It’s a common household conundrum: why is my washer dripping water inside, or why is my washing machine leaking when not in use? Understanding these issues is crucial, not only for maintaining the longevity of your machine but also for ensuring the safety and efficiency of your home.
In the points below, we cover a few of the most common reasons why your washing machine might be leaking water.
Debris in the Water Inlet Valve: A Hidden Culprit
One of the more elusive causes of a washing machine dripping when not in use could be debris caught in the water inlet valve. This valve, responsible for controlling the flow of water into your washer, can become obstructed by sediment or mineral deposits, especially in areas with hard water. This obstruction can prevent the valve from closing properly, leading to a slow but steady drip inside the machine.
When Technology Falters: Timer or Control Board Issues
In this digital age, even our washing machines rely heavily on electronic components. A malfunctioning timer or a faulty control board can lead to erratic behaviour, including unexpected leaks. These sophisticated components require a professional eye for accurate diagnosis and repair (a service that National Appliance Repairs is more than equipped to provide).
The Washer’s Heart: Leaking Pump Problems
The pump, often considered the heart of the washing machine, is another common source of leaks. A washing machine leaking when not in use might indicate a compromised pump. Over time, seals can wear out or the pump itself can crack, leading to water escaping even when the machine is idle.
Loose Hose Connections: A Simple Yet Overlooked Issue
Sometimes the answer lies in the basics – loose hose connections are among the most straightforward yet frequently overlooked causes of a washing machine leak. Regularly checking and tightening hose connections can prevent water from seeping out. It’s a simple fix, but it can save you from a bigger headache down the line.
The Tub Seal: The Guardian Against Leaks
The tub seal acts as a barrier, preventing water from leaking during the wash cycle. If this seal is not properly secured or has worn out, you might find your washing machine dripping inside. This issue requires a delicate touch and precise replacement, which is something that one of our friendly National Appliance Repairs experts can assist with.
Door Seal or Gasket Damage (Front-Loading Washers)
The rubber seal around the door of front-loading washers can degrade over time due to regular wear and tear, or from residues left by detergents and fabric softeners. Regular cleaning and inspection can prolong the seal’s life; if you notice cracks or significant wear, it’s advisable to replace the seal to prevent leaks.
A crack in the internal drum can be caused by overloading or objects like coins left in clothes – this can lead to water seeping out during cycles. This issue often requires professional assessment and in some cases, the drum can be repaired, but a replacement might be necessary for severe damage.
Clogged or Faulty Drain Hose
The drain hose can become obstructed by debris or get kinked, twisted, or damaged, leading to improper drainage and leakage. For this reason, it’s important to regularly check and clean the drain hose. Ensure it’s properly connected and free of kinks (replace it if you find any damage).
Overflow Due to Overloading
Adding too many clothes can cause water and suds to overflow, especially in machines without load-sensing technology. Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding load capacity. If you suspect a mechanical issue, a technician can check for faults in the load sensor or related components.
Faulty Water Level Sensor or Pressure Switch
These components regulate the water level – if faulty, they can cause the machine to overfill, leading to leaks. Testing and, if necessary, replacing these components usually requires professional skills and tools.
Improperly Levelled Machine
An uneven washer can lead to water spilling out, especially during the spin cycle. You can use a level to check your machine’s balance, and if you find that it’s uneven, simply adjust the legs of the washer to ensure it’s perfectly horizontal.
Detergent Overuse (or Using the Wrong Type)
Excess suds from too much detergent or the use of non-HE (High Efficiency) detergent in HE machines can cause leaks. Follow the detergent dosage recommended by the manufacturer and ensure you’re using the correct type of detergent for your model.
Need professional assistance? Call National Appliance Repairs today
At National Appliance Repairs, we understand the nuances of washing machine maintenance and repair. Our team of skilled technicians is equipped to handle everything from a simple hose tightening to a complete pump replacement on any make and model of washing machine, including commercial ones. With our convenient, reliable, and affordable services available Australia-wide, you can rest assured that your appliance is in expert hands – whether you’re in Sydney, Adelaide or elsewhere.
Should you find yourself puzzling over washing machine leak causes, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our commitment is to provide not only a solution to your appliance woes, but also the knowledge to understand and prevent future issues – trust National Appliance Repairs to keep your home running smoothly.