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Washing machine leak – Find the cause, limit further damage and get it fixed

You need to fix your leaky washing machine asap to stop flood damage to your home. It's your clothes you want to wash, not your entire house! Here's a handy guide to help you see whether you could sort the issue yourself or if you do need to call in a professional.

A washing machine leak is less than ideal. It’s a frustrating problem for any homeowner because of the potential for significant water damage, especially if it’s not dealt with immediately. That’s why it’s essential to address the issue as soon as possible and prevent further damage.

In this guide, we’re going to break down what causes washing machine leaks, how to fix them, and what to do to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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Causes of washing machine leaks

There are several reasons why your washing machine has sprung a leak. Some of the most common causes include:

Damaged hoses

The hoses that connect your washing machine to the water supply can become damaged over time, leading to leaks.

Faulty water inlet valve

The water inlet valve controls the flow of water into your washing machine. If it becomes faulty, it can cause water to leak from the valve.

Worn pump

The pump in your washing machine is responsible for removing water from the drum. If it becomes worn or damaged, this can lead to water leaks.

Damaged door seal

The door seal on your washing machine can become damaged through wear and tear, which means water leaks from the drum.

An overloaded machine

Overloading your washing machine can cause it to leak water from the drum or overflow from the washing powder dispenser.

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How to fix common washing machine leaks

Although we always recommend hiring a professional to fix plumbing issues in your home, it’s always worth seeing if you’re able to do it yourself to save some pennies.

Here are some potential fixes for the most common washing machine leaks.

Damaged hoses

If the hoses are the source of your washing machine leak, you’ll need to replace them.

  1. First, turn off the water supply to the washing machine
  2. Then, disconnect the hoses from the machine and the water supply
  3. Lastly, install the new hoses you’ve purchased for your specific machine and tighten them securely

Faulty water inlet valve

If the water inlet valve is faulty, you’ll need to buy a new one and replace it.

  1. When you’ve done this, turn off the water supply to the washing machine and disconnect the hoses
  2. Remove the back panel of the machine to locate the water inlet valve, then remove the valve and install a new one
  3. Lastly, reconnect the hoses and turn your water supply back on

Worn pump

If the pump is the source of your leak, it will need replacing.

  1. First, unplug the washing machine and disconnect it from the water supply
  2. Locate the pump and remove it from the machine.
  3. Install a new pump, and reconnect the machine to the water supply

Overloading the machine

To prevent overloading the machine, follow the manufacturer’s recommended load size. If you’ve already put too many items in, remove some and run the machine again to see if the leak stops.

Washing machine seal repair

If the door seal is damaged, it needs replacing.

  1. First, unplug the washing machine and disconnect it from the water supply
  2. Locate the door seal and remove it from the machine
  3. Finally, install a new door seal and reconnect the machine to the water supply

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How to prevent washing machine leaks

  1. Regularly inspect hoses: Inspect the hoses that connect your washing machine to the water supply for any signs of wear or damage. Replace them if necessary.
  2. Use the right amount of washing powder: Using too much detergent can cause overflows and leaks. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the right amount of product to use.
  3. Don’t overload the machine: Overloading your washing machine can cause it to leak. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended load size.
  4. Clean the machine: Regularly clean your washing machine, including the detergent dispenser and the drum. This will help prevent clogs and leaks.
  5. Replace worn parts: If you notice any worn or damaged parts, replace them immediately to prevent leaks.

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Final thoughts

A leaking washing machine can cause significant water damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to identify the cause of the leak and address it as soon as possible.

By following these tips, you can prevent washing machine leaks and keep your home safe and dry.

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FAQs

Why is my washing machine leaking from the bottom?

If your washing machine is leaking water from the bottom, it’s probably because of a faulty or damaged hose or a damaged pump. Try to fix the issue yourself using our above fixes. If this doesn’t work, call a washing machine expert asap.

Washing machine leaking from the door?

If your washing machine is leaking water from the door, it’s likely due to a broken seal. Try not to overload your washing machine, use the right amount of powder, and clean it regularly.

Related content: Common washing machine repair issues.

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