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Washing machine leaking?
If your washing machine is leaking, you may be able to continue your laundry routine for a time. But, left unaddressed, it's likely that the leak will only get worse — and potentially cause water damage that can be very expensive to remedy. That's why it's smart to act fast, pinpoint the issue, and arrange a repair you can count on.
Fortunately, your GE washing machine is in good hands with your local factory-trained specialist at GE Appliances Factory Service. We understand what makes GE appliances tick and how to resolve virtually any issue. We also travel with a full inventory of Genuine GE Appliances Parts, which means you can usually expect us to repair that leaky washing machine in just one visit.*
So let's take a look at the possible causes of your appliance's leak — all of which can be handled by our skilled technicians once you schedule your service online.
Pinpointing the problem
Washing machines are arguably the most powerful and dynamic household appliance, throwing around heavy loads of laundry day after day. All that weight and water means wear and tear can eventually take its toll, creating leaks where everything was watertight previously. But how do you know which part is the guilty culprit?
- Hoses: If your washing machine leaks during the filling or draining stage, there's a good chance a hose is to blame — either the hose that connects the tub to the pump or the hose that runs to the external drain. These connections are potential weak points on all washing machines because they lose elasticity, develop splits, and gradually come away from their clamps. See if puddles form around the hoses, or if a rust deposit suggests a slow leak over time.
- Pump: The pump takes water to the drain at the end of each cycle, but pump seals can eventually become brittle with age. Fortunately, this is not usually a complicated fix: most pump seals can be replaced fairly easily.
- Tub seals: If your washing machine tends to leak during a wash cycle (rather than at the beginning or end), one or more tub seals could be to blame. Whether it's at the point where the agitator meets the tub base, or the large seal around the inside lid, when seals fail there's usually only one result: an annoying leak every time you put a load of laundry in.
- Water inlet valve: This valve is positioned where the water supply enters the back of your washing machine. If your leak occurs only when the washing machine is filling up, there's a very good chance this inlet valve has failed — or is about to fail. See if water leaks out at the start of a wash cycle. If it does, call in your local GE Appliances Factory Service professional, who will check if the inlet hoses are secure or the valve itself has cracks or other damage.
- Oversudsing: Your leak may not have a mechanical cause. If water escapes from the tub lid during a wash cycle, you may be using too much detergent. Try rinsing the tub with an 8:1 water-vinegar mix before choosing a new detergent — or simply use less detergent in each load.
Plug that leak today
Many washing machine leaks have simple causes, but that doesn't always mean the fix is equally straightforward. You can get your laundry routine back on track with GE Appliances Factory Service. Our local professionals know GE washing machines inside and out — and they have the tools and parts to almost always get the job done the same day.*
*GE Appliances technicians carry an extensive parts inventory on their service trucks. In the event a part is not available on the service truck, an additional service call may be required.