There is nothing fun about walking into your laundry room to find a puddle of water surrounding your washing machine. Indeed, this is never a good sign, but it doesn’t always mean that your washer needs to be replaced. You may just need a simple washer repair. Before you panic, let’s take a look at a few steps that you can take to determine the cause of your washer leaking and if you should call the knowledgeable and friendly team at Royal Appliance Parts and Service.
Before you attempt to make any diagnosis about your leaking washing machine, the first thing you must do is unplug it. Electric and water do not mix and you do not want to get electrocuted. Once you have unplugged the machine, it is time to determine if the leak is coming from the front or rear of your machine.
To do this, thoroughly dry the area around the washer, and then plug it back in and run a cycle. As your machine runs, observe it for any leaking. If you go through two or more cycles and things stay dry, the leak may have been a fluke, and you should be ok. However, if water begins to appear again, it is time for a deeper investigation. If you are not comfortable with this, it may be time to call a repairman.
If the water is coming from the front of the machine, it may be due to a clogged or misplaced overflow tube. Front leaks can also come from using too much laundry detergent in a high efficiency (HE) machine or if your water is softened. The best way to check this is to take a recently laundered item and place it in water. If soap suds appear, you should cut back on your detergent usage. The final reason machines may leak is due to a dirty gasket which can cause improper sealing of your front loader’s door. Cleaning this should allow the door to seal correctly and the leak issue to be resolved.
Now, if water leakage is coming from the back of your machine make sure that all your hoses are connected correctly to the machine complete with rubber washers to guarantee they are sealing properly and not leaking. If your hoses are older, a tiny leak can quickly turn into a disastrous cascade of water. Replacing old hoses can be a very smart choice to extend the life of your washing machine and protect your home from leaks.
If you have observed and found that leaking is not coming from the front or back of your washing machine, but underneath, you should pick up the phone and call a trusted washing machine repair technician. Leaks from this area typically signal an issue with the drum and need professional repair.
If you are having washing machine problems, you don’t have to deal with them alone. The highly-trained technicians at Royal Appliance Parts and Service and ready and waiting to assist you today.