Leaking of a washing machine is one very common problem. After a certain time, repairing of the washing machine is required to make it leak proof. But is it necessary that you should spend on expensive services for doing this? Do not panic if your machine starts leaking water all over the floor. Here is what you could do to fix it at home, without spending on expensive service charges.
- Examine all Hoses
There are several hoses connected to the washing machine. These hoses create a proper channel for water to flow. However, these are also the most common place for any leakage problem to occur in the machine. Follow these simple steps to stop the leakage of water from them.
- Open the service panel and check thoroughly for any leakage from the junction points or connections of hoses.
- If there is any leakage from any hose, disconnect it from the joint and change the hose washer within it. Reconnect the hose back to its place and check if the problem is solved or not.
- Before you reconnect the hose back to its place, clean the junction point thoroughly so that it gets connected in a proper manner.
- If the problem still persists, kindly replace the hose with a new one.
- Check for the hose clamps as well.
- Check for the Washing Tub Cover Gasket
The washing tub cover gasket is on the lid of the washing tub. It is used to seal pack the washer while it washes the laundries. Sometimes it is also mounted on the cover or lid of the washing tub rather than fitting on the tub itself. Check thoroughly for the leakage from this point.
- Check the door, the walls, and the surface of the washing machine, whether it is having any soapy stains or water traces while at the time when the machine is working.
- In case of leakage, you may change the cover gasket at home. It is easily available in the market and easy to replace as well.
- Read the instructions carefully on how to change the gasket of your washing machine as it changes from machine to machine.
- Check the Water Inlet and Outlet Valves
These are the valves of the washing machine which controls the flow of water in it. The water inlet valve is connected with the household water supply to the intake of water. The water outlet valve is either connected with the hose at the back or a dedicated pipe is connected to lead the water to the exit point.
- Fill the water in the washing machine and check whether the leakage occurs when the machine is filling the water. Wait for a few minutes to see if it is happening from the inlet valve.
- If this is your case, check the inlet valve connection properly for any leakage from there. If not from there, you need to examine the inlet valve of your washing machine for any crack or defect.
- You may repair the cracks with crack filling materials. This will save your money and the requirement to change the inlet valve.
- If the inlet valve looks good, then drain the water in the washing machine and look for the leakage from the sides of the machine.
- Check for the hoses for any kind of leakage from them. Follow the same procedure with the outlet valves to fix them as with the inlet valves.
- Check the Water Pumps
The water pumps are used in the front load washing machine to circulate the water in the washing machine properly. These pumps get easily damaged with excessive moments of the washing machine. In case of leakage from the pump, it is recommended to replace the defected part as it may cause further problems with the machine.
- Check the bottom of the washing machine as the water pump is generally located there. If necessary, open the back panel of the washing machine for a better sight.
- Look for any traces of water near the pump.
- Check the hoses and other connecting pipes with the pump for any loose connection.
- If there is any leakage from the hose or pipe, disconnect it from the pump and replace the hose, the hose washer, and the hose clamp to make it leak proof.
- Check the Door Lock
The door lock is responsible for a tightly locking the door and making the washing machine leak proof. There are possibilities that the door lock gets torn or wear due to which it does not lock the door tightly enough to make it leak proof. Do the following things to find out if this is happening in your case?
- Inspect the door lock for any visible traces of crack, dent or any bent on it.
- Lock the door and check if it is moving on forcing it to move back and forth.
- If the door lock is creating the problem, replacement of the door lock is the only option to solve this problem.
- Check the Tub Seal
Tub seal or the Boot seal of the washing machine prevents the water from entering the machine through the washing tub. Replacing the tub seal is very important as leaking water from it could destroy the bearing and the shaft of the washing machine.
- Check if the tub seal seems to be swollen or lose.
- If there is any cut mark visible on the tub seal, change it immediately.
Diagnosing these parts of the washing machine will help you to find out the main cause of leaking in your machine. Most of the parts which cause leakage can be repaired or replaced at home easily.
- Always unplug the power cable of the washing machine before you start opening the back panel (service panel).
- Do not use any adhesive for sticking the seals or rubbers in the washing machine as it will make the joint permanent and you will not be able to replace its future.
- It is better to ask a professional if you are unable to figure out how to replace it on your own.
- Make sure you are safe while operating the open machine.
If the water inside the machine is hot, let the water cool down before you start diagnosing it.