This is the second article on installing a washing machine. If you haven’t seen the first part which looked at the basics and then concentrated on fill hose related advice check it out here – How to install a washing machine. This article looks at issues with connecting the drain hose, and water pressure.
This is a list of every article I've written filed under washing machines, including all its sub categories. To jump to specific washing machine sub categories use the "washing machines" link in the main navigation.
NOTE: More washing machine articles are filed under other categories and sub categories if they focus on buying or repairing them for example.
As an engineer with over 30 years experience I have useful advice and tips to help you connect a washing machine up and avoid some problems. You should already have the plumbing available (plumbing in a washing machine is a plumbing issue) and full instructions should come with the washing machine. My advice is about things not covered in any instructions.
Hoover Candy Hotpoint & Indesit washing machines exploding
This is an updated article previously published in mid 2011 on my other site Washerhelp. I’ve been following and collating people’s experiences of exploding washing machines for a few years now, which started abroad. The first reports were mostly of Hoover & Candy washing machines (see links at bottom of article) but for some reason focus has shifted to Hotpoint and Indesit washers even though I have over 20 reports of Hoover or Candy washing machines doing the same thing.
Electric shock is the first thing most people would think of if asked about the potential dangers of fixing your own washing machine or white goods appliance, but there are other potential dangers too. Although this advice was written about washing machines much of it is applicable to any appliance. Some of these points may be common sense, others may be something you hadn’t thought of, or at least be handy reminders of things you already knew (in the back of your mind).
A good engineer always double checks their work, never assumes things will be OK even if a new part has been fitted, and ensures everything is working properly with no leaks or faults. Only then is it safe to leave the washer to get on with its job. Carrying out repairs often involves disconnecting and reconnecting from the plumbing, moving or laying the washer down and generally disturbing things. All of these can cause new faults or introduce new leaks.
Most leaking washing machines will have water running out from underneath even if the source is at the back. If you can see water leaking out of the soap drawer or from the door then check out the articles in those links. Otherwise you will need to investigate the source, usually by pulling the machine out. If your problem is covered by one of the sub headings on this page read on, otherwise there are tips and advice for finding leaks here
Sometimes a washing machine leaks on spin, but not before. If this is the case, either it’s going into spin with too much water inside, or something may only be leaking under the pressure and tub movement caused by spinning.
Leaking from soap drawerWater can leak out of a washing machine’s soap dispenser drawer – in some cases quite badly. The first thing to do is take note of what the washer is doing when water leaks out in order to help pinpoint the cause. Does it only leak when filling? Is it leaking during wash or rinses? Or is it leaking only when it goes into spin?
Only leaks when filling
Leaking from door
The most common cause of a leaking washing machine is the door seal. They often acquire holes or tears letting water leak down inside the machine, which then leaks out from underneath – but they can also leak from the door itself straight down the front of the machine.
5 helpful tips when trying to find a leak on a washing machine
There are many places a washing machine can leak from but most tend to come from the same few places. This article gives tips and advice before beginning troubleshooting and links to in-depth articles about leaks from specific places. Some leaks are intermittent, or only occur at certain parts of the programme, or with certain loads inside. The key to finding the cause is good observation, so try to note where the water is coming from and exactly when on the programme cycle it appears.