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Why is My Washing Machine Leaking Water?


Doing your laundry can be enough of a chore without the washing machine leaking! But before you think you’ve got a complete disaster on your hands, know that a washing machine can leak for various reasons – some of them being only minor.

From improper machine loading to malfunctioning parts, you may be able to fix the leak yourself. Ask yourself the following four questions to try to repair your washing machine leak.

Are You Using Your Machine Properly?

Sometimes, the washing machine leaks due to improper use.

Avoid overloading your machine, since too much of a load can result in water leaking out. Also, be careful when adding the laundry soap. Check your manufacturer’s manual to ensure that you’re using the correct amount of detergent.

If you use too much detergent or the wrong kind, excess suds can be produced, which can cause the washer to leak.

Is Your Washing Machine Level?

Before completing any further investigations, check that your washing machine is completely level.

Washers are designed to be used on flat surfaces only; if the machine is not level, water can leak out. Since all floors are not even, there are feet on your washing machine that can be adjusted to compensate for the difference.

Use a level and place it on top of your washing machine. Adjust the washing machine’s feet if necessary until the level displays properly.

Are Your Water Supply Hoses, O-Rings and Water Inlet Screens in Good Condition?

If water is leaking during the fill cycle, normally the water supply hoses are loose.

First, check that the two water supply hoses that connect from the wall to your washing machine are not cracked, ripped or poorly connected. If, after tightening the hoses, water is still leaking, verify that the O-rings located on the inner and outer sides of the water washer hoses do not need replacing.

Next, check the mesh screen filter where the water hose connects to the washer. If the water is being prevented from fully entering the washer because of a dirty or blocked filter, it will need to be cleaned (or replaced).

Internal hoses should also be checked to make sure that they are all secure and ready for draining.

Is Your Drain Hose Secure?

A loose drain hose can cause water leakage, so make sure that it’s secure to the drainpipe or standpipe. While in this area of your washing machine, check that the drain where the water flows out is not blocked.

If you have water leakage from a brand-new machine, it may be because you forgot to remove your washer drain plug. This plug needs to be taken out before connecting a drain hose; if not, water will not drain correctly and end up leaking instead.

Other Causes of Washing Machine Leaks

If you’re still experiencing a water leak, it may be coming from a faulty washing machine part such as your pump, tub cover gasket or water level switch. At this point, it may be time to call the professionals.

With their expert knowledge, a washing machine repair person will be able to determine the cause of your leak in no time at all! Contact us today for more information about our appliance repair services.