded water in to wash. The washer completely filled and ran as usual just had water coming out from under, running out of garage door and down driveway into the street. Then one day it didn’t fill but the water poured out straight through the washer to the floor and down the drive. I had a newer washer that I had gotten so I switched the washers and reconnected everything. Washed two loads of clothes with no leaks at all. Then today I start another load and the water is pouring out from under the newer washer on the right hand side. The hoses are not leaking and the drain is not leaking but water is coming out as it fills, to the floor of the garage out the garage door and down my drive again. What could be the problem?? I don’t think it would be the washer since it did the exact same thing with the other washer. I am baffled and don’t know what to do. Everything is connected correctly I think. No leaks from the hoses at all just from under the right side of the washer. Please help!!! Thank you!!!

  8. hey mine is doing the same thing and Samsung and Home Depot refuse to replace the unit even tho we just got it a few months ago… did you have this issue fixed? Im at my whits end!!!

  9. I have an older Bosch Nexxt front loading washing machine that is throwing me an error code 85. What does that mean?

  10. LG WM4270HVA washing machine leak large amount of water doing drain. Does not matter what cycle I have machine on? any ideal what it could be?

  11. My new Samsung front load washer leaks water from underneath only when I wash blankets doesn’t matter what cycle or always leaks but only on blankets and I’m not overfilling the washer.
    It can be one blanket or two but always leaks

  12. Hi my washing machine is leaking from inside the washing machine where the clothes go in.
    Is this a major problem how do a fix the problem?
    Can I still wash my clothes in the meantime or better to fix it first?

  13. I noticed a large puddle coming from under my washing machine after I did a load. When I took the front panel off there was a fair amount of water sitting all along the bottom of the front half of the washer. It is a GE washing machine and is 15 yrs old. Time to get a new washer? (The transmission was replaced at 10 yrs – still under the 10 yr warranty – and we replaced the motor several years ago).

  14. I have a top loading Maytag that has begun to leak water from underneath. But the water does not appear until a day or two later. What could be the cause?

  15. Our washing machine has been leaking water for awhile now, it leaks during the wash and rinse cycle, probably about a pint to a quart every wash cycle, checked the hoses and they are all tight, we have no idea where the water is leaking from. Any suggestions ? GE; Model # GTWN2805DOWN; serial # FZ1865526.

  16. We have water leaking overnight after a load has completed. Not leaking during the machines operation or at least it takes a good bit of time for the water to show up. We have checked supply hoses and drain line and all appear dry.

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