How to fix common issues which cause a washing machine to leak
If you are reading this, then the odds are that you are frustrated by seeing a huge pool of water accumulation on the floor around your washing machine. Do not worry, you may not have to replace the whole machine. There are a few common problems which may be causing the washing machine to leak. So, before you call the repairman, try these few steps. Remember to have your user’s manual on hand to identify specific troubleshooting practices for your specific device as well as to understand the parts you may need to replace/repair. Before doing any maintenance, unplug the appliance.
Check the supply hoses
This is the most common areas for leaks to occur. The supply hoses are located on the back of the washing machine and connect directly to your hot and cold water. And while the hoses may have been attached firmly when the washer was installed, over time they can become loose, especially if the washing machine has been overloaded continuously causing rattling of the machine. If you see dripping around the connectors, use a plumber’s wrench and tighten the fasteners securely. Do not over tighten as you could break the plastic fittings to which it attaches.
Fasteners which are securely connected but showing signs of leakage may be due to a worn out hose washer or a cluttered filter. Check these two areas by removing the hoses. Be sure that you have the water supply turned off before disconnect. Using a pair of needle nose grips remove the washers and replace them with the new washer. To fix the filter, use your index finger to remove the filter from the hose connector inlet. Gently wash debris from the filter and replace.
Finally, if the hose has any visible rust or cracks, you will need to replace the hose. Most commercial home repair stores carry various washing machine hoses and lengths. Ensure that when you replace the hose that there are no pinches in the hose and that the water can flow to the machine easily.
Check the outer tub seal
The Washing machine aerator has a seal underneath it. Over time the rocking and shifting of the tub can cause the seal to become weakened and cracked. Simply remove the aerator from the washing machine and replace the seal to fix the problem.
Check your drain Hose
The drain hose of the washing machine may have become disengaged from the main pipe, or there may be debris in the drain pipe which is causing the water to back up. To check the drain hose, remove the hose from the drain pipe and inspect it for visual signs of water accumulation. If no signs are found then go to where the hose connects to the washing machine. Usually, the drain hose is connected by a metal clamp. See if the clamp has become loose. If so tighten it. If not then you will need to take off the hose and inspect it to see if there are any cracks or holes in the pipe. Do this by losing the clamp and removing (carefully as not to tear the rubber) the pipe. Once detached try to run water through the hose. If you see dripping or a leak you need to replace the hose.
Check the internal hoses
This will take you a bit more time and it is highly recommended that you do it in an area that has ample drainage (such as outside). Carefully turn the machine onto its face. One you are looking at the bottom of the appliance, remove the cover plating to the back. Check all rubber hoses for any cracks and signs of damage. Additionally, check all the hose connectors for leaks. Hoses which are attached by clamps should have the clamps loosened temporarily to see if the hose has eroded underneath the clamp. Clamps which are rusted should be replaced.
Check the pump
The final troubleshooting area to check is the pump of the washing machine. I have personally experienced this problem before. If a washing machine is overloaded, the laundry can sometimes make its way into the pump (such as a sock). Any debris which lodges in the pump will cause it not to work properly. In most cases, you will have to replace the pump (which is costly). However, sometimes you can remove the pump and remove the debris from the interior of the pump. It is very important to note that the blades inside of the pump are extremely fickle and if damaged will result in the pump not working correctly. It is advised that if you find debris in the pump that you hire a technician to fix the problem for you rather than try to take on the problem yourself.
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