• Tue, Jul 3 2007

My Washing Machine is Leaking!

leaking washing machineDo you know how long washing machines are supposed to last? Mine is barely 7 years old, and is already leaking water somewhere. Hubby and I can’t find the source. For the past 7 or so loads of laundry, we’ve found little pools of water underneath the machine.

A service guy is coming on Thursday to take a look at it. Meanwhile, my laundry pile is growing rather alarmingly. We had just come back from a weekend out of town to attend a cousin’s wedding. I did manage to get most of our laundry done before the trip. But it’s already been a couple of days and already I’m sorely tempted to throw in a load or two. Maybe it will be OK and all we’ll have is the little pool of water. But I’m also afraid to make the leak worse, and cause a flood.

I hope the leak doesn’t turn out to be too serious. I did find this information on diyfaq.com. Somehow, it made me all the more sure to get a professional to do the job. There are some things around the house that we’ll attempt to do on our own. This is not one of them.

My washer is leaking, why?
There are several reasons for a washer leaking, it could be a broken door seal, pump or pipe. These require a visual inspection of where the leak is coming from, and usually a replacement of the offending part. Sometimes it might just be the union where the pipe needs tightening, but again a visual inspection is the only answer.

Tell tale signs that the pump is leaking, is usually a white residue around the pump mountings where the soapy water has evaporated and left a trail of dried soap. The door seal performs two functions, its stops water from getting out through the hole where the clothes are placed into the drum, and it also bridges the gap between the front of the cabinet and the wash tub. A leak in the door seal might drip water just behind the front face of the machine, and this is usually caused by a hole in the seal which must be replaced. A leak down the front panel could be caused by an ineffective seal between the rubber and the door glass, which might be solved by simply cleaning any soap residue away from the glass, and a smear of washing up liquid around the edge of the door seal might be enough to restore a good seal. Should this not work then a replacement seal would be necessary.

The seals are universal in their fitting methods and require removing from the front panel first, then access can be made to where the door seal fits to the tub.

Another cause of a leak is overfilling, which could be caused by the water level sensor being faulty. This consists of a pressure barrel which can be located at the bottom of the tub, or on one of the pipes leading to the pump, this forces air up a pipe as the water level is increased. The pipe leads to a pressure chamber which activates the level switch, or switches, depending on how many levels of water are detected by your model of washing machine. Common failure points here are a blocked pressure chamber (soap residue), a split pipe, detached pipe or broken pressure switch. The pressure switch (Pressostat) can be tested by removing the pipe and blowing into it, you should hear distinct clicks for each water level.

I’ll keep you updated.

source: diyfaq.com

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  • Callie

    A washing machine is one of the easiest and most money-saving things to fix around the house, in my opinion! My dad kept our old one going for years and years when I was growing up – now as a busy grad student I still find time to fix my old one when anything goes wrong – just do some googling, read carefully, and take photos before I take anything apart so I know how to put it back together. Last fix I did, the repair place that I called told me I should just buy a new washer, but by finding and ordering the part online I managed to fix it myself for about $40 :D