Preventing the Flood: Why Your Washing Machine is Leaking and How to Handle it

Not ten minutes after putting a load of laundry in your washing machine do you hear a funny noise. You hurry into the laundry room and nearly break your neck from slipping on a puddle of water on the floor. You start trying to find the source of the leak even though you’re pretty sure you already know.

Before you call out a company to come do repairs on your washing machine, you should check and see if it’s necessary first. There are a few troubleshooting steps that you can do right at home. To help you get your chores done, here is everything you need to know about your leaking washing machine including why it’s doing it and how to stop it.

1. Check the Hoses

The most common reason why your washing machine is leaking is going to be a problem with one of the hoses. If a hose is your problem it’s most likely to be your fill or drain hose.

All of these parts are found at the back of the machine. Just give them a quick check to make sure they are securely in place and in one piece. There are also a few hoses in the washing machine that will stop it from draining during the washer’s rinse cycle as well.

These can’t really be accessed without removing the front panel of the machine. You can do this yourself or call someone out to do it if you don’t feel comfortable. if you do it, make sure you are checking for corroded or cracked hardware.

2. The Water Pump

While you have the front panel open, you can check and see if the problem is with your water pump. You can identify this problem by checking to see if there are any hoses disconnected from the pump.

If there is, all you need to do is carefully reattach it. If this was the issue then the water will once again drain during the wash cycle.

A few things to keep in mind, with some models the water pump is located in the back of the machine so you’ll have to remove the back panel instead of the front to access it. Also, be sure that you cut off power to the machine before troubleshooting.

3. Tub Cover Gasket

If your leak is happening during the spin cycle or wash cycle then it may be your tub cover gasket. If you’re wondering what this part is, it creates a barrier between your tub cover and outer tub.

If this is the problem you won’t just notice water in the area where the cover gasket is located. You’ll also be able to see a few suds. You can access it to check for breakages and cracks by either opening the front panel of the machine or lifting the top.

4. Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve controls the hot and cold water that flows into your machine during its fill cycle. If the machine spits water on the floor during this time then it could very well be this valve.

Like the tub cover gasket, you may be able to get to the valve by lifting the top of your washing machine. If this isn’t where it’s located you’ll need to take off the back panel. Check to make sure everything is hooked up securely and look for any breaks or cracks.

5. Bellows and or Door Boot Seal

The bellows/door boot seal is what creates a barrier between the outer tub and the door to your washing machine. This wears down after a little bit and if you let it go for too long all it will take is leaving change in your pants to finish the job.

A tear in the bellows usually results in water leaking from your washing machine door. Be careful when you inspect the bellows. The thing that tore it is probably still hiding in the folds.

This isn’t a problem if a coin is responsible but if it was a sharp object, your hand may end up like the bellows.

6. Door Catch

Every washing machine is equipped with a door catch. It allows for your door to not only shut all the way but also lock into place tightly enough so water doesn’t escape.

If the door catch is worn at all then the door may shut but it will fail to provide a tight lock. The water will be able to rush through and flood your laundry room. Run your hand along the door to check for any distorted, missing, or broken hooks.

7. Tub or Boot Seal

The tub seal’s main job is to make sure that water doesn’t leak into your transmission or basket shaft. If the tub seal breaks then your washing machine will leak water during the fill process.

This is the only troubleshooting step where it’s okay for you to let the machine run after you’ve removed the front panel. This is because you need to observe and you can’t do that if you can’t see.

Watch the machine fill up and make sure a water leak doesn’t happen when the transmission shaft enters the tub. If it does, you may need to get a replacement.

Why You May Have a Leaking Washing Machine and How You Can Troubleshoot it

A leaking washing machine isn’t anything unusual. One moment you’re putting in a load of clothes, the next your standing ankle deep in water. When this happens, we hope you’re able to use this helpful guide to find the problem and troubleshoot it effectively.

When you have a problem with your washing machine even if you feel comfortable removing parts, it still may be best to have someone come look at it. Contact us and we’ll send out one of our experienced technicians.