How to Repair a Washing Machine that Won’t Drain

Opening your washing machine only to find that it hasn’t drained brings on a real sense of dread. Not only are your clothes sopping wet, but also you’ll have to find a way to get rid of all of that water.

If your washing machine remains undrained for days, then you run the risk of discovering foul smelling water—not to mention ruined clothes. Fortunately, resolving issues associated with washing machines that won’t drain are fairly easy to fix, even for people who don’t consider themselves very handy.

The problem usually stems from a clog in your drain pump. All you have to do to fix the problem is access the drain pump and remove the clog.

Here’s our quick and easy guide to fixing your washing machine that won’t drain:

Step 1: Unscrew the Front Panel on Your Washing Machine

Using a screwdriver, unscrew the front panel of your washing machine. Once the front panel has been completely unscrewed, remove the panel. You will be able to see the innards of your appliance at this point

Step 2: Find and Remove the Clog

Oftentimes a sock or other small piece of clothing will find its way into the drain pump and prevent your washing machine from draining. When you remove the front panel, the clog should be apparent. There will be a hose connecting to the drain pump and the drain pump is mostly clear, so you should be able to see the clog, if there is one.

Once you’ve located the clog, pull it out. You may need to use a pair of pliers to get a good grip on the clog.

After you’ve removed the clog, replace the front panel back onto your washing machine and try to run a cycle again. If the washing machine drains, then your job is done. If it doesn’t drain, then there could be a more serious issue at play. You may have to replace your entire drain pump or a hose connecting to it.

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