Repairing a Leaking Washing Machine

Repairing a Leaking Washing Machine

Things required

  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • gaskets
  • no-burst hoses or ordinary hoses

 

It is rather expensive repairing a leaking washing machine as service technicians usually charge a fortune just to visit and diagnose a minor technical issue. As people with some technical knowledge can easily resolve such problems, here is a guide providing the essential information for diagnosing and resolving any problems faced while repairing leaking washing machines.

Locate the leak source

The first thing to do is locate the probable source of the leak, which is usually related to the pump, hose or tub. Sometimes your washing machine may also have brand-related specifics which can be the source of rare leaks.

Tip- Always switch off the washing machine’s power supply before conducting any repairs on it.

Identifying leaky hoses

Most of the time a leaking supply hose is the cause for leaking washing machines. So first check if the drain is clogged and if it is, just unclog the drain and the water puddle on your kitchen floor vanishes.

If there is no clogged drain, move any blocking furniture and relocate the washing machine to a place which is comfortable for inspection. Now start the fill cycle after emptying the washing machine. See if there are any drips around the supply hose connection

If you notice drips at the back of the machine, stop the water supply and do the necessary to remove and replace the old and corroded hose with a new one. Though special no-burst hoses are twice the rate of regular ones, they are a much better quality.

If you feel the hose looks okay, try replacing its internal washer. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to first carefully pull out its old washer. Then reconnect the supply lines after you have replaced the new gaskets in both the supply hoses.

Identifying leaking pumps

Another probable source of leak is the washing machine’s pump. You find two types of washing machines in the market today; a direct drive one and a belt drive washing machine. Now open the washing machine’s cabinet. If you don’t find any belt here, it means the machine is a direct drive type.

If you find the pump is leaky, there’s nothing other you can do except to replace the entire unit. You have to relieve the belt’s tension once you open the cabinet to reach the pump. You will have to loosen the two motor mounting bolts to do that.

While one bolt is always at the back of the cabinet, the other is not far off. Then disconnect the pump hoses. You can do this by unscrewing the pump bolts and tilting the pump pulley away from the washing machine belt. This helps loosen the pump. In case of direct-drive type, you just have to unscrew or unclip direct-drive pumps and then install the new pump.

Locating other reasons for leaky washing machines

The internal hoses or worn-out tub fittings may also be other sources of leaks. However if you still can’t locate the source of the leak, it’s better to call in a professional technician to take a look at things.