A leaking washing machine might be due to bad hoses or a faulty part. Here’s how to trouble-shoot it yourself.
WARNING: Before working on any appliance, make sure to disconnect the power and utilities (water, gas) to the appliance.
First, try to determine the source of your leak. A common source is faulty or failing washers hoses or lose connections to your washing machine. Move your washer away from the wall and look for leaking water.
A burst washing machine hose can cause catastrophic damage inside a home. Check the connections and consider upgrading to stainless steel washing machine hoses which are more resistant to bursting. In general, washer fill hoses should be replaced every five years. When replacing your hoses remember to turn off the water and have a bucket handy to catch any remaining water inside the fill hose.
Check the drain hose connected to the back of the washer as well. Make sure that the hose is not being pushed up against the wall. Replace with a new drain hose if needed.
Next, remove either the back access panel or cabinet and look for leaks. Common areas and parts that leak are the tub seal and drain pump.
Water leaking down from the tub usually indicates a defective tub seal. Usually when this happens the bearings are also impacted and will need to be replaced too. A tub seal and bearings kit comes with all the necessary parts needed for this repair.
The drain pump, located at the bottom of the washer, can develop a crack or hole in its plastic parts which can leak water. If water is leaking from the drain pump, this part will need to be replaced.
Links to washing machine parts
- Washing machine fill hoses
- Stainless steel washing machine hoses
- Washing machine drain hoses
- Washing machine tub seal and bearing kits
- Washing machine tub seals
- Washing machine drain pumps