Washer Leaking From Bottom | Fix A Leaky Washer

Before you begin exploring your washer for the source of a water leak, disconnect it from the electrical supply.

Washing machine leaks are very common, in fact one of the main reasons a washing machine is replaced with the new one, is that at the end of the cycle there is water on the floor under the washer. It is important to make sure that your washer is leaking and not oversudsing. An oversudsing washer will put water on the floor, and then when you inspect the washer for the source of the leak, none can be found.

If you have a front loading washer and the suds cover the door, you have an oversudsing washer. For more information on oversudsing, click here

If your washer is leaking, it is a potentially dangerous situation. It doesn't matter if you have a top loading washer, or a front loading washer, most washing machine motors and some electronic controls are located underneath the tub that holds the water. Therefore if you have a leak above the motor, or electronic control, there is a potential for electrical shock.

Before you call a service technician to service your washer, you can check some common areas and may be able to do the repair yourself.

The first place that you should look for a water leak on a washing machine, is around the hoses in the back of the washer. Check the fill hoses that are connected from the house water supply to the water inlet valve on the washer. Most washing machine fill hoses use a 3/4 inch connection to the washer and the house water supply. These hoses have little gaskets in them that sometimes fail. If you have a bad gasket on a fill hose, it's probably best to replace both fill hoses. You would be wise to use a premium grade fill hose such as braided stainless steel. Each year countless laundry rooms unexpectedly get their floors washed when a washer fill hose bursts. This lets the full pressure of the house water supply spill out behind the washer until it is turned off. Replacing your washer fill hoses with premium grade fill hoses, will eliminate this risk.

The next common place you should look for leak is the washer drain hose. The washer drain hose is connected from the washer to the drain pipe or washtub near your washer. Sometimes in tight installations, this hose will rub against the washer or the wall. After awhile the drain hose develops a leak. Washer drain hoses are very easy to replace. Rather than use a universal drain hose, use the model number from your washer and get the exact drain hose for your model washer from an appliance parts dealer.

Another common area for leaks on a washing machine, is the washer pump. While it is impossible to list the inspection procedure for every brand, and every model washer here, you can gain access to the pump on most washing machines by removing an access panel. On some brands like direct drive washer's the cabinet has to be lifted off, because the pump is located in the front and there is no access panel.

Another place that you can check for a leak, is the detergent dispenser. Make sure that it is not clogged with detergent or fabric softener. If it is, water will splash out of it and onto the floor.

The bottom line is that a non technical person can spot and repair the most common places for water leaks on a washer without spending the money on a service technician.