Why is there standing water in my washing machine?

Washing Machine Repair in Kansas City, KS


Does the water sit in the machine after your load has finished? The issue probably lies with the washer, either with the drain tube (which comes out of the machine) or the pump (an internal issue). It is simple enough to determine which it is: Detach the drain tube and blow inside. If nothing blocks the air from going through, then the problem is probably the pump.A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc.

What can you do if the pump is broken? You may need to call an appliance repair shop for help.


When you notice leaks after your washing machine drains, you are probably looking at a clogged drain. This clog could be anywhere in the trap area or beyond in the waterline. (If you follow the washing machine hose to the drain standpipe, past that pipe is the trap.)

Here is how you can find out where the drain clog is:

  1. Dump water into the washing machine
  2. Set the dial to spin or drain
  3. Watch the standpipe (from within reach of the dial)
  4. A time when the water starts backing up
  5. Turn off the washer once the leaking starts

If you noticed the water back up after only a few seconds, the clog is probably closer to the trap area. You might only need to insert a small drain snake at the standpipe to take care of the clog. If it took a while for the backup to develop, you may need a longer drain snake inserted at a cleanout to fix the clog.


In the United States, almost every home has a washing machine, and the few people that don’t have them, certainly wish they did. Spending hours each week at the laundromat can be a large waste of time, so most people go out of their way to ensure that they have a washer and dryer.

Washers are fantastic household appliances and just like the garbage disposal, hot water heater, dishwasher, and refrigerator, washers don’t last forever. Eventually, washers need to be replaced, but when? What is the lifespan of a washing machine?


On average, top and front-loading washing machines last about 14 years. The 14-year estimate is based on one load of laundry per day, or seven loads each week. Basically, washers are expected to handle about 5,100 cycles before they need to be replaced, so mathematically the average washer should handle a load per day for 14 years.

When you wash less than seven loads per week, then you’re automatically extending the lifespan of your washer, and if you wash more than seven loads per week, you’re shortening its lifespan. It all comes down to the size of your household and how much laundry you do.

However, if the washing machine is on the lower end, for example, it costs around $399, it may only be able to handle 4,000 loads. On the other hand, the higher-end models that cost around $1100.00 may be able to handle as many as 8,000 loads or more before they need to be replaced. In essence, you get what you pay for.

If you’re on the market for a new washing machine in Kansas City, KS, recommend checking the cycle rating before plopping down $400 to $1100.00. If you find a bargain where a washer is only a couple hundred dollars more but is rated to handle double the cycles, you should take advantage of it.


One of the main reasons why washers break down is because too much stress is placed on them. When people overload washers, they place too much stress on the parts, such as the motor. The harder the washing machine parts must work to wash a single load, the shorter the machine’s lifespan.

You can spend $1,000 on an 8,000-cycle washer, but it can break down after just 1,000 loads of people (especially children) in your household are constantly overloading the washer. To extend the life of your washer, only wash smaller loads and if you need to wash larger items, such as comforters and sleeping bags, take them down to the local laundromat.

If your washer is leaking, it may be reparable. The leak may be a sign that apart, such as a hose needs to be replaced. Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. if your washer is leaking!

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