When buying a new washing machine, people rely on its long and trouble-free operation. But any household appliances have their own expiration date, and it is determined not only by the reputation of the manufacturer, but also by the correct operation. That is why many owners sooner or later face the fact that their washing machine is leaking from below.
This is one of the most common faults. If water has flowed onto the floor — it doesn’t matter if it drips or runs in a stream, you need to urgently repair the washing machine on your own or call the master.
If you prefer to troubleshoot household appliances yourself, this article will surely come in handy. Let us consider in detail the causes of the leakage of the washing machine and methods for its repair.
Causes of water leakage
- Washing machine dispenser bin clogged.
- Not sealed tank (a crack or breakdown has appeared).
- One of the hoses (drain or inlet) was damaged.
- The pump is leaking.
- Deterioration of the tank seal.
- The rubber seal on the door is leaking.
- One of the pipes has lost its tightness.
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Identification and elimination of breakdowns
Before proceeding with repair work, you need to de-energize the equipment by removing the plug from the outlet. Then you need to figure out which of the many elements of the washing machine is leaking. To do this, the washing machine must be carefully inspected.
It is extremely important to find out the cause of the breakdown at what stage of the working cycle the washing machine began to leak from below. This will greatly facilitate the task of troubleshooting and will allow you to find 1 out of 3 possible leak locations. Leak locations such as:
- Door cuffs.
- Dosing bin.
Drain and inlet hoses for water often leak in the areas of their docking with the unit. To get rid of such a breakdown, you need to unscrew the hose for filling or draining water and change the rubber gasket.
But it also happens that the hose has worn out, or was accidentally damaged, then you can use special glue and a rubber patch to restore its integrity, although replacing it with a new one would be a more reliable option. But all of these recommendations apply to the drain hose. If the inlet hose was damaged, we do not recommend repairing it with a patch, since the water pressure in it can be very high, and then replacement becomes the best option. You can buy an inlet hose at any plumbing store, moreover, inexpensively.
Leaking dispenser and hopper
The reason for the breakdown of the dispenser may be a malfunction of the hopper (that is, the powder compartment). As a rule, it leaks when it is clogged, either due to excessive water pressure, or due to a failed intake valve. What to do in such a situation?
If the problem is in the valve, you will see smudges in the area under it. To eliminate the causes of leakage, it is necessary to remove the dispenser and thoroughly clean it and the hopper. It happens that a foreign object appears in the drain of the bunker, which does not allow it to work normally. If you find such an object, remove it from the powder compartment.
After cleaning, test the performance of the washing machine. In addition, it is worth trying to reduce the water pressure by slightly turning off the tap. If none of the above helps to cope with the leak from below, it is necessary to replace the inlet valve, since it is its failure that can cause high water pressure during the rinse stage.
The cuff of the hatch in the washing machine is leaking
It is not uncommon for many people to forget to remove all items from the pockets of their clothes before loading them into the washing machine, and many of the items can be very sharp. As a result, the cuff on the hatch of the washing machine is damaged during the washing process and starts to leak.
In such a situation, you can fix the breakdown in one of 2 ways:
- Repair. If the hole is small, it is worth trying to close it with moisture-resistant glue and a rubber patch. You can also purchase a special boat patch from a fishing specialty store. After closing the hole, the hatch cuff should be installed in such a way that a piece of patch rubber is placed on top — this will reduce the pressure on it, and therefore increase its service life. Since the cuff can also be damaged from the inside, we recommend dismantling it to seal the holes.
- Replacement. If the damage caused is too great, a complete replacement of the cuff of the washing machine hatch will be required, for which you need to do the following: dismantle the faulty cuff and install a new one in its place.
Tank filler pipe leaking
It is likely that the reason why the water began to flow from the water supply hose is the loosening of the attachment of the pipe to the tank of the machine. To find out if this is the case, you need to carefully examine the tank. If you see traces of smudges from water, then the problem has been found.
To repair or replace the inlet hose of the washing machine, you need to remove the nozzle, then clean all the joints from the remaining glue and dry them. Then you can fix the pipe again, for fixing which you will need epoxy resin or high-quality moisture-resistant glue.
Washing machine tank leak
If you saw that it is the tank that gives the leak, there may be two reasons for such a breakdown, we will consider them in detail.
Buck cracked. Tanks in automatic machines are most often made of plastic, which is why their reliability is rather low. If you forget to empty the pockets of your clothes, one of the items in them could fall out of the pockets during the operation of the unit and damage the tank.
If the tank is cracked, it will need to be replaced, and this is a very expensive and complicated process. Of course, you can try to fix the crack yourself using waterproof glue, but this is unlikely to help you for a long time, because the tank will most likely need to be changed, and this will have to be done with the help of a specialist.
The connection points of the tank parts. As a rule, the tank of the automatic machine includes 2 elements attached to each other with metal brackets or screws, and there is a rubber gasket in the space between them. These gaskets dry out over the years and begin to leak. To change the gasket, you need to almost completely disassemble the device.
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Leak from the bearing
If the washing machine is leaking from the side of the bearings, the reason is the wear of the oil seal, which means that you cannot do without replacing it. Most often, with such a malfunction, the main volume of water flows out during the spinning process.
If a seal leak is detected, turn off the machine immediately, because the water can rust the bearings and break too, and this will lead to more serious problems.
Changing the oil seal is not so easy for a non-specialist, since the process will also require replacing the bearings of the washing machine. That is why we advise you to turn to professionals to repair such a breakdown. If you still want to repair the unit on your own, before that you will need to figure out how the bearings are replaced.
If you recently cleaned the drain valve, it is possible that after the procedure you forgot to screw it in carefully, and as a result, a leak formed. Take out the bottom panel and make sure that the valve is screwed on conscience. The main reason for the leakage of the washing machine is the mistakes made during its operation. Therefore, in order to avoid such breakdowns, we recommend that you always check the pockets of clothes before loading them into the machine, and carry out repairs in a timely manner at the first discovery of any malfunction.