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Why Is My Washing Machine Leaking Water?

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Leaking Washing MachineOur lives today are filled with modern conveniences that we take for granted, at least until the appliances on which we rely for comfort and convenience start causing us problems. Take your washing machine for instance – it’s a far cry from using a washboard and tub to clean your clothes. However, there can be problems here. Your washing machine must have a supply of clean water, and a way to eliminate water after it has done its job – leaks can occur in both instances. In this article, we will discuss a few reasons why washing machines leak water.

Leaking during filling

If you notice water on the floor around the washing machine and it occurs during the filling procedure, the most likely scenario is that it’s leaking from the inlet. Your washing machine should have two hoses that attach to fresh water connections behind it (or beside it, depending on the setup). One is for hot water, and the other is for cold water. It’s very possible for a leak to develop in this area.

The connection point is pretty basic, and reminiscent of a garden hose. The washer hose screws on to the water connection (like a spigot), and uses a rubber gasket to provide a good seal. If this gasket is old, dried and cracked, it could be the cause of your leak. It’s also possible that one of the hoses has developed a leak over time, through wear. Check the connection point and the length of both hoses for leaks during filling to determine if this is the problem.

Internal hose leaks can be the problem

Your washing machine has several internal hoses that are responsible for routing water during operation. You’ll need to open the machine up to get a look inside. Make sure to unplug it from the power, and then find the access panel. Chances are good that it’s on the rear, and you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the screws holding it in place. With a flashlight, look for signs of leaks along water supply lines and where they connect to the machine. These signs can include wetness, but they can also include rust, lime scale and the like. Most of the time, the problem will be a failing spring clamp at the end of a hose – these are simple to replace.

Leaking during emptying

There’s also the possibility that your washing machine is leaking during the emptying portion of the wash cycle. Because the washer fills with water in order to clean your clothes, there needs to be a way to get the water out of the machine so you can dry your clothes. This is accomplished with a pump and a drain hose. The pump is responsible for (you guessed it) pumping the water out of the machine, usually during one of the spin cycles.

It is possible for the pump to leak, in which case you’ll need to replace the pump entirely. It is also possible that there’s a leak at the drain hose where it connects to the pump, or somewhere along its length. If the drain hose has become clogged with debris, it can also cause water leaks.

These are just some of the more common reasons why your washing machine might be leaking water. If you check all of these areas but are unable to find the source of the leak, professional help might be necessary. Work with a reputable appliance repair service that can quickly and accurately diagnose the problem. Make sure that they’re willing to show you where the leak is and explain what needs to be done to fix it.

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