There’s nothing worse than seeing your washing machine start to leak after it has been running for a little while. If you’re reading this, then I’m assuming that is the issue you are currently facing. But relax! because there is a simple solution for every problem.
Luckily, there are some basic troubleshooting steps that you must take in order to fix the problem before it becomes too costly or time-consuming. Follow these instructions and hopefully, everything will go smoothly!
How To Repair A Leaking Washing Machine
Nowadays, there is no shortage of articles on how to repair various household appliances like dishwashers or refrigerators. However, when it comes down to fixing leaks in your washing machine, many people don’t know where to turn for help.
That’s why I’ve written this blog post specifically for those who need assistance with identifying and repairing a leaky washing machine. I’ll give you some basic yet effective tips on how to handle the situation as well as list symptoms associated with common problems that could be causing your appliance to spring a leak.
This guide will walk you through how to identify whether or not your machine is leaking, the reasons behind leaks in general, symptoms of a leaking washer, and then procedures that can be taken if it is indeed showing signs of water damage.
If none of these steps work for you, then feel free to contact me either by email at [email protected] or via my Facebook page. If you would prefer, I am more than happy to schedule a time to diagnose a problem over Skype Video Chat so we can determine for certain what is causing the leak.
Symptoms Of A Leaking Washing Machine
No matter whether you need help with your front-loading or top-loading washing machine, I will be able to lend a hand and provide assistance if needed.
Before we begin any troubleshooting process, it is important that you unplug the unit from its power source! Doing so will prevent an electric shock which could result in serious injuries or even death.
Once everything has been shut down, check to see if there’s water still left inside the drum. (Please note: If you can’t detect any water at all without tearing apart your appliance then try these steps first)
If water is detected after all options have been exhausted, call in a professional. This step should be performed if you are unable to locate the source of the leak by yourself. If water is present inside your machine then it could be leaking from any one of three places.
The hose that connects the drum to the drainage system, a crack in the tub, or a crack in the connecting valves (which normally hold back water when draining).
If there’s no water in your unit and you’ve tried all basic troubleshooting procedures already, then it’s time to check for broken parts in your appliance. Look inside the drum for signs of damage like rust or scratches; if none can be seen, inspect any plastic bits surrounding the door opening where it makes contact with rubber seals when closed.
Note: Do not push on any plastic parts! If they become loose, then you will have to replace them.
If there are no signs of problems here either, it’s time to move on to the next step.
This section will go over symptoms that can be seen after a washing machine has been running for a while with signs of a leak. Check the front panel of your unit if you’re able to see inside it for water stains or just a large damp spot. Sometimes it’s not always possible due to how compact washers tend to be built so don’t worry if you can’t see anything clearly just yet.
If your unit appears wet from the outside, look around all sides of your appliance. Look for any moisture trails leading towards your machine from where ever it came from. If you can’t see any wet spots from the unit itself, try checking underneath it carefully for any leaks!
Inspect electrical wiring that runs behind your washing machine once the water has been detected or discoloration is visible on the front panel.
Unfortunately, most washers have their utilities run into them through a hole in the back so just keep looking to determine where exactly they connect to; this may take some time but it’s necessary to safeguard against electric shocks.
After ensuring that no additional moisture or damage can be found around the appliance, it’s time to let it sit for an hour while water drips out (if possible). Upon draining all remaining water, check for any new leaks and make sure you’ve fixed everything before plugging your washing machine back in.
Please note: If this is a brand new unit, then it will take some time for the first few gallons of water that drain from it to appear as they are absorbed into insulation and padding used to protect the appliance during transport.