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My washing machine Is leaking

If your washing machine is leaking, this quick and simple guide will help you find and stop the problem

A washing machine leak is a bit of a nightmare for all kinds of reasons. Puddles on the kitchen floor and the thought of paying out for a repair. Before you get someone in to take a look, there are a few simple checks you can carry out that will save you time and money, even if you do need to call a plumber out.

Before the checks

Before carrying out any checks, make sure the washing machine isn’t connected to any power. You’ll also need to make sure it’s level and stable as an unbalanced machine can cause leaks from the front. Who knows, that could be the cause of the leak in the first place.

Water at the back

This is likely to be caused by a problem with the supply hoses. The hose carries water into the drum while it’s washing your clothes; you’ll be able to find them at the back of the machine. Double check that they are fully attached and secure. If they are corroded, you’ll need to replace the hose and get some new washers. But, if there’s no damage to the hose, new washers should tighten up the connection and stop the leak.

Leaks at the front

First things first, check the seals around the door and frame. Look for anything trapped or any areas that look loose, cracked or torn that could be letting water seep out or preventing the door from closing properly. The hinges on the door can also affect the seal, so check those out too. If you find any damage or snags, the seal could need replacing.

Water under the washer

Leaks under the washer will normally be caused by damage to the water pump or other internal hoses. The seals can become worn out over time and may start to let water out. If this is the case, the guilty pump or hose will need to be replaced. We recommend getting a professional to come and help with anything you don’t feel confident changing yourself. The manufacturers know everything there is to know about their products. Give them a call and see if they can help you any further. There are a bunch of practical, everyday steps you can take to prevent blockages and damage to your washing machine. See ‘How to take care of your washing machine’ for all of our handy tips.