Leaking washing machines happen more frequently than anyone would like. There are many things that can cause a washing machine to leak, ranging from the plumbing itself to problems with how the machine is being operated. Here are a few easy steps that you can try to diagnose your machine before you call a repair service.
Check the Hoses in the Back
If the leak is coming from the back of the machine, it's possible that the hoses that connect to your home are leaking. If you can't tell whether they are leaking, you can turn off the water by either turning the dials or closing the valve. You can replace the hoses by purchasing a washing machine hose kit from a home improvement store.
Look at the Seal
If your machine is a front-loading machine, it has a thick rubber seal around the door. This seal can become damaged very easily. If the seal looks like it has been degraded or it has been torn, you'll need to order a new part. These parts are fairly easy to install on most washers, but they can be expensive if purchased direct from the manufacturer.
Check the Trap
At the bottom of most machines is a small trap that is designed to collect lint and debris. You can usually identify this trap because it has a plastic part that can be unscrewed. If the trap has become blocked or full, the washing machine may have begun collecting water. You can empty this trap by unscrewing it gently to the left, but be aware that water may flood out when you open it.
Try to Run It Again
Sometimes it isn't an issue with the machine -- sometimes it's an issue with operation. Washing machines can be over-filled, which can lead to flooding. Before you call a professional, try to run the machine with a load that seems adequately sized. A good sized load is generally a load that fills the machine about three quarters of the way full. With front loading machines (especially older ones), under filling the machine could also cause issues, because of the large amounts of water involved in the cleaning.
Of course, these easy tricks only work when the problem itself is easy. If the washing machine is still leaking later on, it's very possible that there's a more serious issue. You may need to call a professional. For more info about purchasing the parts you may need, contact a company like All Appliance Parts of Sarasota.