Where is water, there is also a possibility for a leak. And although nobody likes to point the finger, there are some home appliances responsible for leaks. Take your washing machine, freezer, dishwasher, and refrigerator for example. They all have some relation to water. They are either connected to the water supply or refrigerate it to keep food cold.
And before we dive into the deep water of appliance leaks, allow us to make a short reference to the effects of such problems.
• When appliances leak, the water ends up on the floor. Although water damage is not as catastrophic as if the plumbing pipes burst, you will still deal with a serious problem. First of all, you will need to do appliance repairs to fix the problem. And this is not easy. Take your washer for instance. The failure, which has caused the leak, might be associated with a broken or worn rubber tube, overflow tube, drum, seal, or drain hose based on the appliance’s type. So there is no doubt that you will need an appliance service technician to determine and fix the problem. But then again, it’s a matter of your floor damage. Can you imagine having laminate in the flooded kitchen? Chances are you might need to replace or at least repair it.
• Leaking freezers & refrigerators are the worst nightmares. They won’t only damage the floor and require repairs but will also spoil the food which in turn might put your health and thus safety at risk.
So, why do appliances leak? Should we take for granted that if they have anything to do with water, there will come a day when they will leak? Things are not exactly like that.
4 main reasons why home appliances leak water
1. Poor appliance service
Appliance parts wear. And so when a washer hose is torn, water will find its way to your floor. But if the appliance had been maintained, the hose would have never had the chance to become damaged. So one of the most common reasons for leaks is lack of preventive appliance service.
2. Incorrect appliance installation
Some appliances are easily connected. You just connect them to the water and electrical supply and are all set. But even if such tasks are easy for you, it doesn’t mean the job is always done right. Or let us put it in a different way: nothing ensures you that the appliance will run as it should. That’s because it takes a small component or a kinked hose to keep the appliance from running right and this eventually might lead to leaks. So it’s only fair to say that if you are no handyman, leave the job to an appliance technician.
3. Failure to attend appliance repairs
Always remember that one problem will bring another problem and yet another till one day your appliance will leak. So do fix problems. Call in an appliances repair technician to check noises and malfunctions before it’s too late.
4. Wrong components or poor quality components
When you engage in DIY appliance repairs and need to replace parts, be careful what you buy. The wrong or poor quality component might make the difference between a leaking or non-leaking appliance.
How to prevent appliance leakage once and for all
Naturally, the way to prevent appliance leakage is to:
• Fix problems quickly
• Call a washing machine technician for installation
• Buy the best available replacement parts
• Check the fridge & freezer often
• Schedule dishwasher maintenance
You get the meaning – let a pro take care of your appliances and not only when they break down.
What to do when appliances leak
The first thing you should do is turn off the water main to keep the problem from getting worse. If you don’t know where to find it, turn off the water supply connected to your faulty appliance. Since water + power are not pals, disconnect your appliance. Call an appliance repair service tech and then start mopping the floor. And fingers crossed, the problem will be addressed before it brings total chaos.