You have had a break from all your crazy and worked up a schedule and you have decided to finally do the LAUNDRY. You separate the clothes as per the requirements and then go off to the washing machine to start washing them. You follow all of the necessary things, and the process begins. As you know that the cleaning happens by itself, you head over to the kitchen and finish off your other work while the washing machine gets into its working.
Now, suddenly, you hear this weird noise, and you start wondering to yourself, how and where is this noise coming from? And you follow the noise and reach the washing machine. Why is there a puddle on the floor? What went wrong with your washing machine? Let’s get to the bottom of the problem.
Doing the laundry has always been something that you have taken a very long time out of your schedule for and it’s something that would require you to focus and get it right. It has been made very convenient in these times with the advent of modern smart washing machines but, the very technology designed to ease your work could increase your burden if it is on its last legs.
If you are facing a water leakage issue with your washing machine, then you should probably look at when and where the leakage has taken place. This will help you to take the right action to fix your machine well in advance.
The water may drip from underneath the washer, or the leak may be present during the filling time. The most annoying aspect would be the case when there is a constant leakage even when the washer is not in use. The leakage can happen during the wash cycle, from the front, behind, or around the door (if it is a front load), and don’t forget to check the detergent drawer too.
A leaky washing machine is always a pain in the butt. Not only does it ruin your laundry washing experience, but it also consumes a lot of time in the cleaning and it also creates a risk of slip and fall since the water leaked out is 90% soapy water. In the long run, when the leakage is not fixed and the floor and adjacent wall are constantly damped, then one can expect heavy damage to the structural integrity of their house which could be easily avoided if you knew how to troubleshoot your washing machine leakage problems.
Emergency Water Cleanup provides you with a list of areas of your washing machine that you can screen through to diagnose the root cause of the leakage:
Whose mistake is it anyway?
The common cause of what could go wrong with your washing machine is a loose hose. This can either be at the water inlet or at the water outlet. Always keep your hose in check, before turning on your tap and prior to draining out the dirty water after doing the laundry. Next time you face a leakage, and you suspect that it may be because of a loose hose you could do the following:
- Turn off the washing machine and remove the plug
- slide your washing machine out, just a little, and then inspect the hose
- If the hose is loose because of a missing hose clamp or if the connection appears to be unsteady, then you could try and tighten it.
- If the problem is majorly due to any cracks or aberrations in the structure of the hose then it is better to replace the worn out hose.
- Regularly keep tabs on the hose as and when you do laundry so that it doesn’t need to be changed or repaired when you least expect it.
Warranty void if Tub Seal is broken
If there is a leak from the bottom of your washing machine, especially during the rinse cycle of washing, then you can suspect damage to the tub seal. Replacing this part can usually resolve the issue. Accessing the tub seal is not so easy, as it is fitted to the top of the washing machine’s transmission. To get to the tub seal, you will have to remove the spin basket and flip the washing machine and then replace the tub seal. Now that is a laborious task and requires a lot of skill to get it done, hence it is advisable that you call in a professional to do the job.
Save your Sieve and unclog the filter
A filter, sieve or a catch basket is usually present in many of the old washing machines, though the newer ones may not have them. You may find it either at the top edge of the washing machine’s drum or at the end of the drain hose. When the filter is clogged it can cause a leakage that appears to cause a mess at the bottom of the washing machine. Such a filter or sieve separates solids from liquids or larger pieces of something from smaller pieces. But these should be regularly looked at because after a while, there can arise holes from which the filtered pieces will pass very easily and the whole purpose of having it will be lost.
Water Pumpkin danger
A faulty water pump can make your washing machine sound like a monster risen at halloween. When there is damage to the water pump, you can clearly hear a rumbling sound while the washing machine is turned on. This is very evident during the wash cycle of the machine. The machine may shake during the wash phase, which can cause the water to splash out and leaky surface is another hectic job if we go about to clean the whole area.
The water pump is housed inside the body of the washing machine and is under the drum. It is easy to differentiate it from other parts as it has two hose going in and out of the pump. The water pump issue may be due to the unsteady fixation of the hose or because of a faulty pump. You should not try to fix the hose by yourself as there could be a situation of the hose getting cut or broken which would cause even more trouble while the machine in itself is faulty. Repairing or replacing a pump is better done by a professional.
The Humpty dumpty machine
Never ever place your washing machine on an uneven surface. During the wash cycle, there is enough agitation inside the machine that could cause the machine to toppel and spill the water on the floor or at the very least, the water may splash out of the machine and onto the adjacent wall. It is best to keep the machine on a stable, even, and non slippery surface. Always make sure that the flooring has some friction, so that you avoid any slip and fall, if at all there is spillage of water around the washing machine.