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WHAT TO DO IF A WASHING MACHINE IS LEAKING FROM THE BOTTOM?

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The performance of electric appliances is crucial — it is unsafe to use household appliances that are out of order. However, not all home appliance malfunctions are equally dangerous.

For instance, if you hear a washing machine squeak every time it is cleaning a load of laundry, it may or may not mean it’s time to get a new one. In this post, we will examine different reasons for washing machine squeaking and how to handle the problem. By following these tips, you will be able to prolong the lifespan of your home appliances.

Why Is the Washing Machine Leaking From the Bottom?

Before thinking about replacing your home washer or repairing the appliance, make sure you know exactly what causes a washer to leak from the bottom. Based on years of experience, we know that a washing machine leaking from the bottom is a symptom of multiple issues — here’s a review of the most common ones.

The drain hose that sends the water from your dryer to the laundry room tub is one of the first places to look if your washer won’t drain properly. There may be some small clothes such as socks or underwear that have made their way into the hose. It’s actually surprising how often these types of issues crop up.

In most washers, every hose connects the machine to the source of water from the outside. If the hoses are damaged or the fittings don’t fit well, your appliance will let some water out. Internal hoses might also be to blame. They may have a leak or faulty connection — in that case, they will leak during the water cycles.

To get access to internal hoses, remove the upper part of the appliance cabinet and check the hoses for abrasions or cracks, and make sure the connections are tight. Corrosion and perforations are the red flags of a washing machine leaking from the bottom to watch out for as well.

The pump could be at fault if the washing machine leaks from the bottom. Keep in mind that depending on the type of the pump used, red flags may vary. Most washing machines use one of the following three pump types:

  • Direct-drive
  • Belted
  • An electric system for pumping.

However, the most common problems to watch for are loose clamps around hoses or a leaking hose.

To access the pump, remove your appliance’s rear or the front cover (different models have varying ways to access the pulley seal). Then disconnect the hoses, remove the belt, or unclip the pump. Once you have direct access to the pump, assess it for signs of wear and tear.

The reasons for a washing machine leaking from the bottom during the spin cycle vary from highly damaging to absolutely non-invasive. Door seal malfunctions fall in the latter category and are easy to fix. For one thing, in most cases, the water starts leaking from the bottom of the washing machine because something prevents the front-loading door from shutting fully — dirt, excessive detergent, etc.

Even if the equipment itself is faulty, replacement is easy and cheap — be sure to ask the manufacturer for assistance and choose the right seal model.

As the name suggests, the pressure switch monitors the water level inside the washer and can be responsible for a washing machine leaking from the bottom during fill. Water leaks are inevitable if it is not working and fails to react to water overflow. Detach the control panel from the washing machine to inspect the pressure switch. Assess it for wear or cracks and ensure the connection between the washing machine’s wire and the water source is secure.

If a switch shows a pressure decrease, the component is likely faulty and needs to be replaced.

How to Fix Washing Machine Leaks?

Depending on the system component that is leading to a front load washing machine leaking from the bottom, there are different ways to troubleshoot the issue — here are the most common ones:

Tip #1. Run a hose inspection

There are two types of hoses a washing machine owner needs to check if concerned for a washer leaking water from the bottom — the drain and fill hoses. Here’s how you can inspect both in under a few minutes: Step #1. Unplug the washer and ensure the connections at the back of the appliance are tight. Step #2. If a superficial inspection shows no signs of a leak, you might need to run an in-depth assessment. Detach the cabinet component of the appliance to get direct access to its hoses. Step #3. Check for any cracks or abrasions in the structure of a hose. Step #4. Replace a hose if you see signs of damage — you don’t have to change all of them at once and can remove only the worn-out one.

Tip #2. Inspect the tub gasket

Here’s how you can ensure that the gasket connecting both tubs of the home washer is tightly sealed. Step #1. Unplug the appliance and disconnect the device’s front cabinet. Step #2. Remove the cover of the tub to get direct access to the gasket. Step #3. Analyze the gasket for potential damage, scratches, signs of aging and wear. Step #4. If you detected cracks, start looking for a replacement gasket and install it in the washer.

Tip #3. Assess the inlet valve

To make sure an inlet valve malfunction does not obstruct the water flow, run a short inspection: Step #1. Make sure the washing machine is unplugged and has no access to the water source. Step #2. Detach the rear panel of the appliance to view the inlet valve. In most washers, the inlet valve can be found behind the hose connections. Step #3. Check the valve screens for debris and dirt build-up. As the particles of dirt and dust pile up, they interfere with the valve controlling the water entry efficiently. As a result, the water coming from the external source results in the washer leaking from the bottom. Step #4. Run a probe using a multimeter. Set the multimeter in the Rx1 mode, connect the probe to the exit of the valve and get a reading. Then match the result against the user manual of your washer to make sure there are no anomalies. Step #5. If the probe reads the infinity error code or you see signs of damage, replace the inlet valve.

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