There’s a lot of water involved with washing laundry. So, while laundry machines are built to last, even the best made machine may leak water from the bottom from time to time. These leaks can cause puddles to form, and even flood your laundry room if your machine is left running long enough.
Fortunately, you rarely have to replace a modern washing machine just because it’s leaking. Most washing machine leaks are caused by a few specific parts. By identifying the issue, you can determine if you can fix the machine on your own or need to call a specialist to replace a part.
Loose or Missing Hose Components:
The most common source of leaks from the bottom of your washing machine is from the drain hose. A hose should be connected from your machine to your drainage pipe, and is generally secured with a clamp or seal. Be aware though that some machines have an internal clamp.
If your washing machine is leaking, check to see if the hose is either loosely connected to your washing machine or your drainage pipe. If your connection is loose, then you can tighten it up by hand to rescue the connection.
If the connection is secure, carefully run your hand along the hose to see if you can feel a hole, tear, or other type of leak. If you do find a leak, you will likely have to replace the hose. If the hose is in good condition, then your leak is likely caused by one of these two other issues below.
Defective Tub or Door Seal:
If your washing machine immediately starts to leak as soon as it starts to fill with water, it is likely caused by a defective door or tub seal. One of these is easy to fix, while the other one is much more difficult and will likely require a professional to repair.
Place some towels in your laundry room, empty the washer completely, and start a quick wash cycle. If the leak comes from the door, the repair is generally easy. Clean out where the door closes, make sure there isn’t any build up of dirt, dust, or detergent, and shut the door as tightly as possible. Most of the time, cleaning out the door space is enough to fix this issue.
If the leak is coming from the bottom of your washer instead of your door, you likely have a defective tub seal. The tub seal is the barrier that separates the tub you place your laundry in from the outer shell of the machine. While the tub seal is generally inexpensive, replacing it is time consuming and often requires taking the tub out of the machine itself.
We highly recommend contacting an appliance repairman if you believe your tub seal is broken, or if you are unable to shut the laundry machine door fully after cleaning.
Faulty Pressure Switch:
One more common cause of washing machine leakage to check for is a faulty pressure switch. The pressure switch in your washing machine measures how much water is in the tub during the wash cycle. If the pressure switch malfunctions, your machine won’t be able to tell when it needs to drain, leading to water overflowing from the tub and leaking onto your floor.
To check for a faulty pressure switch, empty out your machine and perform a quick wash. If the tub continues to fill with water even above the recommended wash line, cancel the wash immediately. Your pressure switch is likely defective, and will need to be replaced by an appliance repairman.
Reach Out to Appliance Repair 512 for your Washer and Dryer Needs:
We listed a few reasons why your washer might be leaking water, but there are other, less common problems that might be causing your washer to malfunction. Faulty washers can’t properly clean laundry, and can even damage your home if your problems aren’t resolved.
If you live in the Austin area, then we here at Appliance Repair 512 would be happy to service your washer, dryer, and other home appliances. We service many major washer and dryer brands, and offer same day service for those who live in our community.
Our locally owned and operated business wants to be your go to appliance repair solution, so contact us today if your washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other home appliances aren’t working. We promise to do our very best to get your home appliances running again as fast as possible!
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