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Washer Leaking from Bottom - How to Repair It

Likely one of the more “inconvenient” types of leaks (not like any leak is convenient), washer leaking from the bottom can either quickly or very quickly wreak havoc.

You likely have your washing machine in either your bathroom or your kitchen. If it’s the bathroom, perhaps it can’t get that bad but if it’s the kitchen, you may experience quite extensive damage, especially if the water reaches your electrical system.

So, let’s fix this. Today we cover it all – what causes the washer to leak from the bottom, and how to fix it. 

Let’s dive right in!

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Common Causes of Washer Leaks

You first need to identify what exactly caused the washer to leak from the bottom before you proceed with any repairs. It could be a couple of things:

Loose Washer Hose

A washer hose is connected to a washing machine to facilitate the flow of water in and out of the appliance.

There are two main types of hoses associated with a washing machine:

  1. Inlet Hoses: These hoses bring water into the washing machine. Typically, there are two inlet hoses – one for hot water and one for cold water. These hoses connect to water supply valves or faucets on the wall.
  2. Outlet or Drain Hose: This hose carries the used water from the washing machine to a drain or a laundry sink. It is usually connected to a drain pump or directly to the washer’s tub.

You first step would be to see which one of these has given out.

Washer hoses often get disconnected after enough time passes. This disconnection can then lead to water leaking from the bottom. This may be sped up if your washing machine vibrates a lot or if the hoses were improperly installed in the beginning.

Check the hose clamps. These are used to secure hoses onto fittings, connectors, or other components in the washing machine.

If they are not sealed, this could be why your washer is leaking from the bottom. Sometimes, you can seal them on your own. Other times, you might need professional help.

Damaged Drain Pump

The drain pump’s primary function is to pump out the used water from the washing machine during the drain cycle. The pump is typically located near the bottom of the washing machine and is connected to the drain hose.

This one can also get damaged. The pump can become clogged with debris such as lint, coins, or other stuff left in pockets. Things like hairpins, buttons, or small articles of clothing can also find their way into the pump and damage the pump’s impeller or motor.

Seals or gaskets intended to prevent water from leaking can become worn, cracked, or damaged. Water can then escape, leading to leaks.

And lastly, besides typical wear and tear, electrical issues like power surges or fluctuations can cause the pump’s motor to malfunction. Without a properly working motor, the pump will fail.

Defective Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve controls the flow of water into the washing machine. It opens and closes to allow hot and cold water to enter the machine during specific phases of the wash cycle.

The valve is typically located at the back of the washing machine and is connected to the water supply hoses we’ve touched upon earlier.

It can leak water if it doesn’t close when it’s supposed to. Sediment or debris from the water supply can accumulate inside the valve, making it unable to close.

Also, this valve is operated by a solenoid. If this solenoid doesn’t work, the entire valve may be defective. The coil within the solenoid can burn out or fail due to prolonged use or other electrical issues like faulty wiring.

Leaking Tub Seal

A tub seal prevents water from leaking out of the machine’s tub.

The tub seal is typically located at the point where the outer tub (the part that holds the water) connects to the transmission or the center post. It serves as a barrier to keep water inside the tub during the wash and spin cycles.

This one call also leak, and replacing it can be quite difficult. 

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How to Repair Water Damage from a Washer Leak

It’s pretty simple to repair water damage from a leaking washer once you’ve identified what caused it:

  • Look at the pump and see it’s filter. Is there any debris blocking the water?
  • Are the hoses properly connected?
  • Check all the seals meant to prevent water leaks. Have they given out?
  • Is the valve properly working?
  • Is the tub seal damaged?

Once you know the source, you have to repair it either on your own or with the help of an appliance repair technician. 

Most likely, damaged components will have to be replaced with new ones.

Now, for water cleanup itself, you have to be cautious. If the water has reached your electrical system, DO NOT touch or step into the water.

It’s unlikely that the flood is that big, but it can happen, especially if you’ve left the washer to work while you’re away and don’t notice the leak in time.

Water could have soaked up your flooring, carpets, or even walls. You may have even seen mold.

This is when things start to get serious.

If our DIY restoration guide doesn’t help, make sure to call a restoration professional to help you with this. 

Conclusion

That’s it! A washer leaking from the bottom is, unfortunately, just one type of washing machine leaks.

Make sure to consult with a professional if things got out of hand. Use RepairSprout to locate a restoration professional near you!

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