The 3 Primary Tactics To Use To Diagnose A Washing Machine Leak

Posted on: 3 December 2018

More than 660 million loads of laundry are done by consumers every week, which shows just how much the average household relies on their home washing machine. Just as the case with most water-related appliances, washing machines can develop leaks, and these leaks can be a huge worry. One of the best ways to make sure you are able to get your washing machine repaired quickly is to figure out where the water is coming from. Here are three tactics to help you diagnose a washing machine leak. 

Where are you finding water?

This is probably the most important thing to look at when you are trying to determine why your washing machine is leaking. Water that is found under the front of the washer beneath the door may be leaking from the door. Water found under the washing machine may be coming from a broken seal inside. These are only a few examples, but make sure you do take a mental note of where the water is being found before you call an appliance repair professional. 

Does the water have detergent in it?

Determining whether the water has detergent in it will help you figure out at what point in the wash cycle the water may have been leaked. For example, if you are finding water near the back of the washing machine and it does not have detergent in it, the water may be leaking when the washer fills up and the leak may be coming from the water supply lines instead of the washing machine. On the contrary, if the water you find does have detergent in it, it is more likely that the leak is occurring during a wash spin cycle from the tub or the door. 

At what point in the wash cycle does water show up?

If you can't diagnose where the leak is happening by looking at the location of the water and whether the water is filled with detergent, try watching your washer through an entire cycle. Kick the washing machine on a quick cycle with a load in it and relax in a chair while you watch the appliance go through the different functions. Determining at what point in the cycle water is leaking can really help point you at what is exactly causing the problem. For instance, a washing machine that leaks during the spin cycle may have an inner drum that has slipped off of the seal.