How To Fix A Leaking Washer

We all know having your washer break can be a pain. Coming home to find out the washer has leaked all over the place in your laundry room creating a giant puddle of a mess is no fun for anyone. So to help give you some relief and peace of mind, we have created this how-to guide to help you diagnose the problem with your washer, figure out which part might need to be replaced on your machine, and help you determine whether you are comfortable fixing it yourself or if you will need to contact someone with experience to come out and fix your washer. Simply read through the list below. If one of the descriptions seems like it fits with why your washer is leaking, all you need to do from there is find the model number on your washer and enter it into the search bar to find the part you need. If you have a hard time finding the part you need for your washer, just give us a call at 866-236-3848 and one of our Part Experts would be happy to help you find the exact OEM replacement part you are looking for to fix your leaking washer.

NOTICE: Before trying to diagnose where your washer is leaking from, make sure to disconnect it from all power sources.

Washer Leak: Drain Hose or Fill Hose

If your washer is leaking water the first thing you should always check is the hoses. Specifically check the fill hose and the drain hose first.

Fill Hose

The fill hose is connected to your home’s water supply and fills the washer with water when doing a load of laundry. This hose is typically located on the back of the washing machine and connected to the water inlet valve. Check to see if everything is securely fastened on both ends of the fill hose and examine the hose to see if there are any cracks or imperfections.

Drain Hose

The drain hose is used to remove the water from the washer at the end of the wash cycle. This hose is also typically located on the back of the washer and connects to the drain in your laundry room. Check to make sure the drain hose is properly in place and examine it to see if there are any potential cracks or imperfections on the hose. Also, check your home’s drain system. Sometimes a clogged up drain will cause issues with the normal drainage process of your washer.
There are also internal hoses inside the casing of your washer that connect the drain and fill hoses to the tub and pump. Make sure these hoses are connected properly and the clamps are securely in place. Check these hoses for cracks and wear as well.

If you found that you need a new hose to fix your leaking washer: Shop Washer Hoses

Washer Leak: Drain Pump / Water Pump

The drain pump (also known as the water pump) drains water from the tub during the washer’s operation. If you notice water leaking from your washer during the wash or drain cycles, the drain pump might not be clamped to the hose well enough or the drain pump could be cracked or defective. If you find that the drain pump is damaged, it will have to be replaced. In most cases, if you replace the washer drain pump yourself, you will need to remove the front panel of your washer to access the part.

If you find that you will need a new pump: Shop Washer Pumps

Washer Leak: Water Inlet Valve

If you notice a leak from the rear of the washer while the washer is filling with water, check the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve controls the entrance of water into your machine through the fill hoses. It can become cracked or defective, leading to leaks. The water inlet valve can typically be reached by removing the back panel of the washer or by opening the lid. Also make sure to examine the hose areas to make sure the water drain hose is clamped properly, and to make sure that the water fill hose is securely connected to the washer.

If you find that you will need a new washer inlet valve: Shop Washer Inlet Valves

Washer Leak: Gasket / Door Boot Seal / Bellows

The gasket for top-load washers and the bellow or boot seal for front-load washers serve the same purpose – as a seal between the door/lid and the outer tub of the washer to prevent water from leaking from the machine while in use. This part can become cracked and worn over time, leading to leaks. Visually inspect the seal/gasket and replace if necessary. Sometimes detergent, dirt, and grime can build up in these areas causing the seal to not be as tight. If you examine your washer seal/gasket and see that this might be the cause of the leak, there is a cleaning product for that - use washing machine cleaning wipes.

If you find that you need to replace the part entirely: Shop Washer Gaskets, Seals, Bellows & Boot Seals

Washer Leak: Door Catch / Lock

The door catch is a part of front load washers that makes sure the washer door stays closed tightly while the washer is running. If the door catch is damaged it might still look like your washer door is closed tightly, but it will not be closed tight enough to prevent water leakage. Examine the door catch for possible damage. This part will need to be replaced if defective.

If you find that you need a new washer door catch: Shop Washer Lid Switches & Door Locks

More Washer Repair Parts:

We covered some of the most common issues above that cause washers to leak. If you find that you need a replacement part that is not listed above, feel free to browse our website or visit the washer parts page.

Locating the Model Number on your washer:

The model number on a washer can typically be found in one of four places: under the lid, on the back of the control panel, the bottom left corner (exterior), or the back of the washer near the water inlet valves (exterior).

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