Don't Toss Your Washer Just Because It Leaks

Part of having any appliance in your home is dealing with the dreaded appliance repair process when it breaks. The important thing is being able to tell the difference between it just breaking a little bit or breaking so much it needs to be replaced. Thankfully, a leaking washing machine falls into the first category most of the time. A washing machine that is leaking from one of the following three places can be fixed.

Hoses and Connections

The first place that you should look when you see that puddle of water on the floor is at the hoses. Depending on if the water is soapy, dirty, or fresh can tell you a lot about where the leak may be.

If the water is clear without suds, check the connections from the faucet to the washer. If the water is soapy or cloudy, the drain hose should be checked. When inspecting the hoses, ensure that the connections are tight and not crooked. Visually inspect the hoses for cracks, kinks, or rust stains. If the washer is new, make sure that you removed the manufacturer-installed plug from the drain outlet before connecting the hose.

Gasket and Seal

Once the hoses have been inspected and ruled out as the cause of the leak, the seals should be checked. There are several seals in the wash tub itself, and getting to them means removing the rear of the washing machine.

If you are not comfortable doing this, calling someone experienced in appliance repair is recommended. If you are, first unplug the machine and wait thirty minutes. Then remove the back cover and look underneath the tub. Have someone slowly rotate the tub by hand as you inspect the gasket for cracking or buckling. Replace anything that is cracked to fix the leak.  


The last place that a washer usually leaks from is the pump. As the pump cycles, it draws in water on one side and expels it from the other. Leaks typically occur where the drive shaft enters the pump to turn it because this is the area with the most movement. For safety reasons, it is not recommended that you inspect the pump while it is in operation. Instead, check the area around the casing and the drive shaft for moisture or any signs of rust or mineral buildup.

After inspecting these three areas, the source of the leak should have been found. If not, the location of the leak may be in the drum itself. At this point, contacting a qualified appliance repair technician is your next step. If the washer is old and needs to be replaced, visit a dealer like like A Z Appliance Heating & Cooling.