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How To Fix A Leaking Washing Machine

How To Fix A Leaking Washing Machine

A leaking dishwasher could be a pre-warning that something major is going wrong with your machine. If you spot a leak, it's best to stop using your washing machine as soon as possible, and not start reusing it until you have determined the cause and solution to prevent major flooding and damage. Check out all possible causes below:


The first place to check if you spot that your machine is leaking is the hoses at the back. In fact, you should make a habit of checking your hoses at least 1-2 times a year to keep an eye on their condition. Things to check are:

  • Fittings are threaded and tightened securely to make sure leaks can't occur through the faucet.

  • The drain hose is not restricted by a blocked household drain, backing up through the stand pipe.

  • There are no kinks, blisters, cracks, or anything that could cause water to leak (or a potential that could cause a leak if damage worsens). It is important to keep your pipes in their best condition, as this can be a major flooding hazard. If anything looks concerning, make sure to replace them as soon as possible.

Washers also have an internal hose that connects the inlet valve to the drum. Any kind of defect in these can also create a leak during the fill cycle.

Access the drum inlet hose by removing the top cover and the cabinet to be able to inspect the hoses for any signs of damage, splitting, or cracks. It's also important to inspect any other components of the water inlet system - such as the siphon break or drum injectrion assembly - for signs of a leak.

The detergent dispenser will also need inspecting, as some front load machines can inject water through this.

If the leak is occuring in the wash portion of the cycle, rather than the filling section, then it could be the drum to drain pump hose that is the problem. Check for any loose or corroded clamps, or any cracked or perforated hoses. You will need to remove the front or rear panel to access this area, and some models may even need the entire cabinet to be removed.


The water pump or drain pump has the job of draining the water from the machine. It can be either belt driven, direct driven, or may even be a separate electric pump. The pump will have an outlet of the drain hose, and an inlet from the drum, and may even have a circulating outlet hose as well. If you have water leaking from the washer during a wash or drain cycle, check the area of the drain pump.

The things to look for are a loose hose clamp, or a leaking hose connected to the pump. If the leak is coming from the pump itself, then unfortunately a replacement is needed.

The drain pump is normally located at the base of the frame, or is can be attached to the drive motor. You can gain access by removing the front or rear panel on most washers.

Drum Cover Seal

The cover gasket helps to seal between the outer tub and the inner drum. If you are experiencing a water leak during the wash or spin portion of the cycle, then there could be a problem with this gasket. Look for signs of water leaking, or soapy water stains in this area to help diagnose the problem. You will need to remove the top or front panel to view this area.

Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is the part of the machine which controls the entry of hot and cold water into your machine. It is located at the back of your washing machine where the hoses connect and can be accessed by removing the top and rear panels. If you have a leak at the back of your washing machine while it is filling with water, then it could be the cause. After checking the hoses, check the body of the fill valve for signs of any cracks or damage and replace if required.

The Door Seal

The door seal secures the gap between the door and the outer tub. Normal wear and tear can cause the rubber to crack. Even foreign objects can cause tears and damage which then results in a leak at the front of your machine. If you washer appears to be leaking near the door area, then you should inspect your door seal first for signs of damage. Even a buildup of dirt and old detergent can prevent the door seal from creating a tight seal when the door is closed. If it is the cause of your leak, then follow our repair article that instructs you how to replace your door seal here:

Pressure Switch

If your washer is leaking during the fill portion of the cycle, then it may in fact be overfilling. It is the job of the pressure switch to determine the correct water level in the tub. Read our article that goes into further detail about the job of the pressure switch, what trouble can be caused if it breaks, and how to solve it here:

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