Leaking Washer? The 5 Common Causes & At-Home Solutions To Try

Dealing with a leaking washer? Here are the top 5 most common culprits and a few tips that you can try to fix the issue at home.

There are few things worse than doing a load of laundry and noticing a large puddle of water on the floor afterwards.

Water damage can be quite devastating, which is why it is important to make sure that you fix the problem right away.

A leaking washer is no reason to panic as most of the time it is a simple fix that you will be able to do yourself.

The first thing that you need to do is to determine where the water is coming from and during what part of the wash cycle the leak begins.

Here are 5 of the most common causes of a leaking washer and what you can do yourself to try to fix the issue.


1. Check The Door

Water that is leaking from the door of the washer is the easiest to identify. Make sure that the door to the washer is closed completely.

Is there a piece of clothing trapped between the door and the seal? If there is, your problem is solved and you can go about your day.

If the door closes all the way, look over the seal. See if there are any cracks or some type of erosion. If the seal does not appear damaged, try cleaning it with a soft sponge. Detergent, hair, small bits of cotton, and other items can cause the door to leak. Make sure that you clean off the door as well.


2. Check The Hoses

In most cases the hoses that fill your washer are located in the back of your unit. Make sure that the fittings are tight.

The drain hose can become dislodged from your home’s drain. And while you’re at it, make sure that the leak you are seeing is not caused by a backed up drain.

The drain hose should be well positioned inside of the drain. If it comes out of the drainage area, it will leak directly onto the floor and cause a huge mess. If the hoses are loose or not in the right location, fix them and secure them in place and your leak should be fixed.


3. Blocked Dispenser

The dispenser drawer can become blocked by detergent that is not getting rinsed through with each cycle.

When the dispenser drawer becomes blocked, it can cause the water to overflow. Use some hot water to clean out the dispenser drawer and your leak should disappear.


4. Too Much Detergent

If you notice a lot of suds in your washer and you also have a puddle of water on the floor after washing a load of laundry, there is a good chance that you are using too much detergent.

To fix oversudsing add a mixture of one part vinegar to eight parts water. This should help get rid of the suds and you can start using less detergent to solve your leaking issue.


5. Water Pressure

When a front-loading washer is leaking from the soap drawer it is often because the water pressure is simply too high. Turning the water pressure down at the connection point should solve this issue.


We Can Help Fix Your Washer

If the tips above didn’t help you get rid of the leak, chances are, there’s something more serious that needs to be addressed. And in most cases, that’s a job best left to the experts!

Thankfully, our great team of washer repair technicians in Maple Ridge, BC is here to help you.

Give us a call at 604-300-8385 any time during our open hours to get booked in for a same-day or next-day appointment.



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