Leaking washing machine: get the back off, or get a man in?

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  • craigxxl
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    Check the drum seal they are the usual culprit to leak.

    hooli
    Member

    I’d have a look, should be reasonably obvious where the water is coming from and you can decide if it is something you can fix or if you need to call somebody.

    Could be something simple like a split hose or loose hose clip.

    allthegear
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    He’d have to be a quite small man, surely?

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I always have a go myself first as sometimes it can be a pretty simple fix.

    And if I can’t manage it then at least I’ve saved the bloke the bother of hauling it out and disconnecting it. 🙂

    jkomo
    Member

    Our Meile washing machine is leaking, cleaned out pump, but still no good.
    Anyone had a go at this or is it engineer only.
    Our dishwasher died a few months ago, and the tumble dryer is playing up so not happy.

    globalti
    Member

    While you’ve got the back off, look for a small plastic chamber with a wire attached, which is stuck on a tube protruding from the back of the drum. Pull it off and clean out the accumulated gunk in the tube. Suck on the cleared tube and listen for the little click as the relay opens and closes; this is the water level sensor and when it gets clogged all kinds of things can go wrong.

    cheekyboy
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    While you’ve got the back off, look for a small plastic chamber with a wire attached, which is stuck on a tube protruding from the back of the drum. Pull it off and clean out the accumulated gunk in the tube. Suck on the cleared tube and listen for the little click as the relay opens and closes; this is the water level sensor and when it gets clogged all kinds of things can go wrong.

    Please ensure that the appliance has been disconnected from the mains supply

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Suck on the cleared tube

    But try not to swallow.

    jkomo
    Member

    Thanks all.
    I’m going in tonight.
    I have a history of mains electrocution, so I will make sure I unplug the appliance I’ve got my wet hands inside, as opposed to the one next to it.
    Didn’t do me any harm.
    Did it again straight after.
    I’ll unplug everything this time.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Hmmm… given your history there, please also avoid touching anything that looks something like this:

    Because it may still be live even though you have unplugged it.

    (Most of the electrics on washing machines are up at the top to avoid them getting damp from leaks, so you should be fine)

    uwe-r
    Member

    I replaced the door seal on the washing machine recently – awful fiddly job. I had the advantage of knowning that was where the leak was from, the telling clue was the dog had eaten a big chunk of it!!!

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    if you are trying to work under it, don’t prop it up at a jaunty angle on blocks of wood then lay underneath it. If you do and it falls down, it will hurt a lot. And if there is no-one in the house you will get vey scared that you will never escape from it until your wife comes home 15 minutes later. Or so I am told….

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    Please also turn off the water supply.

    In your case at the main stopcock and at the supply to the machine.

    jkomo
    Member

    What could possibly go wrong?
    Will have a poke around this weekend.

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