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A Quick Guide On How To Fix Washing Machine Leaks

If you really want to keep your water bill down this month, go the extra mile of trying to find even the smallest of leaks that happen behind the scenes in your home. Normally, water leaks from appliances are hard to detect even to homeowners who are adept at DIY repair tasks. You may, for instance, mistakenly think that the water on the floor that is due to a leaky washing machine is the result of a floor drain. This happens! Here is how to detect and deal with washing machine repairs.

Common places where washing machine leaks occur

Common washing machine leaks happen through a broken pump and water supply hoses. However, you may experience additional problem areas depending on the brand of your machine. So, before attempting any repair, you should find out what brand your machine is.

While repairs for the belt drive washing machine are similar to those of direct drive, they tend to be easier for the latter. With the user manual, however, you can fix any leaks--even those that are specific to your brand. For a quick fix of water supply hoses and pump leaks, below are the procedures:

A leaky pump

In most cases, a pump will leak around the pulley seal. Such a leak calls for the replacement of the pump. Here is how to go about replacing the pump:

  1. Unplug the machine from the power source
  2. Loosen the motor bolts to relieve the tension on the belt
  3. Remove the pump by first disconnecting the hoses and then unscrewing the mounting bolts
  4. Install a new pump. Ensure that the agitator slot is aligning properly with the pump pulley
  5. Tighten the mounting bolt to add more tension on the belt

Note, if the belt is worn out, it is advisable to replace it as well.

Leaky water supply hoses

Supply hoses can leak due to a number of factors, including worn out hoses, rusted or corroded clamps or burst hoses. So the first step in fixing a leaky hose is determining the source of the leak. After that, follow these procedures:

  1. Open the access panel and look inside for leaks while the washing machine fills with water.
  2. To remove any old and worn out hoses, squeeze the clamp together, slide it down and pull off the hose.
  3. Replace the hose and clamp with new parts of the same kind.

Following the above procedures will help you keep water bills down.