Unsure of what to do when your washing machine is leaking? Discover simple solutions that should do the trick.
Before spending big bucks on a repair, read on to find out if you can diagnose and fix your leaky machine on your own.
1. Find out when it leaks
If the leak starts during the spin cycle on your machine, it could be a leaky drain hose. Locate the drain hose and make sure the connections are all tight. You may have to purchase a new drain hose if the existing one is damaged. This is an easy DIY fix.
2. Check the hoses
Locate the hoses that feed and drain the water from your machine. If you find water where they are connected, check the clamps to make sure they are tight. If the clamps are secure, check the outlet pipe to make sure there aren’t any kinks are preventing the water from flowing. If you find any leaks in the hose, you’ll have to replace them.
3. Make sure the machine is balanced
It may sound hard to believe, but something as simple as your machine being tilted can cause water to leak. If you’ve recently installed or moved your machine, make sure it is completely level. Even the slightest tilt can cause water to leak from the front of the machine.
4. Check the seal
The build up of soap can prevent a proper seal. Wipe the door seal carefully. Check to see if there are any areas where the seal is loose, torn or cracked and replace if necessary.
5. Check the water inlet valve
Locate the water inlet valve and check to see if there is a leaky connection. It may be as simple as tightening the connection to prevent further leaking.
6. Clean the filters
Sometimes your machine will have problems filling or leaking from the back. Check the inlet filters to make sure they are clean. Clogged filters can prevent proper water flow.
7. Check for a blocked soap drawer
Soap build up can be another cause for a leak. By blocking pipes and drainage tubes, water can’t drain properly. Remove the soap drawer and wash any excess soap off.
8. Slow down on the suds
Sometimes using too much detergent can cause lots of suds and lead to leaks. Check the washing machine door for any build up. This is a sign you’re using too much soap and overflowing the machine. Just a small amount of detergent is sufficient.