When your washing machine is leaking water, sometimes it can be tricky to identify where the water is coming from. It may appear in one location, but the leak itself could be elsewhere. There are a few things, however that you can check and do on your own before seeking the help of a professional, so at Ariel, we want to give you a helping hand with that.
To be able to get closer to the bottom of the issue, your washing machine must be on a level surface and unplugged with the taps turned off. Never start trying to fix your machine [link to common wama problems article] if it’s connected to the water pipes or electricity. If you’ve already finished these steps, read on to find out what you can do in case your washing machine is leaking.
General washing machine leak types and how to fix them
In case your washing machine is leaking at the door, the first thing you need to check is if it can close properly. Watch out for reasons that could prevent this: clothes stuck in there, dirt build-up around the seal, the machine not sitting level on the ground, or use of too much of the wrong detergent for your laundry. With a simple cleaning, repositioning or choosing the right Ariel detergent
for your laundry, you can quickly fix this issue.
If you see a water pool in front of your washer, the chances are that there is something wrong with the water supply hoses. Check if they’re properly connected, and if they’re corroded with rust, replace them, or ask a professional to help you.
Back or bottom leak
A leak at the back or at the bottom of your washing machine can also point towards the water hoses. If the leak is directly around the drain hose, and it occurs more intensively during the spin cycle, the drainpipe might be clogged. The water can’t flow through, and it can push the excess water onto your floor. Cleaning the drainpipe can solve this easily.
If the excess foam appears during the wash cycle, causing a leak, you may not be using the right detergent. Oversudsing can also occur if you use too much detergent. Choose a detergent that cleans perfectly while removing stains effectively, so you don’t feel the urge to overdose even in case of extremely dirty garments. Ariel is a perfect solution for this, and it’s easy to dose
Water drips or beads near the seal or hoses
The seals on the air dome and the tub can become brittle with age. This could lead to leaking water, so on front-load washers, you should check for moisture around the outside of the door seal. Ask for the help of a professional if this needs to be repaired.
Front-load washing machine leaks vs top-load washing machine leaks
Front-load and top-load washing machines work differently, so a leak at different places can suggest different things you’ll have to tackle. Check out our infographic for further information on what may be the cause of your leak.
FAQs on washing machine leaks
Is it worth fixing a leaking washing machine?
If your washer is otherwise working perfectly fine, and the repair cost is cheap, it’s definitely worth fixing it. Ask a professional for their opinion on whether you’re better off buying a new one or fixing the current one, they’ll be able to give you a more realistic view on the topic.
Why is my washing machine leaking underneath?
If you see a water puddle underneath your washer, you should check the drainpipe to make sure it’s not clogged. If you can’t find the source of the leak, make sure you contact a professional to fix your machine.
How do I fix a leaking water machine?
It depends on the type of leak you have. In some cases, replacing a water hose or using the right detergent can solve the issue, but there are times when something needs a professional’s help when it comes to fixing or replacing parts of your washer. Check out our section in the general washing machine leak guide above to see if you can figure out what’s wrong.
Is a leaking washing machine dangerous?
It can be, yes. A regular leak can cause damage to the walls or even to the walls of those in the apartment next door or below if you’re living in a block of flats. It’s best to address the issue head-on and ask for professional help if you can’t tackle the problem yourself with the help of our guide above.
How long does a washing machine last?
On average, washing machines last for around 10 years. It’s always best to ask a professional’s opinion about the state of your washing machine. It can happen that you just have a leak that can be easily fixed and you don’t need to rush and buy a new one immediately.