What Causes a Leaking Washing Machine?

Soapy water leaking from a white washing machine in a blue laundry room.

A leaking washing machine is a common occurrence in many homes. Water may leak from the machine during the washing while at other times leaking will manifest after washing. If left unattended for long, the overflow can lead to other problems like water damage, creating more work for you.

The excess water created by the leak has to be mopped. If left on the floor it accumulates into a pool which can cause an accident. Fortunately, most leaks are easy to identify and correct. Below are some of the common causes of leaks on a washing machine.

Defective Door Seal

Older washing machines are more likely to develop a problem with the door. Door parts also tend to wear out faster for machines that are heavily used. Door seals get worn out with time. Slits or holes in the seal let water out which accumulates under the machine. It is best to replace a faulty door seal. Fortunately, this is one of the replaceable parts that does not cost much to replace.

Faulty Connections

Improper or loose connections can allow water to leak from a washing machine. Fittings, especially at the back of the machine, may have worn out. If the hose isn't properly connected to the faucet, a leak is bound to occur. The water inlet valve may be loosely fitted. It is a good idea to check the washer connections periodically to ensure they are all properly fitted. Tighten any loose connections you may notice at the valve or faucet points.

Clamps on the hose may have come off. If so, these will have to be secured. However, be careful not to over-tighten the various washer connections. Connections that are too tight create tension and strain which can lead to other problems on the washing machine.

Worn Out Drain Hose or Valves

Sometimes the washer will only leak during a spin cycle. The most likely cause is a leaking drain hose. This discharges the water from the machine into the household drainage system. The drain hose is one the most common washing machine parts that gets worn out with frequent use.

Fortunately, you can easily fix this problem by replacement. Valves also wear out with time. Excessively hot water can cause the valves to crack at some point. If water is left in the washer during the winter, freezing will occur which can cause the valves to crack. Faulty valves can also be easily replaced.

Excessive Suds

Using too much detergent creates a large amount of suds. This can give rise to clothes washer leaks. Leaks caused by excessive suds can easily be spotted at the washing machine door. To prevent too much suds during washing, use less detergent or switch to a detergent that doesn’t create over-sudsing.

Soap Dispenser

A blockage in the soap dispenser can cause leaking. Powder washing detergent sometimes fails to dissolve properly. The undissolved detergent will cause an obstruction in the dispenser. The hose connected to the dispenser may also develop some build-up that must be cleared.

Your leaking washing machine problem has been identified. Now it's time to move on to the repairs.