When household appliances breakdown, it is important to be able to work out what the problem is yourself whenever possible, as this can save you a lot of money. There are some problems that you can fix without getting expensive professional help and a washing machine that leaks is often one of them. A leaking washing machine is cheaper to fix than buying a new one and if you can repair it yourself, then it will be even cheaper. It is a common problem for washing machines to spring a leak, so being able to fix this issue with a few household tools is a great way to avoid the huge bill of getting a professional in to do it for you or to replace it.
There are a few things that can cause a leak and determining what the problem is, is the most important thing to do as this will obviously affect how you go about fixing the problem.
Here are a few handy ideas about how you can source a leak in a washing machine:
- Examine the machine to see where the leak is coming from
- If you can’t immediately see the problem, try placing paper underneath the machine to see which bit of the paper gets wet
- If that doesn’t work, then search for anything that is wet that shouldn’t be and track up from there
- Remember to always track a leak by moving upwards, as this will take you to the source
- Examine the seal of the door to check for damage or to see if it has come loose
- Look for rust inside and outside the machine, as this can often lead you to the source of the issue
If all of these ideas fail, then you should run the washing machine on a cycle and watch it until the leak starts and while this is often the easiest way to find the problem, it can also be the messiest.
Some leaks won’t manifest if they are small and you run the wash without any clothes inside the machine, so you might want to fill the machine up when you run the test cycle to help to encourage the machine to leak again.
Taking good care of your home appliances is important, as they can be costly to replace. There are a few things that you can do to take good care of your washing machine, such as the following:
- Open the door after emptying the machine to allow the damp to escape
- Remove the lint filter to clean it regularly
- Avoid overloading the machine
- Remove rust as soon as it appears
- Be careful what you put in the machine
By taking better care of your washing machine, you will reduce the risk of having a problem such as springing a leak and just some simple maintenance on a regular basis is enough to ensure your machine will last a lot longer.