Why Is My Washing Machine Leaking From The Bottom?

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A pool of water under your washing machine instantly conjures up images of spending a lot of money to fix the problem – but it can be quite straightforward to locate the source of the leak and make repairs yourself. All you need is a list of the most common parts that may need replacing without having to buy a new appliance. Got a washing machine leaking from the bottom? Here’s a guide on how to diagnose and cure the water seepage issue:

Why the Washing Machine Leaking from the Bottom? Mix Repairs Explain

Turn Off the Power

Before you start any repairs you must switch off the power at the socket – and unplug the machine. Then you need to turn off the taps. Make sure the washing machine is on a level surface to allow you to detect the cause of the leak.

What to Check?


Check the drain and fill hoses first – these connect the household water supply to the water inlet valve and are normally found at the back of the washing machine. Leaks can be caused by faulty faucets and loose threaded fittings. The hose that drains water is also located here – check that the installation is properly made into the household drain and that there aren’t any blockages.

Internal hoses connect the inlet valve to the drum – issues with this hose could cause leaks during the fill with water cycle. You can get to the inlet by lifting the main top or removing the cabinet – then you can inspect hoses for cracking and abrasion. Look at the drum injection assembly for signs of leaking – also look for signs of corrosion and perforated hoses.


The pump commonly leaks around the pulley seal – if water is leaking from this spot the pump will have to be replaced. The pump may be belt driven, direct drive, or it may be a separate electric pump system. Look for signs of loose hose clamps or a leaking hose connected to the pump


initially – if you can’t access the drain pump by removing the front or rear panel you may need to work from underneath the machine by tipping it against the wall.

Loosen the two motor mounting bolts to relieve tension on the belt – then disconnect the pump hoses. By unscrewing the pump mounting bolts you’ll be able to tip the pump pulley away from the belt and wiggle the pump loose. If your pump is a direct drive it’ll simply unclip or unscrew.


The tub cover gaskets provide a seal between the outer tub and the tub cover – they can cause leaks during the wash or spin cycles if they’re faulty. To help diagnose this problem look for sighs of soapy water stains around the area – if you need to replace them you’ll have to raise the top or remove the front panel.

There are four tub seals that secure the outer tub – each consists of a bolt with a rubber and metal washer. A new tub seal kit will come with four new bolts and oversized rubber and metal washers to seal small leaks – but if the tub is completely rusted it may not be repairable.

Water Inlet Valve

The task of the water inlet valve is to control the entry of hot and cold water into the washing machine –it’s located at the back where the hoses connect and is accessible via a removed rear panel. You need to confirm that the inlet hoses are connected securely and that the outlet hose is fitted properly. If the body of the valve is cracked or damaged you may need to replace it – or attempt a repair.

If your washing machine leaks from the bottom do not hesitate to call our qualified engineers!

Door Seal

Always check that the door is closed properly – make sure there’s nothing preventing it from shutting such as a dirt build-up in the seal or clothes caught. You also need to check that you’re using the right amount of detergent as this can cause an overflow. Door seals can easily be replaced – remember to get the correct model or part number from the manufacturer’s manual.

Pressure Switch

The water level switch determines the correct level of water in the tub – if this isn’t working properly you may get an overfill situation. The part is normally located behind the control panel – look for signs of cracks or worn areas – and check for obstructions in the hose. A pressure decrease indicates the switch is faulty and needs replacing.

Get a Fully Qualified Engineer

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Why Is My Washing Machine Leaking From The Bottom? was last modified: January 19th, 2024 by Mix Repairs