Washing machine is leaking
There is nothing as annoying as a leaking washing machine! When your washing machine leaks, it means that you can’t do your laundry for a while and that you risk all kinds of water damage. That is why you want to fix this leak as soon as possible. On this page you can read exactly what kind of leaks there are and tips on how to solve them.
Causes of the leak
There could be all sorts of different reasons why your washing machine is leaking. To figure out how to fix the leak, the first thing you need to do is look at the cause of the problem. To do this, you’ll find out exactly where the water is coming from. Below are the most common causes of a leaking washing machine.
- The water inlet is leaking
- Leaking drain
- The door does not close properly
- Blockage in the drain
- The detergent drawer is leaking
- There is a crack in the cuff
Where is the water leaking to you? First of all, unplug your washing machine and check all of the above parts as well as the water inlet and drain to find out where the leak is. Have you found the cause? Below you can read exactly what you can do for each type of leak.
Of course it’s great if you can fix your washing machine leak yourself, but that won’t be possible in all cases. Do you have two left hands, or is the cause of your leak not on this page? Then it’s best to call in a mechanic. For them, a washing machine repair is done in no time.
Water supply of washing machine
Check if the supply hose is tight on both sides and check if the hose has any damage. Sometimes the problem is already solved by tightening the swivel. Have you discovered any damage? Then this part must be replaced. You can easily do this yourself. Online or in the hardware store you can buy a new washing machine connection and / or water supply hose.
Washing machine drain
Is there water leaking from the drain of your washing machine? Then you can easily solve that yourself. If your drain hose is damaged, you can buy a new one – online or at a hardware store – and attach it yourself. Is water leaking from the drain pipe? Then the drain hose may be in too deep. Remove the drain hose from the drain pipe and keep a bucket handy to catch water and dirt. Make sure the drain hose is no deeper than 15 cm into the drain pipe. Using a support bracket will make sure it doesn’t sink too far down the drain pipe.
Door does not close properly
If water is leaking at the front of the washing machine, it is likely that the door is not closing properly. Often laundry gets stuck in the door. This causes water to leak from the front into the bottom of the appliance. In this case, turn off the washing machine, turn off the water supply and unplug it. Place a towel behind the washing machine and tilt it back slightly. Hold this for 30 seconds to a minute. After that, you can put the washer back down, plug it in, and remove the laundry from between the door.
Tear in the cuff
If the door of your washing machine is tightly closed, but water still leaks out the front during washing, the cuff may be damaged. The cuff is the gray rubber ring in the opening of the drum. It doesn’t happen often, but this is where a crack can occur. Unfortunately you cannot repair this yourself, please contact your supplier for this.
If the drain of your washing machine is clogged, first clean the siphon. Put a bucket under the siphon and let the water run out. Then close it again and fill a bucket with boiling water and pack of baking soda. Remove the drain hose from the drain and slowly pour the water down the drain – with the help of a funnel if necessary. Wait five minutes and check to see if the drain continues to run when you pour water down it. Is the drain still clogged? Then use a pulling spring to loosen the clog.
Detergent drawer leaking
If water is leaking from the soap tray, it’s probably because it’s time to clean it. This is because there is always some detergent left in the soap tray of washing machines – a lot of dirt and grime gets stuck in here, which can cause it to become clogged. Remove the detergent compartment from the washing machine and clean it under the tap with a sponge or dishcloth.