Puddles in the laundry room are something no homeowner wants to deal with. Not only is it a pain to mop up the mess and dry things out, it also makes conditions hazardous for anyone who needs to use the laundry room, and is a waste of water. Usually, puddles on the floor are a sign that your washing machine is leaking. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the cause of said leaks.
In this post, ductless air conditioning installation experts from WM Buffington Company, Inc. discuss the possible causes of leaks coming from your washing machine.
Top-Loading Washer Leaks
There are three areas where your washing machine can leak if you have the top-loading variety. The first is at the front of the washer; this is usually caused by a clogged or tilted overflow tube. Clogs can occur due to excess suds from too much detergent or a combination of inappropriate laundry products. Overloading the washer, the washer becoming out of balance and interference with the spray rinse function are other possible causes of top-loading washer leaks from the front.
Leaks at the back of the washer, on the other hand, can happen if you forget to remove the manufacturer’s drain plug before installing the drain hose. Make sure that this hose is properly secured to the drainpipe as well to prevent leaks during the washer’s spin cycle. Leaks under the washer, meanwhile, are an indicator that there’s a hole in your water pump, which should be replaced immediately with the help of a washing machine and home air conditioning repair expert.
Front-Loading Washer Leaks
Leaks from the front of front-loading washing machines can be caused by a door seal that isn’t kept clean, which allows dirt and soap to build up. Make sure to clean the gasket weekly to prevent this from happening. Leaks can also occur if the door isn’t closed properly, so you’ll need to check to make certain the hinges aren’t loose and the door is aligned correctly. Leaks at the back of a front-loading washer often originate from the same location as those that occur at the back of top-loading washers.
If your front-loading washer is leaking from underneath, make sure to check the inner and outer drum. The outer drum of a front-loading washer is made of two halves and bolted together. If the drum starts leaking, it’s possible the seams will need to be repaired or replaced to prevent leaks.
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