If you want to wash your clothes, then you will probably head to the washing machine. What happens, however, when the washing machine does not want to work? In this article, I will discuss how to fix a leaky washing machine.
Before you begin, you will have to find out exactly where the leak is located. What type of leak do you have? Is it a continuous leak or one that comes only every once in a while? If you have a continuous leak, it is probably the result of a leaky valve within the hoses of your washing machine. If it is not a continuous leak, then maybe it comes between the different cycles of washing. In this case, you will need to run a drain cycle and see if your leak is improving or simply getting worse. You might figure out the cause immediately or it could take a while. Whatever the case, you should try this method to figure out the location. After you run the drain cycle, then you will want to lift the lid on your washing machine to see if what is going on with the drip. After you figure out the source of your leak, then you can fix the leak with some cheap and simple tools. The problem with leaks is that they are often a “come and go” type of thing. They will be leaky at one moment and then stop leaking the next. By viewing the problem area during all phases of the washing process, you can pinpoint the problem and take measures to fix it.
Depending on what kind of washing machine you have, it could be pretty easy to fix. If you washing machine is one of those old, top-loading variety, then you have it easy. In this case, the back of your washing machine will likely be removable and you will be able to see inside of the thing. Be careful if you try this, though. In some cases, this machine could flood and cause you some pretty bad consequences. Take care to take lots of time in order to do a good job without hurting yourself. Be sure not to get into the control system of the washing machine, which could shock you. The back of your washer should be relatively easy to remove with only a screwdriver. Once inside, you may be surprised at what you see. Washing machines, though they may seem so, are not all that complicated. You’ll be able to see where the leak is coming from, which should be one of the interior pipes of the machine.
Though it might not be the case in your washer, some of them have screws that will try to keep you out of the machine’s inside. These will be on the front corners of the washing machine. In this case, you will want to always want to pull the bottom away from the machine that you are working with. Most washing machines will have a bottom that is easily removeable and from there, you will be able to see the problem and fix it.
Remember that it is always easier to look for these leaks when your washing machine is full and into its cycle. In this case, you will be able to check for problems during each of its steps of the cycle. In any other case, you might miss a leak because it only occurs during a given part of the cycle. Remember that the machine is fairly hit or miss as far as leaks go.
Pinpointing the leak is only half of the battle in fixing a leaky washing machine. Washing machines often leak because of incorrect connections among the pipes within the machine. if you notice that the pipes are not fastened correctly, then you will have an easy time fixing them. Simply use tools or a little bit of elbow grease to move the pipes back into place. If one of the water pipes is busted, then you will need to patch that leak with either duct tape or another trusty sealant.