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A regular laundry day. You load the first batch of clothes and, out of the blue, instead of having squeaky-clean clothes, you get a broken appliance. Not only do you have to repair it, but the damage might have not been showing itself for some time. What if it causes a leak into a neighbouring apartment?
Unfortunately, a leaking washing machine is quite a common household problem, especially if you have been using your appliance for more than 10 years. To solve the “why is my washing machine leaking” mystery, you have to first identify which part of the appliance the water is coming from (and do it fast!) and only after that apply the solution. We hope that this post will serve you as a guide.
So, if you:
Then keep on reading. This post is right for you!
Before going any further, make sure that you are using your washing machine accordingly with the manufacturer manual. All DIY repairs should be done with the appliance unplugged from the electric sockets and with the water supply turned off!
Most of the time, you don’t need professional help with fixing the back leaks. Usually, they are caused by weak connections between the water supply and a washing machine or simple wear and tear. Below, we have listed the main problems that you might be dealing with.
This is a very common reason that causes washing machines to leak from the back. It’s an inevitable side effect of intense drum spinning, which creates movement and vibrations. Because of these vibrations, the hoses’ connections loosen up over time and let the water out.
In this situation, simply search for the hoses that connect the rear of your washing machine to the wall. Hand tighten both the hot and cold hoses from both sides. And don’t forget to level your appliance to avoid recurrence of the issue.
If the water hoses are tightened, but the connections are still moist, check the condition of the water hose washers. These circular rubber pieces are located inside the water fill hose and should prevent the appliance from leaking.
However, if they wear out, some of the water gets lost on its way, resulting in a leak. The best thing is that the problem can be solved without any professional help. You can buy the replacement hose washers in the nearest hardware store. Take the damaged ones with you to be sure that you buy the right size.
Another reason why puddles form at the back of your washing machine is a damaged or torn water hose. Inspect the inlet hoses for damages. It might be anything from a small crack to rust forming on the hose. In any of these situations, you will have to install a new hose.
When attempting to identify the bottom leak, thoroughly examine your washing machine. Bottom leaks can signify more serious damages since the drainage system is located on the bottom of the appliance.
If you have noticed water coming from underneath your washing machine, there is a possibility that your drain hose is not attached correctly or even damaged. To check if the culprit for leaks is the drain hose, you have to examine it thoroughly.
The water pump is responsible for draining water from the tub. Usually, if the water pump is faulty, the washing machine creates a lot of rumbling sounds and shakes, especially during the rinse cycle.
If you remove the front panel of the washing machine, you will find it on the bottom left side. For an amateur handyman, the replacement might seem quite complicated, as it involves certain knowledge of the washing machine wiring and connections. We highly recommend running professional diagnostics first, before attempting any repairs. After all, there is a chance to turn an inexpensive repair into the purchase of a new appliance.
However, if you insist on DIY repairs, here is what you need to do:
Leaks in the front part of your washing machine are primarily associated with using too much detergent that creates the clogging over time. Another potential cause is defective door locks. The clogging can be resolved by thorough cleaning of the appliance, but the door lock defects might require some technical skills.
Remember the clicking sound that your washing machine produces before it starts the cycle? This is what the door catch is for – it keeps the door tightly closed while your clothes are being washed. If the mechanism is worn or damaged, the door might still close, but the mechanism will not seal the door and result in leaks. It’s also quite possible that the washing cycle won’t begin at all if the washing machine door won’t lock.
Visually examine the door lock for any damages, wear and tear, or foreign objects that might be blocking the door from closing. If you see that the lock needs replacement:
A damaged or deformed door seal can result in washing machine door leaks. The most common reason why the seal gets damaged is foreign objects catching in the door seal. Metal zippers, coins, or any other objects we forget to take out of the pocket before washing the clothes can get stuck and seriously damage the rubber seal. That’s why you have to regularly clean the rubber seal of your washing machine and check if anything is stuck in the seal.
Overloading can also cause the fabric to get stuck between the seal and the door pane.
To spot any damages, visually inspect the rubber seal. Unfortunately, if you see that the seal has any splits or holes, there is no other option rather than to replace the damaged one.
There are two potential reasons why your soap drawer is leaking: the dispenser hose between the dispenser and the drum is blocked with excess detergent or mould built up in the dispense water jets. What you want to do in this situation is to clean the soap drawer thoroughly on the top and bottom:
Usually, when there are problems with the dispenser hose, the excess water appears when the water fills the dispenser. If you suspect that the dispenser hose is blocked, pour some hot water in the drawer and let the water go through. Along the process, some excess detergent might appear. Remove it with a cloth or any other soaking material.
Sometimes, the problem is bigger than our capabilities, and it is okay to ask for help. If you have tried everything and didn’t manage to find the faulty detail, we at Fantastic Services offer 25+ home care and maintenance services, including electric appliance repairs! Specially trained technicians know how to handle even the most complicated washing machine malfunctions and are aware of the specifics of each brand – Miele, Samsung, Bosch, and many more. So, what are you waiting for? Book your washing machine repair service, today!
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