Fixing A Washer That Won’t Drain

Fixing A Washer

A fully operational washer is the best, effective tool for getting dirt, sweat, and stains out of your dirty clothes. If you open the lid after the machine stops running to find your clothes swimming in the water, there could be something wrong. The drum would not drain, that is certain, but how? 

When a washer is not draining, it could be due to a clog in the hose or the pump must be broken. If you figure out what is causing your washer not draining, you might be able to fix it yourself. To get to the bottom of it, follow these troubleshooting tips before you call for professional help:

Diagnosing the Problem

  • Test the lid switch assembly to ensure it works
  • Unplug the washer first to prevent electrocution before checking its parts.
  • Use a bucket or pot to remove the water inside the washer.
  • Check the location of your washer’s access panel, whether it is in the front or back.
  • Remove all the lower screws that you can access.
  • Lift the bottom of the panel to unhook and remove it.
  • Check the drain hose for kinks and damage.
  • Look at the bottom of the washer for a plastic pump attached to the pipe.
  • Check the pump or drain hose for a clog.
  • Check the pump for damage if you notice no clog.
  • Listen for unusual sounds or leaks coming from the pump.

Removing A Clog

  • Use needle-nose pliers to pull out the visible clog.
  • Find the pulley under the drain pump and twist it to help loosen the clog.
  • Use a plumber’s snake to remove a clog.
  • Reconnect the hose to the pump after removing the clog.
  • Plug up the washer and see if it works. (If it is still not draining, it may be there’s a clog that you didn’t get or the pump is damaged. It is best to seek a professional plumber to look at it.)
  • Replace the access panel if the problem is already fixed.

Replacing A Damaged Pump

  • Look for the tiny metal plate on the washer to know the model number.
  • Disconnect the belt.
  • Remove the screws.
  • Use screws to attach the pump inside the washer.
  • Make sure to reattach the drain hose to the new pump.
  • Lastly, attach the pump belt to the new pump and test if it works.

Schedule Washing Machine Repair with Spectrum Appliance Repair!

If the following troubleshooting tips stated above won’t solve the problem with your washer, you could probably have a broken water pump or drive belt. These parts require professional repair or replacement service to get the machine working again. 

Whenever you need the best washer repair in town, it is best left to the professionals at Spectrum Appliance Repair! Whether it is not draining or having other problems, we can help! Our experienced technicians can efficiently and effectively restore your washer to its good working order again in no time.

Also, we offer other appliance repairs, such as oven repair, built-in fridge repair, range repair, cooktop repair, stove repair, dishwasher repair, and dryer repair.

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