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How to fix a leaking washing machine?

How to fix a leaking washing machine yourself?

A leaking washing machine can be an annoying and potentially costly problem, think about the water damage and electrical dangers. Not only is it a mess, but it can also lead to water damage and mold growth in your home. The experts at Maydone will walk you through the process of identifying the cause of the leak and how to fix it quickly! 

Step 1: Safety First

The first thing you need to do when starting a repair project, especially with heavy appliances connected to power and water, is to take safety precautions. 

Even the most experienced technicians at Maydone do so before tackling a washing machine repair

What are the basic safety measures to consider when repairing a washing machine leakage? 

  1. Unplug the washing machine 
  2. Disconnect from the water source
  3. Have a mop handy to dry the floor 
  4. Get someone to help with the washing machine’s weight and repairs  
  5. Wear shoes and gloves 

Step 2: Asses the Issue 

The first step in fixing a leaky washing machine is to determine where the leak is coming from, this means you can focus on fixing just a part of the appliance and not the whole machine. 

Here are some common areas where leaks may occur 

Hoses – Check the washing machine’s inlet and drain hoses for holes, wear and tear, or loose connections. 

Tighten any loose connections or replace damaged hoses. You can check your manual for replacement instructions and hose model details. 

Door Seal/Gasket – Inspect your door seal or gasket for any signs of damage. 

Having a faulty seal can lead to water leaking through the door during the wash cycles.

Pump – A washing machine pump is responsible for draining water from the washer in each cycle, if yours is not working a leak would be the biggest sign. 

The pump could either be malfunctioning or a clogged drain preventing it from doing its job. 

Check both the pump and the main drain for issues. 

Detergent Dispenser – Not the first place you might think of but it can cause some water leakage. 

The problem here could be that the dispenser drawer has cracks, damage, or clogging causing water to leak during the cycle.

Overflows – If the machine is overflowing, it could indicate a problem with your water level sensor or pressure switch.

Step 3: Go Over Hoses and Connections

Start by examining the inlet and drain hoses. Look for any visible cracks, bulges, or wear. 

Tighten any loose connections, but be careful not to overtighten them, as this could also cause damage and potential leakage. 

If you find any damaged hoses, you can do a quick fix with appropriate repair tape and later replace them with new ones. 

Check your manual for your washing machine model to order the new hoses, and then ensure that the hoses are properly secured and positioned to prevent future leaks.

Step 4: Door Seal/Gasket Replacement

If the door seal or gasket is the culprit, it must be replaced since there is no quick fix for it. 

Again, check your appliance model to order the right part, at Maydone we recommend and always use genuine replacement parts to avoid future issues. 

After you discover the damage on the door seal or gasket and order its replacement, here’s how to change it. 

  1. Begin by removing the old seal using a screwdriver or pliers. 
  2. Clean the area with a damp cloth and some cleaning products to ensure the new installation fits perfectly 
  3. Install your new seal or gasket, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation. 

This type of issue requires a more complex fix but it’s effective and long-lasting. 

Step 5: The Pump 

Your washing machine’s pump is responsible for removing and draining the water used in each part of a washing cycle, so it is an essential part of your appliance. 

Start by inspecting the pump for any debris blockages or part damage. 

Note – Some washing machine models have a removable front panel that provides access to the pump, check your manual for further instructions and to locate your pump. 

If you do see any debris or obstructions, remove them and clean the pump. If the pump itself is damaged you’ll need to replace it.

Step 6: Detergent Dispenser and Overflows

Clean your detergent dispenser drawer thoroughly to ensure proper water flow. Check for any damage to the part or blockages that might be causing leaks. 

If your washing machine is overflowing it could be caused by a faulty water level sensor or pressure switch. They may need to be adjusted or replaced. 

Consult your washing machine’s manufacturer’s manual for instructions and guidance.

Step 7: Test the Machine

After making the necessary repairs, plug your washing machine back in and run a test cycle. Monitor the machine closely for any signs of leakage.

If the issue persists, double-check your repairs and consider seeking professional assistance.

Don’t sweat it, you can call for help! 

Fixing a leaky washing machine can save you time and money while prolonging the life of your appliance but it can also be more complex than you initially expect. 

Following these step-by-step instructions from Maydone can definitely help. 

Always remember, safety comes first and that quitting while you’re ahead can also save you more expensive repairs. 

So, if you find yourself overwhelmed, call your nearest and most recommended appliance repairs service provider.  
A bit of patience, the right tools, and guidance can go a long way!

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