By and large, washing machines are dependable and long lasting appliances. Nonetheless, they do have a tendency to develop unwanted leaks over time. Such leaks can range from the relatively minor to a full fledged flood. If you have noticed that your washing machine is showing signs of a leak, here are two common causes and how to fix it.
There are two supply hoses leading into the back of your washing machine, one for cold water and one for hot. They are attached to two corresponding water valves nearby. Supply hoses, especially ones made of rubber, tend to degrade and develop leaks over time. Even braided stainless steel hoses can develop problems if the washer inside of the hose tip starts to break down.
Maneuver your washing machine so that you can see the supply hoses, and then turn it on. If you see water dripping from around the hoses, turn the machine off and then unplug it to protect yourself from risk of shock. Use a pair of adjustable pliers to unscrew the leaking supply hose from the back of your machine. Just inside of the hose, you should see a rubber washer. Remove this and replace it with a corresponding washer.
If you notice that the hoses themselves look worn, degraded, or corroded, it's a good idea to replace them too. Rubber hoses may even develop worrisome bulges. These mean that the hose is weakening, and could burst at any time. Avoid a potential flood by replacing such hoses before you run the washer again.
Supply hoses aren't the only problematic hoses for a washing machine. Just as liable to develop problems are the two pump hoses, one of which leads from tub to pump, the other from pump to drain. To inspect these hoses, you will first need to remove the access panel covering the back of the machine. (Depending on your model, a front panel may provide better access to the pump; check your owner's manual to determine the easiest means of access).
Pump hoses are secured to the pump by means of spring clamps. When these spring clamps become worn out, leaks tend to form. Try briefly running your machine, while watching to see whether water is escaping from around the pump hoses. If so, turn off and unplug the machine. Now use a pair of adjustable pliers to remove the faulty spring clamps. If you are unable to do this, you may need to purchase a pair of hose clamp pliers. Take the old clamp to your local home improvement store to find an appropriate replacement.
For more information, talk to a leak repair professional.