Leaks when not in use
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
Sometimes a washing machine can appear to be leaking when it isn’t even in use. Maybe you come down in a morning to see a small pool of water underneath. There are two sources for such a leak. One is the fill hose at the back, which most people leave under pressure because they don’t turn off the tap when finished. Carefully pull the washer out and see if there is a small drip from anywhere on the hose especially where it screws onto the water valve. Such a leak, unless very fresh will often leave rust marks. The small rubber seal inside the hose can be replaced as can the hose itself.
The other source for a leak after use is the water pump or even sump hose, which always have a pint or so of water left in them when the washer has finished. This water can slowly seep out of a leaking pump or sump hose. However, it should also leak out during wash. It’s possible though for one of these parts to have such a small leak that it takes a while it to seep out.
Only leaks sometimes
Alternatively it may well be leaking on wash but you may have also noticed water when the washer isn’t running which has puzzled you. Again, such a leak will usually leave evidence, if the pump looks fine, with no signs of a leak it probably is fine. Advice on intermittent leaks later in this article..
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Intermittent leaks can be puzzling. Water could be escaping on every wash but not enough to be seen except under certain conditions, or it may only escape under certain conditions as highlighted later in this article
- Only on certain wash cycles: Some wash cycles may be sufficiently long for water to spread far enough to come underneath the front of the machine. Or may take in more water which then reaches a hole halfway up the door seal for example
- Only with certain loads: Heavy loads bounce around much more on spin which can increase or start off water loss
- Leaks only at the end of the wash cycle (on rinses): Leaking only when water is being pumped out is often a plumbing fault. Make sure water isn’t backing up and cascading over the top of a blocked drain pipe in the plumbing at the back of the machine.
If trying to find an intermittent leak it’s helpful to know if it has specific conditions where it happens such as on certain wash cycles or specific places on a wash, maybe only with certain loads inside such as towels. Then set about recreating those conditions. Always try to fault find with a normal load inside. For extra tips or more leak topics read –