Samsung washers are known for their top performance and efficiency; however, as with any other household appliance, they can face errors and faults from time to time. One of the most frustrating problems that any user can face is the washer leaking, leading to a massive mess on the floor and the danger of slipping if you are not paying attention.
However, determining the source of leakage can quickly help fix the problem. So don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! This guide will examine all the possible reasons your Samsung washer leaks water and provide the solution to each cause.
Why Is Your Samsung Washer Leaking Water?
Your Samsung washer may leak water for several reasons, such as a faulty water inlet valve, drain pump issues, clogged drain filters, defective door seal, or clogged soap dispenser hose. When attempting to troubleshoot the problem, you must first find the source of the leakage, which will then help you determine where the problem is.
For example, if the load washing machine leaks from the door, the problem might be with the door seal. To help you better determine the source of the leakage, we’ve provided a detailed breakdown of each part from which water may leak.
1. Defective Door Gasket (Door Seal)
The door gasket is found on the washer’s door; it helps prevent the water from leaking through the door when closed. The seal or gasket is usually made from silicon rubber, which serves as a tight seal between the washer’s body and door.
The door gasket can become defective when something is lodged between it and the body of the washer. If something blocks the rubber from forming a tight seal, the water will start leaking from the door.
One such blockage could be caused by detergent buildup forming on the gasket, preventing it from forming a tight seal. Clothes can also get in the gasket’s way; you might find a sock between the door and the washer body, which can cause the leak.
2. Faulty Drain Pump
You may have a faulty drain pump if the leak is underneath your washing machine. The drain pump is the component responsible for removing any unnecessary inside your washer.
The pump starts its job after the spin cycle or during the drain cycle; at this time, the washing machine starts drying your clothes by removing any water and draining it through the drain hose.
This pump may become faulty over time due to normal wear and tear, causing it to leak the water it’s supposed to drain out of the washer. A sign that your drain pump is malfunctioning is when you find a large water puddle on your floor.
3. Clogged Drain Filter (Debris Filter)
If it’s the bottom section of the washer that’s leaking but not underneath it, then probably it’s coming from the drain filer. Every Samsung washer has a drain or debris filter that filters any foreign object inside the washer; this filter is located on the bottom of the washing machine and covered behind a small panel.
The filter can get clogged over time due to the amount of filtered debris, leading to improper water flow. As a result, the drain filter starts leaking; in addition, if this filter is not installed correctly, it can also cause the drain filter to leak.
4. Malfunctioning Soap Dispenser (Detergent Drawer)
If it’s the top section of your washing machine that’s leaking, then it’s probably coming from the soap dispenser; this is the drawer used for the detergent and fabric softener. This dispenser connects to the washer drum through the hose drawer; the water enters the soap dispenser flowing in a mix of detergent and fabric softener to reach your clothes.
The soap dispenser can malfunction due to high water pressure; as the water enters the dispenser, ensure that the pressure of the water isn’t above what the dispenser can handle, as this will lead to a leak.
Another problem causing the dispenser to malfunction is the overuse of detergent; when you overuse detergent, it can clog the soap dispenser, leading to water leakage.
5. Clogged Back Vent
The habit of using excessive detergent can cause a lot of problems, one of which is clogging the back vent. Therefore, if the water leaks from the back of your washing machine, it’s probably because of a clogged back vent.
The back vent is a safety air vent that regulates the pressure and the airflow inside the washing machine. Overuse of detergent can cause the back vent to get clogged because the excessive use results in too many soap suds, which find their way to the back vent, causing it to get clogged.
How To Fix A Samsung Washer Leaking Water?
Now that we’ve discussed all the possible reasons your Samsung washer is leaking, we can examine each cause’s solution to help you solve this issue and get back to a fully functioning washing machine.
1. Inspect the Door Gasket
A leak coming from the door is a pretty straightforward issue to resolve; simply inspect the door gasket. If something is lodged between the door and the washer body, clear it to allow the gasket to form a tight seal, keeping the water inside the washing machine.
However, if nothing is blocking the gasket, check that no buildup prevents it from closing fully. You will need to clean the gasket by wiping it with a piece of cloth, but if the gasket has any signs of damage, like tears or cracks, then you will need to replace it.
2. Replace the Faulty Drain Pump
Unfortunately, if the drain pump is malfunctioning due to tears or wear, you must replace it as it’s not repairable. If you are uncomfortable replacing the drain pump, contact a qualified technician to do it for you.
However, if you are confident in your skills to replace it yourself, simply follow the steps listed below:
- Turn the washer off and unplug it from the power source.
- Unthread the screws of the access panel.
- Disconnect the water hoses and electrical connections from the old drain pump.
- Wipe any leftover water spilled.
- Install the new drain pump.
- Connect the electrical connections and the water hoses to the new drain pump.
- Reinstall the access panel.
- Connect the washer and power it on to test the new drain pump.
3. Clean the Clogged Drain Filter (Debris Filter)
A clogged drain filter can easily be unclogged by thoroughly cleaning it to ensure proper water flow. Remove the panel covering the drain filter, then empty the filter of any debris or foreign objects.
Apply the same step to the filter housing to ensure nothing clogs it. Then install the filter properly to ensure it doesn’t leak; when installing the filter, don’t screw it too tightly or too loose.
4. Decrease Water Pressure in Soap Dispenser
If the water pressure entering is above the limit of your soap dispenser, you will need to decrease the water supply pressure by turning down the tap supplying your washer. You can do this when your washing is filling up; start reducing the pressure until it’s suitable for your dispenser.
Next, check if there is any blockage. Power off the washing machine and check the drawer for any foreign that may be blocking it, but if a fabric softener or detergent buildup causes the clog, then the easiest solution would be to dilute it.
To do this, slowly pour hot water into the drawer until the buildup is completely diluted. Avoid using excessive detergent in the future to avoid this issue happening again.
5. Clean the Clogged Back Vent
A back vent that is clogged due to overuse of detergent will need to be diluted to eliminate any excess buildup. However, if your Samsung washing machine has a self-cleaning cycle feature, it can make fixing the problem much easier.
The self-cleaning cycle sets the washing machine to its highest temperature and increases agitation to clean any loose or detergent residue or soap suds; set your washing machine to a self-cleaning cycle until the back vent is clear.
However, if your washing machine lacks the self-cleaning feature, then you will need to do this step manually by running a cycle without clothes while setting the appliance to its highest temperature possible.