Do's and Don'ts when Repairing a Leaking Washing Machine
There are several different causes of a leaking washing machine. There are several simple issues that can cause problems. Some of these problems occur because the owner is not using the machine properly. Your washing machine should last about 4 to 8 years depending on how much it is used. These machines need to be maintained properly. There are many possible causes of a leak. Because these machines are quite large actually accessing the leaky spot can be tricky.
Find the Cause of the Leak
When repairing a leak try to find out where the leak is coming from first. A leak can be due to a hose malfunctioning or be due to problems during the wash cycle itself. Run the machine and start the water. Start looking for drips on the hoses that can be seen. Run a cycle and determine when the leaking actually occurs.
Check Hose Fitting
Check all the hose fittings as a loose hole can be a common place for a leak. Particularly if the machine was just installed, internal washers or the entire hose should be replaced. A missing or damaged rubber gasket can cause many problems. Start the fill cycle and open the machine cabinet to find any internal leaks. Areas that are leaking may be rusted or have calcium deposits. Top loading washers will need to have the back panel removed. Go ahead and do this but be careful. Make sure that the machine is turned off before doing this.
Do Look up Direction for the Repair
There are many guides on how to perform the needed repair. Also do realize when the repair is beyond your grasp and a professional is needed. A washing machine repair man can locate and fix a leaky machine in under an hour. This is an inexpensive repair that will cost less than $100.
Don't Start the Repair Until You don't have Machine Diagram
The machine can be plugged in when trying to find the leak but it needs to be unplugged when performing the actual repair. Before taking the machine apart ensure that the floor drain has not been plugged. This can happen and is easy to fix. Do not start pulling the machine apart until you have a diagram of the machine and know what each part is and what parts the hoses connect to.
Don't Start the Repair without All Tools
Make sure that the proper tools are used to fix the problem. There are special hose clamp pliers that can be used for replacing hoses and clamps. To remove tub seals a special spanner wrench is needed. Using the wrong tool can further damage the machine and the repair will not work properly.
Don't Work if you have Back Problems
A leaky tub fitting is the most difficult to fix. If you are prone to back problems then don't do it yourself, rather get help to lift the tub out of the washing machine. Be aware of rust. If the machine has completely rusted through where the leak is then the repair is not going to fix anything. It is time to get a new washing machine.
Don't Repair All the Time
Do not assume that everything can be fixed. At some point in time the machine will just keep breaking no matter what you do.