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Leaking Washing Machine

Tulika Nair Jun 18, 2019
So you are faced with the problem of a washing machine which is leaking? Here, we help you fix this problem without having to make a call to service engineers.
You wake up in the morning and walk towards your washing machine to do your laundry and you realize that it is leaking. Before your pick up the phone to call a repairman, it may be a good idea to check if it is possible for you to fix the problem at hand.
Fixing a leak may not be exactly the easiest of things to do but if you can locate the problem, and if it is a minor one, then you can save on the money that you will spend on a handyman repairing the problem. With any luck, you should be able to fix the problem in very little time.

Fixing a Washing Machine with a Leak

It is first important to locate the source of the leak. If you see that the leak is at the bottom, then you will be able to observe remnants of water and soap. If the leak is big, this trail should be easy to spot. With smaller leaks you can place a newspaper under the machine to check the exact spot of the leak.
Once you have located the leak, check where it is originating from. If it is above and dripping down, then work your way upwards from the source that you have located. Depending on where it is situated, there are different ways of fixing it.
Often a clogged floor drain leads to the perception that the machine is leaking. It may be the clogging that is causing water puddles on the floor. Check the floor drain and confirm whether unclogging is required for an easy fix. The water is often attributed to the washer.
If you have discovered that the source of the leak is the hose or the pipe, then to troubleshoot the problem, you need to check the hose for any form of wear and tear. Fill the washing machine with water and then drain it to check for leaks.
Once you have located the source, replace the hose with a more durable, stainless steel mesh pipe. Another reason for the leak maybe a connection that is loose. Tighten clamps and couplings to fix any leaks and also check the faucet attachments.
If the washer in the hose is the problem, then you do not need to replace the entire hose but only the internal washers. Using a screwdriver, you can take out the worn-out internal washer and replace it with a new one. It is advisable to replace washers on both ends of the hose to avoid any future problems.
Calcium deposits from oversudsing and rust can also cause leaks. You will need to start a fill cycle to check if the leaks are internal. To reduce the calcium deposits and disintegrate the same, you can pour in half a cup of vinegar mixed with 32 ounces of water, into the washing machine.
Also in the long term it is advisable to use a detergent which is low sudsing. In a front-loading washing machine the leak can be due to the tearing of the seal of the front door.
Pressing on the seal and causing it to expand will help you locate the holes. In such a case you will need to replace the door seal. While you can do this on your own, it may be advisable to get a professional to replace it.
If none of the tips given earlier help you fix the problem, then you may need to call in a handyman who will be able to fix the problem for you. The problem could range from an internal problem to a valve issue. Professional advice may be important in such a situation.