3 Reasons Your Washing Machine May Be Leaking Water

Posted on: 29 December 2018

Leaking water is one of the last things you want to deal with from your washing machine. Not only is leaking water a sign that something is wrong with your washing machine, it can also be a safety hazard. Luckily, there are a few pretty common reasons washing machines leak water, and all three reasons are easy to fix.

#1 Door Seal

If the water seems to be leaking out in or around the door, open up the door and inspect the seal. The seal is the black, plastic like material that goes around the outer edge of the door. If this material seems to be really brittle or has cracks in it, the seal has broken down and failed. This is common in older washing machines.

Luckily, replacing the seal is really easy. You can easily pick up a new seal at a washer and dryer supply store. Once you have the new seal, you just need to pull the old seal off and put the new seal in place.

#2 Tub Cover Gasket

If water seems to be leaking out specifically when the wash and spin cycles are happening, the tub cover gasket has probably reached the end of its life. The tub cover gasket is made out of similar material to the door seal; a rubbery plastic material. The tub cover gasket provides a seal better the tub cover and the outer tub. In order to see if it needs to be replaced, you will need to remove either the front panel or the top panel to access and replace this gasket.

#3 Hoses

If the water seems to be leaking from behind your machine, one of the hoses for your machine may be damaged. There are a few hoses behind your machine. There are the water intake hoses, where the water that runs into your machine travels through. Then there are the drainage hoses, where the dirty water that your machine produces flows out of.

When you check the hoses, first make sure that they are correctly attached to your machine. If the threaded fittings become loose, water can easily leak around the fittings. Then, check the length of the hose for cracks, cut and damage. If you see any damage, it is time to replace the hose.

If your washing machine is leaking water, check the door seal, tub cover gasket, and hoses first to see if the leak is coming from either of those three locations. It is easy to replace those parts on your own. If the leak doesn't seem to be coming from either of those three locations, call in a repair worker. The issue may lie with the pump or the water inlet valve. Contact a washer repair service for more help.