Water leaks from the washing machine filter

Water leaks from the washing machine filter

If the washing machine filter is leaking, it is almost impossible to use your “home assistant” any longer. The problem requires immediate elimination. In this article we will tell you what to do in such a situation.

For what reasons do leaks occur?

When the garbage filter leaks, water pours out from under the washing machine. However, before solving the problem, you need to make sure that the drain filter is leaking. Any part can leak: a pipe, a tank, a drain pump. Wipe the suspected leak with a dry towel or napkin and see if the filter gets wet over time. If yes, let us move on.

What is the SM cleaning element? It resembles a cork and is inserted into the snail of the washing machine. The snail, in turn, is connected to a channel for discharging water used during washing and a channel for pumping out water. Thus, if the filter is not sealed, water after washing will come out of the tank and spill from below. There are usually two reasons why the filter leaks.

  • Incorrectly screwed in plug. If the filter is not put in place correctly, there is a high chance that there will be a gap through which water will leak. The same thing can happen if the plug is screwed in loosely.
  • The rubber seals are worn out. They are located at the edges of the snail and on the filter itself. They just prevent water from seeping through the cracks. Over time, rubber tends to dry out and wear out, which leads to seal failure and leaks.

Now, knowing the reasons, you can deal with the consequences. Keep in mind that a leak may occur because of something completely unpredictable, in which case you will have to contact a specialist. We will consider the algorithm of actions in a standard situation.

Urgent actions

When repairing household appliances, first you need to create a safe environment in which you can work without fear of electric shock, etc. To do this, do the following:

  • With dry hands, unplug the machine from the power supply. At the same time, under no circumstances step into a puddle under the machine. If you cannot pull out the plug, it is better to turn off the electricity in the panel.
  • Now that the electric shock is not dangerous, turn off the water supply to the washing machine.
  • Pump out the water and wipe up the puddle near the unit.
  • If there is laundry in the drum, remove it.

The snail with the filter is located at the bottom of your washer in its front part. As a rule, the part is hidden by a decorative plinth, which can be easily removed without additional tools. On the right side you will see a round hole with a plug. This is the filter.


Do-it-yourself troubleshooting

If the problem is an incorrectly screwed filter, fixing it will be as easy as shelling pears. For more comfortable work, place a towel under the bottom of the machine and place a container to collect water that may flow from the filter. Further:

  • Remove the decorative panel,
  • Unscrew the filter carefully, without sudden movements,
  • Insert it back correctly.

The above problem occurs very often. Why? People unscrew the part to clean it or drain water. And after cleaning the filter or other operations, they insert it incorrectly. However, as you can see, fixing the problem is quite simple without the involvement of specialists.

If the problem lies in the rubber bands, they need to be replaced. For this:

  • In special spare parts stores, ask a consultant for the necessary parts.
  • According to the algorithm of actions already given, remove the filter.
  • Replace old worn-out rubber bands with new ones.
  • After replacing the filter, you must also carefully put it back in place.

That is all! You have independently eliminated the cause of the leak in your washing machine's garbage filter. As you can see, the main thing here is to follow the instructions and observe safety precautions!