If you suddenly come upon a puddle on the laundry room floor, that’s a good indicator that your washing machine may be leaking. Leaks such as these must be addressed immediately to prevent flooding and structural damage. Just remember to make sure that your washing machine is level before you tackle the job of troubleshooting the leaks.
Today Oak Plumbing, your trusted pipe leak repair expert, shares troubleshooting tips for washing machine leaks.
Clogged Overflow Tube
The location of the puddle can help determine the cause of the leak. A clogged overflow tube is often the cause of leaks at the front of a top-load washer.
Oversudsing can be an issue if you have a water softening system, in which case you’ll need to use less detergent. You can determine if you’re using too much detergent by soaking a freshly washed item in a bowl of hot water. You’re using excessive detergent if the water becomes sudsy.
Your washing machine can leak if it’s overloaded or improperly balanced. Check to see if your washer is level, then reduce the load size. You may have fixed the issue if the leaking doesn’t happen again. If the leaking persists, however, you’ll need to contact your local plumbing repair company for a proper assessment.
Spray Rinse Function
Interrupting the cycle of a washer that has a spray rinse function can be another cause of leakage. Also, manually advancing the timer can cause the function to go on longer than needed, resulting in overflow.
A leak around the drain hose can mean that it’s clogged. You’ll have to remove the manufacturer’s drain plug before checking the drain hose. You should see a plastic plug which will need to be removed. Remember to prepare a bucket and towels to catch any excess water. It may also be that the drain hose isn’t adequately secured in the drain pipe, so check to make sure it’s fully attached.
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