Washing Machine Leaking Water From Below – How To Fix?

Washing Machine Leaking Water From Below – How To Fix?

Washer Leaking From Bottom Here are tips for fixing a washer that leaks water from below. When your washing machine leaks, there can be many reasons. These troubleshooting methods will cover leaks from the bottom, during filling, when not in use, during the wash cycle, at the front, back of the washer, around the door, and from the detergent drawer. The information covered can be used on all front load and top load washing machines as the information below is generalized to all washer water leak issues.

Washer Leaking From Bottom

Note: If the washing machine is leaking from the back, it may look like it is leaking from below because water will flow forward and you may think the washer is leaking from below. The best thing to do when a washer is leaking is to verify the location of the leak before starting troubleshooting as this will help you pinpoint the problem.

Most Common Causes of Washer Leaking: If the washing machine is leaking, first try to determine if the water hose is leaking. This is the most common problem when a washer leaks. The water hose at the back of the washer may be loose and just need to be tightened by hand.

Troubleshooting what’s causing a washing machine to leak (Most Common Fixes):

  • Unplug the washing machine from the power outlet.
  • Slide the washer out about 12 inches (be careful not to damage the water hose).
  • Locate the water hose on the back of the washer.
  • Find where the water hose connects to the wall and the back of the washer.
  • Hand-tighten both water hoses connected to the water outlets on the wall (hot and cold).
  • Tighten both water hoses connected to the washing machine (hot and cold) by hand.

This is the most common reason why a washer leaks, if you still have a water leak, see below for more information…

Troubleshooting what causes a leaking back of a washing machine:

  • Inspect the water hoses and connections to see if they are the source of the water leak.
  • Using your hand, feel the connections for moisture.
  • If you find moisture or the connection is leaking check to make sure it is installed correctly and securely.
  • Turn off the water, remove the water hose, and check the water hose washers in the threading.
  • If the water hose washer is damaged, replace and reconnect all 4 water hose washers with new ones.

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Water Connection Behind Washer – Water Hose Washer (Seal) Could Be Leaking

Troubleshooting a water leak from the detergent drawer:

  • Check that the detergent being used is being used as per the instructions/manual.
  • Make sure the detergent does not go beyond the marked maximum line in the detergent drawer.
  • If water leaks from the washer detergent drawer, use less detergent.
  • Always make sure the detergent drawer is completely closed while the washer is running.

Troubleshooting that the washer drain hose is not the problem:

  • Make sure the drain hose is inserted no more than 6 inches into the tub or standpipe.
  • Make sure the drain hose is properly secured so that it doesn’t fall down.
  • Use a zip-tie to secure the drain hose to the standpipe.
  • Standpipes must be no less than 18 inches and longer or longer than 96 inches.
  • Check to make sure the drain hose and standpipe are not airtight as this can cause problems.
  • Make sure the drain hose has a hose retainer to hold it in place.
  • If the drain pipe is placed correctly, make sure the washing machine is at 100% level.

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Make Sure The Drain Hose Is Inserted No More Than 6 Inches Into Tub Or Standpipe.

Troubleshooting If The Washer Drain Pump Is Causing The Leak:

  • Check the drain pump area for any leaks.
  • Inspect the water hoses going into and out of the drain pump.
  • Check all hose clamps on the water lines at the drain pump to make sure they are tight and not damaged.
  • To fix a leaking water hose on the drain pump, tighten it to prevent water leakage.
  • If you find a damaged water line or hose clamp on the drain pump, replace it with a new one.
  • Leaking drain pump needs to be replaced.

Once you have troubleshooting all the above issues, run a quick wash cycle and see if the water leak has stopped.

More Washing Machine Leaking Help (Troubleshooting)

Washer still leaking?

If after checking all the above troubleshooting methods you still have a leaking washer, then you will need to do further troubleshooting of the washer water leak. We recommend finding the washing machine service manual for your washer (Amana, Bosch, Frigidaire, Haier, HiSense, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool) and then checking the following parts in the list below.. .

Check the following parts of the washing machine to make sure they are not leaking:

  • Hoses – Leaks in the washer or at the wall water faucet can cause back leaks.
  • Drain Pump – May be clogged or a hose may be loose causing a bottom leak.
  • Water Inlet Valve – May be faulty, loose or clogged causing leakage from rear/bottom.
  • Tub Cover Gasket – May be damaged and allow water to leak out from the front.
  • Door Catch – Keeps the door closed, if damaged, may leak water from the front.
  • Boot Seal / Tub Seal – On the transmission shaft where the basket shaft enters the tub and can leak from below if damaged.
  • Bellows or door boot seals – may further damage the front loader during the fill or spin cycle and cause water leaks in the front.
  • Water Level Switch / Pressure Switch – Sets the correct water level and may overfill if faulty.



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