Why does my washing machine leak?

Why is my washing machine leaking? 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.

Washer Fill Hose

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Find more washer fill hoses http://www.everyappliancepart.com/Category/Washer-Parts/Fill-Hoses

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.

Washing Machine Drain Pump - 35-6465

Washing Machine Drain Pump – 35-6465. Find more washing machine drain pumps http://www.everyappliancepart.com/Category/Washer-Parts/Pumps

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.

Tub Seal and Bearing Kit w10116791

Tub Seal and Bearing Kit w10116791. Find more washing machine tub seal and bearing kits: http://www.everyappliancepart.com/Category/Washer-Parts/Bearings-and-Seals

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.

The best way to find a part for your washing machine is to go by your washing machine’s model number. To find your washing machine’s model number, consult this graphic.

Links to washing machine parts

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2 thoughts on “Why does my washing machine leak?

  1. Steve Holt July 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Thanks for posting this! I was afraid that there was something seriously wrong with my washing machine when I saw water leaking down the tub. I’m glad that it usually indicates that my tub seal is defective. A tub seal should be pretty easy to repair, right? If it isn’t the tub seal, then I should make sure that it isn’t the drain pump that’s broken so that I can know the right way to fix it so that water won’t leak down my washer anymore.

  2. […] If you do not want to use bleach with your clothing, that’s ok, just run an empty cycle with bleach and water. How often you do it is up to you, but if you have a family (especially young kids) you probably want to clean it more frequently . Use this time to also check out the hoses on your machine and other parts that can become worn, leading to leaks and water damage. […]

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