It is easy to panic when you notice that your washing machine has developed a leak. The panic mostly comes from the mess because a leak inside a washing machine means it gets down into the insides of the machine, underneath it and behind it. It is always a big mess and bother to pull the machine out, open it up and clean that water up. But if you don’t do it, worse things happen. That makes you want to scramble to the phone to call the washing machine repair people to get someone out to fix this leak.

Before you pick up that phone, there are things you can do that may solve your problem without running up a big repairman bill. The huge majority of the problems with a leak in your washing machine come from the hoses that bring water in or out of the washer. That means that the biggest problem of fixing a leaky hose is not the repair but finding the leak in the first place. Add to that the fact that many leaks only happen from time to time and the problem gets harder to fix.

When you are forced to pull the washing machine out from the wall and open the back to clean it up, this is a perfect chance to inspect the hoses to see if the source of the problem jumps out at you. If you spot a frayed connection either to the wall faucets or to the machine, that can tell you a lot about what the real problem is. Also, pay attention to the clean up before you get started. If the wall next to the drain opening is wet, you may not have a washer leak at all. You might have a backed up sewage system and the water is overflowing into your washer area. A plumber can fix that.

One great way to spot a leak as it happens is to run a load through as you have the back off and you can watch how the water flows through the process. Now this requires caution and a commitment that you are not going to reach into the machine as it operates but simply observe to see the leak in action. Dress appropriately because you could get wet. And make sure you have a good flashlight ready to look at where the hoses connect to the machine to see if you can see where the leak occurs.

Now run a cycle through on cold water only. If a leak occurs and it comes out onto you, you don’t want it to be scalding hot water. You might also run the cycle through without clothing in the washer just in case you need to stop it and call a repairman or do something to the machine before it goes forward. But by watching the hoses both where they connect to the machine and the water intake and drain hose connections, you can see if the leak is happening in one of the hoses or at one of the hose connections. If you do spot it that way, it is a quick process to effect the repair and have your washing machine running perfectly again in no time.

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