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What Can Cause the Water to Leak From Your Washer?

You’ve probably experienced the inconvenience of walking into the laundry room and finding water on the floor in front of the washing machine. Unfortunately, it’s often for washing machine owners to experience this problem at some point. Leaking washers are easily one of the top five most common issues we encounter as an appliance repair company. We always recommend using an authorized service company to repair any major home appliances, but there are some things that you can look for and do to fix a leaky washer on your own. The first step that you should take is to find the source of the leak, or just what area in general the water is coming from. Water could leak out of the rear of the unit, from underneath, or from the top or front depending on if your washer is a top-load or front-load. If you can’t locate the source of the leak just by looking over the machine, here are a few things to look for. 

Reasons for leaking water out from the top of your top load washer could be simple. This may happen if there are too many items in the load which causes the unit to overflow, or it could be that too much detergent was used. Watch the machine while it’s running a load, and if water comes out from the top, then you should cut back on the amount of soap or clothes items per load. If water is leaking out from the door of your front-load washer, then the door seal is making insufficient contact with the frame of the unit, and will most likely need to be replaced. Inspect the seal for cracks, breaks, or any damage.  If you can’t find a problem with the door seal itself, there may be a problem with the door hinges.  If the hinges are corroded or improperly mounted, the door seal will be ineffective.

There are few more things that can cause washers to leak. One of them can be the hoses that bring the water into the washer which drain the water after the cycle. Hoses that are loosely connected, clogged with debris, or punctured will cause water to spew out onto the floor every time you run your washing machine. Start by disconnecting your hoses and cleaning out any debris that can get caught inside. Then when reconnecting them, make sure you tighten all of the fittings so that they are attached snugly and are water-tight. If water is still leaking from the rear of the unit, you should replace both the fill and drain hoses. Always use stainless steel, non-burst mesh hoses when replacing these, as they will last longer and be less likely to fail than rubber hoses. 

Otherwise there are a few more difficult problems that cause the washer to leak like a broken water pump or internal hoses being defective. Unless you are an experienced appliance technician, we strongly advise against opening up your machine and fiddling with the internal components. You should always hire a professional appliance technician who is authorized to work on your appliance brand when anything more than basic repairs are needed.

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