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Why is my washing machine leaking?

Follow our guide to identify why you have a washing machine leak

A leak coming from any of your home appliances, especially the washing machine, can lead to significant damage and costly repair the longer the problem persists. When you spot a washing machine leak, get immediate assistance from the experts at Bodewell. With extensive training in many major appliance brands, you can feel confident knowing your home is in good hands. Start by following our guide to identifying common sources of washing machine leaks.

1. Top-load washing machine is leaking in front

If your top-load washer is leaking from the front, it’s most likely an issue of over-usage. This can be resolved with a few adjustment to how you do laundry in your machine. First, always use the correct detergent for your washer and follow the directions on the label. Second, do not fill your washer with more laundry than it can handle in a cycle. Refer to your appliance owner’s manual for explicit instruction on the maximum laundry your machine can safely handle.

If your top-load washer is leaking from the front, it’s most likely an issue of over-usage. This can be resolved with a few adjustment to how you do laundry in your machine. First, always use the correct detergent for your washer and follow the directions on the label. Second, do not fill your washer with more laundry than it can handle in a cycle. Refer to your appliance owner’s manual for explicit instruction on the maximum laundry your machine can safely handle.

2. Front-load washing machine is leaking in front

If your front-load washing machine is leaking from the front, the culprit is often the washer’s door seal. Make sure the door seal (also called a door gasket) is clear of any debris or build-up and check the folds for any obstructions (like loose pens, hair clips, or other items). If you spot any damage, cracks, or warping to the door seal, it will need to be replaced.

If your front-load washing machine is leaking from the front, the culprit is often the washer’s door seal. Make sure the door seal (also called a door gasket) is clear of any debris or build-up and check the folds for any obstructions (like loose pens, hair clips, or other items). If you spot any damage, cracks, or warping to the door seal, it will need to be replaced.

3. Washing machine is leaking from the rear

If your washing machine is leaking from the rear, this may be an issue of poor hose connection. First, hand tighten the hose at the back of the machine—loose hoses are prone to leaking. If there are any cracks or other exterior damage, the hose will need to be replaced.

If your washing machine is leaking from the rear, this may be an issue of poor hose connection. First, hand tighten the hose at the back of the machine—loose hoses are prone to leaking. If there are any cracks or other exterior damage, the hose will need to be replaced.

4. Washing machine leaking oil on the floor

Water isn’t the only substance that can leak from your washing machine. If you spot oil pooling on the floor around your washer, there’s probably an issue with the appliance’s transmission. Do not use the washer in this state and immediately schedule service with an expert technician.

Water isn’t the only substance that can leak from your washing machine. If you spot oil pooling on the floor around your washer, there’s probably an issue with the appliance’s transmission. Do not use the washer in this state and immediately schedule service with an expert technician.

5. Washing machine is overflowing

Water overflowing from a washing machine means there’s a major problem with your water valve or pressure switch. Immediately remove the machine from its power supply and request expedited service from your trusted service professionals.

Water overflowing from a washing machine means there’s a major problem with your water valve or pressure switch. Immediately remove the machine from its power supply and request expedited service from your trusted service professionals.

Can’t stop the leak? Call on the professionals.

If your washing machine is leaking, you should always take it seriously. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help, it may save you from costly repairs in the future. You can trust our technicians at Bodewell for quality repair and services to get your home appliances back in harmony. Call or schedule an appointment today.

If your washing machine is leaking, you should always take it seriously. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help, it may save you from costly repairs in the future. You can trust our technicians at Bodewell for quality repair and services to get your home appliances back in harmony. Call or schedule an appointment today.

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