There are many reasons why your washing machine might be leaking, and it is not uncommon for it to do so over the period of a few years.
Quite often the leak will appear around the door of the machine and is due to the sealant or flange that stops water from leaking out eventually deteriorating over time.
It can sometimes get damaged with regular use from shoving large amounts of washing in at a time.
Water can then leak externally, down the front of the machine or it can leak internally where the water will run down the inside of the machine and settle at the base of the machine.
It is a good idea to regularly check for moisture, damp or puddles of water at the front of your machine as well as underneath.
This ensures you can spot ant leaks quickly and prevent them from causing any further damage to your washing machine or home.
How Do I Fix a Leaky Washing Machine Drum?
The first step, if you know there is a leak would be to call a plumber, or a general maintenance technician who will be able to find and repair the leak.
However, if you’re feeling a little more hands on then there are a few steps you can follow to fix a leaky washing machine drum by yourself.
Firstly, you will want to find the leak. Then empty the machine and pull it out from underneath the counter or away from a wall.
A test cycle is needed so that you can see where the leak is coming from. From here you can assess whether the machine needs more sealant or if you need to replace any water hoses.
If the drum itself is damaged then you will need to replace this, which can be costly.
What Causes Washing Machines to Leak from the Bottom?
A leaky washing machine can become a very serious issue if left untreated. The leak can start to cause some seriously expensive damage over time if not fixed.
Most washing machine leaks from beneath the machine are often caused by loose or damaged water hoses, the drain pump not working as it should or other components of the machine wearing out over time.
This can then cause water to leak out of the bottom of the washing machine every time it is in use. It is recommended to get this fixed if you notice it as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Can Overfilling a Washing Machine Cause It to Leak?
Overloading a washing machine can potentially cause damage to the drum and the door. Sealant can get removed or damaged and cause water to leak out. The door latch may also get damaged as well which can cause leakage.
Overfilling a washing machine can also cause it to become unbalanced. When unbalanced, the drum may dislodge inside the washing machine causing water to leak or spill everywhere. This can cause serious damage to your home.
Is It Worth Fixing a Leaking Washing Machine?
Yes, it is worth fixing a washing machine that is leaking provided the leak is minor as this is usually cheaper than having to buy a brand-new washing machine.
However, if there is a serious damage that has been caused to the washing machine and the leak is significant, then it is probably best to not fix the leak and to upgrade your machine altogether.
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