Is Your Washing Machine Leaking? Here Are 7 Possible Causes

Posted on: 28 June 2016

Panic can set in when your washing machine begins leaking over the entire floor. Washing machine repairs can become very expensive if you have to hire a professional for the job. The problem may be simple, but it could involve some searching. You have two types of machines, one with a belt and the other with a direct drive unit. It is best to start with the simplest solutions and work down the line until you have a complete diagnosis.

Cause #1: The Water Hoses

Check behind the washer to see if the water hoses are in the drainage hole. If the machine has had a heavy load of clothes, it could have shaken the hoses out of the hole.

Cause #2: The Agitator

Check the agitator inside of a top-load washer if it leaks only when the tub fills. The spin tube seal or center post gasket might need replacing.

Cause #3: Cracks or Corrosion

You should try running some water into the washer to see if there are any visible leaks. Check the water hoses for any cracks or corrosion. It may not be necessary to replace anything but the internal washers.

Cause #4: Rust or Mineral/Calcium Deposits

Open the panel on the back of the unit by removing the screws and cabinet clips. While the unit is open, start the water to see if there are any leaks. You may notice some rust or other mineral/calcium deposits on those hoses. Replace the hoses and clamps if needed.

Cause #5: Leaking Pump

Check for a leaking pump by loosening the motor bolts to release the belt's tension. The leaks are common around the pulley seal, and will usually mean replacing the pump if leaks are evident in this space. It would also be good to replace the belts if they are worn down.

Cause #6: Tub Fittings

The most challenging chore for a leaking washing machine is fixing the tub fittings. This will require popping the top off of the washer by placing a putty knife between the cabinet and lid of the washer. The lid will fold back so you can see the inside of the washer parts. There are four tub seals that must be checked to see if any of the rubber seals are damaged or if the washers are rusted.

Cause #7: Too Much Detergent

Occasionally, you might add too much detergent to the washer and cause it to overflow with suds. The suds are easily removed by using an eight to one mixture of water and vinegar to the washer.

These are some of the most common problems you may face with a leaking washing machine. The process of elimination is a simple process if you have a bit of experience in diagnosing appliance issues. These guidelines should be helpful in saving you a lot of time and money. If you don't have the experience needed, it might be time to call in a professional for the repairs.You can also upgrade to a high efficiency washer with the help of providers, such as Hudson Appliance Center.


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