How to Identify Water Leaks on a Washing Machine

How to Identify Water Leaks on a Washing Machine


Hi I’m Mat from eSpares, in this video
I’ll be showing you how to check and identify water leaks from your washing machine. Safety first always unplug an appliance
before carrying out any work. The first place to check is the dispenser. Now inside the roof of the dispenser housing
we have some water jets that can get bunged up by mold and cause
water to leak from the dispenser and can cause the waters come right the way around the door
seeming like you have a leak from the door itself. So if you’re in any doubt or your jets are dirty
give them a good clean with a brush, put your dispenser drawer back in and when running
trap a piece of tissue under the dispenser drawer. If the tissue gets wet it means that the leak is
coming from the dispenser and not the door itself. If you’ve checked the dispenser drawer
and the leak is still coming from the door area of your washing machine
it’s likely to be the door seal inside. Now the lip of the door seal can become damaged
due to bringing heavy washing in and out of the machine,
or getting torn by zips. So do check the outer lip of the door seal
very carefully for any rips or tears. If your door so is damaged you’re going to
need to replace it and you can see how to do that
in another one of our eSpares videos. If you have a leak underneath the machine at the front
it may well be that the door seal itself has become damaged. So in order to inspect the door seal properly pull back
the door bellows and inspect for any tears or holes. Again if you find any damage the door seal itself
you’re going to need to replace it. Next area that we’re going to look at is the filter, So I’m just going to remove the filter cover
and here we have the filter inside. I’m going to remove the filter,
please be aware that in your machine there may well be water inside the
filter housing so it’s a good idea to put a towel down or a shallow tray just to catch
that water, should be no more than a cups worth. if you’ve recently taken the filter out to clean and you’ve noticed that there is a leak coming from the filter area it may well be that the seal down here on the
filter has become contaminated with grit or fine particles. So it’s a good idea to give the seal a good clean
making sure there’s no contamination on it. And also where the seal meets the machine
it’s a good idea to have a good clean in there as well meaning that the seal on the filter will work properly. It’s a good idea if you’re having trouble identifying
exactly where the leak is coming from on your washing machine to grab
a piece of cardboard or paper, slip it under the washing machine,
run a cycle and monitor throughout the cycle exactly where the water builds up
on the cardboard or paper. Please be aware though that as I said with a dispenser
water leaking down from there may well run around run around the front of the door and drip down there. So always follow exactly where the water is coming from
to identify the leak. If you’ve noticed a leak at the back of your machine
it may well be coming from the hoses. It’s a good idea to wrap a piece of tissue around
the hose and put on a cycle and see if it gets wet. Obviously if it is getting wet during the cycle
it’s a good idea to check the seal within the hose to make sure that’s in good condition. When replacing the hose make sure that
you do it up nice and tightly by hand. Next thing I’m going to check is inside the machine
so to access that I need to remove this panel by undoing these screws. With the back of the machine removed there’s a few
areas to check for where your leak is coming from. if you notice that the machine is leaking
when it is filling then this could be a problem with the dispenser However if you notice that the machine is still leaking
when it is full of water during a cycle this could be due to the hoses inside the machine. So use a torch to inspect those for any damage. It’s also a good idea to fill the tub with a kettles
worth of water to make sure that there isn’t any leaks coming from the tub. Because the tub can be damaged by
metal or a coin becoming trapped within it. If you do find damage within the tub
you’re going to need to replace it. It’s worth reiterating that with the back off
and inspecting the machine it must be disconnected from the mains. So there you have it, how to check for and identify
leaks in your washing machine. For spares and accessories for washing machines
and all other appliances around your home please visit the espares website. Thanks for watching.