Reasons for Washing Machine Leaking and How to Fix?

If you notice a puddle in your laundry room, it's typically an indication of a washing machine leaking water. This leak could be caused by a hose that's not connected correctly or a damaged, blocked hose responsible for water transportation and drainage. 

A small puddle may only require a simple fix, while a larger puddle could signify a more significant repair issue that's the root cause of the washing machine leaking. In the case of a sprinkler system failure or a power surge that triggers the water supply pump, the immediate response should be to locate the broken sprinkler head or the tripped circuit breaker, and then shut down the water supply in the affected areas.

Reasons Your Washing Machine Leaking Water 

The following tips can help you address the washing machine leak. This guide will help you in identifying the source of the leak, which may turn out to be a simple repair that you can handle yourself.


Washing Machine Leaking From the Front


Overflow tube blockage:

Leaks from the rear of a top-loading washer often occur due to a clogged or misaligned overflow tube. Obstructions can arise from improper usage, excessive sudsing caused by overusing detergent, or incompatible laundry product combinations. Over-sudsing is common in households with water softeners, where less detergent is needed for effective cleaning. To check if you're using too much detergent, conduct a simple test: heat some water and add a clean laundry item, like a small hand towel, before washing it. If suds form, you're using too much detergent.

Uneven load distribution or overloading:

Washing machine leaking may occur if the washer is overloaded or if the load is unevenly distributed. Ensuring the washer is properly levelled and reducing load sizes can often resolve this issue.

Tampering with spray rinse timers:

Interfering with the cycle by manually advancing the timer, especially in washers equipped with spray rinse functionality, can lead to leaks. Manual advancement may prolong the spray rinse cycle excessively, causing an overflow situation.

Washing Machine Leaking From Bottom


Damage to the water pump:

If water is leaking beneath the wash drum of a top-loading machine, it likely indicates a hole in the water pump responsible for circulating water throughout the appliance. Unless you have substantial DIY experience and can source the exact replacement part, repairing this issue requires the expertise of a professional.

Blocked drain hose:

A drain hose that is kinked or obstructed can lead to drainage issues, resulting in water leakage from the drum of a top loader.


Washing Machine Leaking From the Back


Unremoved drain plug:

In the case of a new top-load washer that fails to drain, it's possible that you overlooked removing the manufacturer's drain plug before attaching the drain hose. Removing the hose will reveal a plastic plug that needs to be extracted and disposed of. Keep a bucket and towels handy to contain any excess water.

Insecure hose placement:

Another potential cause of the washing machine leaking at the back of the washer is an improperly secured drain hose within the drainpipe. Ensure the hose is fully inserted into the standpipe (drainpipe). If leakage persists, particularly during the washer's spin cycle, it's likely due to a blockage in the drainpipe, preventing water from flowing freely and causing overflow onto the floor.

Loose hose connections:

Loose connections at the fill hoses can also lead to the washing machine leaking at the back of the washer. Turn off the water supply, disconnect the hoses, and inspect the rubber washers for any signs of wear or absence. Omitting the use of rubber washers is a common oversight that can result in leaks. If replacing the washers and hand-tightening the connections doesn't resolve the issue, consider replacing the fill hoses as there may be a pinhole leak that could escalate into a flood.


Appliance Giant stands ready to assist with a range of washing machine issues, from identifying common causes of leaks to providing expert repair services. Whether it's ensuring proper installation, diagnosing and addressing leaks, or offering guidance on maintenance, our knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate through these challenges. With Appliance Giant, you can trust in our expertise to keep your laundry appliances running smoothly and your home protected from potential water damage.