Having a washing machine that won’t drain is one of the most annoying and time-consuming problems you can experience. Not only will it leave your clothes wet and dirty, but it can also be a sign of more serious underlying issues. In this blog, we’ll discuss the most common reasons why your washing machine won’t drain and what you can do to fix the problem. From simple solutions like checking the drain hose, to more complex ones like replacing a part, we’ll cover it all. So read on to learn how to get your washing machine draining like new again!
Inspect the Drain Filter
If your washing machine won’t drain, it’s important to inspect the drain filter. The drain filter is located on the front of the machine and is an essential component in the draining process.
Inspecting the drain filter involves removing any debris or lint that has accumulated in the filter. This is an easy task that anyone can do.
Start by removing the filter from the front of the machine. Take a look inside the filter and remove any lint or debris that has accumulated. Make sure to clean the filter thoroughly as this can restrict the flow of water and cause the machine not to drain. Additionally, check the filter for any signs of damage or wear. If there is any damage to the filter, it should be replaced.
Verify the Water Is Actually Filling the Machine
When a washing machine won’t drain, it can be a frustrating experience. The first step to take is to verify that the machine is actually filling with water.
It is possible that the machine is not filling due to a blockage or a faulty valve. If the machine is filling, then the next step is to make sure that the drain hose is properly attached and secure.
If the hose is loose, it could be causing a blockage in the drain system. It is also important to check for any clogs in the drain hose. If there are any clogs, they must be cleared before the machine will be able to drain properly. If the hose is secure and clog-free, the next step is to check the pump
Check the Pump Motor
The pump motor is the most likely cause of a washing machine not draining. It is responsible for pushing the water out of the machine and into the drain.
If the motor is not working properly, the water won’t be able to flow out of the machine. To check the pump motor, first unplug the washing machine from the power source and remove the front panel.
You should be able to see the pump motor and its associated parts, such as the hose and drain filter. Make sure that none of the components are blocked or damaged, and that everything is firmly connected. If all looks OK, you can try to manually spin the motor. If it spins freely and makes a humming noise, then the motor is likely in working.
Check the Drain Pump
If your washing machine won’t drain, the first thing you should do is check the drain pump to make sure it is functioning properly. The drain pump is responsible for pumping out the water from the washing machine during the spin cycle.
If the drain pump is blocked or broken, the water will not be able to drain out of the washing machine. To check the drain pump, first turn off the power to the washing machine.
Then, remove the drain hose from the back of the machine and check for any blockages or obstructions. If you find any, remove them and then check the impeller blades for damage. If the blades are damaged, you will need to replace the drain pump. You should also check the drain hose.
Examine the Pump Belt
Examining the pump belt is a critical first step when a washing machine won’t drain. The pump belt is the component that connects the motor to the pump.
It needs to be strong and properly tensioned in order to move the impeller, which is responsible for spinning the water out of the washing machine. If the belt is loose, or if it has broken or become brittle over time, then it won’t be able to spin the impeller and the water won’t be able to be drained.
To check the pump belt, first locate the pump near the bottom of the washer. You may need to remove the front access panel and a few screws to gain access to it. Once you’ve located the pump.
Check the Water Inlet Valve
If your washing machine won’t drain, the first thing you should check is the water inlet valve. This valve is responsible for controlling the flow of water into the washing machine, so if it is not working properly, the machine won’t be able to drain properly.
In some cases, the valve may be clogged or blocked, preventing water from flowing into the machine. In other cases, the valve may be faulty and need to be replaced.
Either way, it is important to check the water inlet valve before attempting to repair the machine. To check the valve, you will need to locate it and then inspect it for any signs of damage or debris that may be blocking it.
Inspect the Pressure Switch
The pressure switch is a vital part of the washing machine, and if it is not functioning correctly, it can cause the drain to become blocked. To inspect the pressure switch, you should first check that the hose connections are tight and secure.
If the hose connections are loose, you should use pliers to tighten them. You should also check that the hoses connecting the pressure switch to the washing machine are securely connected.
If there is a break in the hose or the connections are loose, you should replace the hoses. Once all of the connections are secure, you can then inspect the pressure switch itself. If the switch is stuck in the “on” position, then it should be replaced.
Check the Tub Bearings
If your washing machine won’t drain, it’s likely the result of a problem with the tub bearings. The tub bearings are part of the motor assembly, and are responsible for allowing the washer tub to spin freely.
Over time, the bearings can become worn or damaged, leading to a variety of problems. If your washer won’t drain, it’s likely that the tub bearings need to be inspected and replaced.
In most cases, the first step in checking the tub bearings is to remove the motor assembly. This can be done by disconnecting the power to the washer and disconnecting the motor from the rest of the washer.
Examine the Tub Seal
The tub seal is a vital component of any washing machine, as it prevents water from leaking out of the machine. If the tub seal is damaged or worn, it can cause water to leak out and not drain properly.
To check the tub seal, you will need to remove the plastic access panel on the front of the machine. Once you have done this, you will be able to see the rubber seal around the edge of the washing machine tub.
If you notice any signs of damage, such as cracks or gaps, then the seal will need to be replaced. To properly replace the seal you will need to remove the drum from the machine.
Troubleshoot the Lid Switch
The lid switch on a washing machine is an important component of the appliance and is designed to help prevent the machine from operating when the lid is open. If your washing machine won’t drain, the lid switch may be the issue.
This can happen if the lid switch gets stuck in the open position, is loose, or simply isn’t working. Fortunately, troubleshooting the lid switch is a relatively simple process and can often be done without any tools.
The first step is to open the lid, or lid panel, to access the lid switch. If the lid switch is stuck, try pushing it in and out a few times to free it up. If it’s loose, try to tighten the screws that hold it in place.
Investigate the Timer
If your washing machine is not draining, the cause could be due to the timer. The timer is an important component of the washing machine, and it can sometimes cause problems.
It is responsible for controlling the cycle length and water levels, so if it is not working correctly it can prevent the water from draining. To check if the timer is the cause of the problem, first make sure the timer is set to the correct cycle.
If it is set too long, then the water will not be able to drain. Additionally, check for any signs of damage or faults on the timer, such as wires that may have become loose or disconnected. If the timer is not the problem, then it is likely due to a blockage somewhere.
Need to Call a Professional?
If your washing machine will not drain, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming problem. It could be caused by a clogged drain, a broken pump, or a problem with the electrical components.
Before you call a professional, there are a few steps you can take to try to get your washing machine draining again. Check the drain hose first.
Make sure it is not kinked or blocked. Also check the drain filter for any blockages. If these steps do not work, you may need to check the pump. If you are unable to locate the pump, then it is time to call a professional. A professional technician will be able to identify the problem quickly and accurately.