Forgot to empty your pockets before throwing your pants in the washer? We’ve all been there, but if you had coins inside your pockets, you may find that they are now stuck somewhere inside your washer. Coins can get stuck inside the exterior wash tub, drain hose or the pump. If you find that this is the case, you should remove them immediately, as they could cause serious damage to your unit. For help with doing so, follow our step-by-step instructions below.
What You’ll Need To Complete This Repair:
- Wire Hanger
- Screw Driver
- Make sure your unit is completely disconnected from its power source.
- Locate the drain pump, depending on your model you may or may not need to remove the front panel or just your access panel underneath the front load washer door. You should refer to your owner’s manual if you need help finding your drain pump.
- Once you have found your drain pump, remove the wire connecting it to the washer.
- Next, use your pliers to squeeze the hose clamp ends.
- Slide the clamps from the pump and over the hose, and then pull the hoses from your pump.
- Unscrew the screws holding the drain pump to the cabinet of the unit and then remove the pump from the cabinet. If the pump is secured by rubber grommets, you will need to push down on them in order to remove the pump.
- Take a look inside the pump to find any of your missing coins, if you need to, gently shake the pump or go inside using your pliers to grasp onto the coins.
- Then, find where the drain pump is connected to the exterior washtub. Take your pliers and squeeze both ends of the hose clamp, and then slide it down the hose away from the washtub. After you pull the drain hose from the washtub, shake the hose in order to remove any coins that have been trapped.
- For this next step, you may require the help of another person. Pull your washer out from the wall, and then lift up on the front side of the washer cabinet so that any lost coins can slide out of the exterior and interior washtubs and out through the drain hose. If the coins won’t budge, then you may have to continue to tip the washer back and forth until they fall out of the opening.
- If your coins are being stubborn and won’t fall out from the washtubs, then it’s time to straighten out a clothes hanger into a “U” shape approximately 2 inches long. To do this, you will need to put a 90 degree bend about 8 inches from the “U” shape.
- After you bend your wire into shape, start by putting the “U” shaped side into the drain hose from the exterior tub opening. You will use the wire in order to feed the coins through the drain hose and outside of the exterior tub.
After removing all the loose change in your washer, you can now enjoy your clean clothes without any change clanking around! If, however you are still experiencing problems with your washer after searching and removing lost coins, you should call a technician to examine further.