Product Pick of the Week : Washer Pumps


This week’s Product Pick of the Week is Washer Pumps.  The pump in your washer plays


WH23X42 – General Electric Washer Pump Assembly

an important role in the washing process.  Without it your clothes would stay a soapy
watery mess, and nobody wants that.


This week, we’re going to spend a little time going over the different types of washer pumps, how they work, and share a few common signs that it may be time to replace your washer’s pump.

There are different kinds of washer pumps?

Yes.  There are two main types of washer pumps: Direct Drive Pumps and Belt Drive Pumps.  Although they essentially do the same thing for the washer, the primary differences between the two is where they are mounted and how they are powered.

A Direct Drive Pump is mounted directly to the motor, which is where the name comes from.  This type of pump is usually easier to service because most of them are designed so they can be opened for inspection.

A Belt Drive Pump on the other hand, is usually mounted to the chassis of the washer and is powered by a belt and pulley system, rather than the motor directly.  These can be a bit trickier to repair because unlike Direct Drive Pumps, most Belt Drive Pumps aren’t designed to be opened up.

So, how does the pump work?

The main function of the pump in your washer is to drain the water from the drums at the end of the cycle.  However, most pumps are also used to recirculate water during the wash cycle.

What the pump does is typically determined by the direction of the motor. When the motor is running one direction, the pump will drain the washer by pulling the water out through the drain hose.  When the motor is running in the opposite direction during the wash cycle, the pump pulls water from the bottom of the tub and pumps it back to the top.

Whether your pumps are included in one assembly, or separate will vary depending on the model of the washer. If you’re looking for a replacement pump for your washer and aren’t sure what part you need, you can use our model number locator & lookup tools to find the exact part for your washer or give us a call and our parts department can help you find what you need.

How do I know if I need to replace my pump?

More often than not, repairing or replacing a part in your washer is going to be much less costly than replacing the entire unit.  The tricky part with washers is that many parts display similar symptoms when they aren’t functioning properly.

Some of the most common signs of a damaged Washer Pump are:18593579_s

  1. The washer won’t work at all
  2. The washer isn’t draining
  3. The washer is leaking
  4. Your clothes are still very wet after the final spin
  5. The washer is much louder than normal

These are also signs that there could potentially be an issue with the washer’s hoses, the belt, or that there may be a blockage somewhere which can make the damage difficult to diagnose yourself.

To save yourself some time and avoid purchasing or replacing the wrong part, it’s best to have a technician come in and inspect the unit.  They will be able to determine that it is in fact a problem with the pump so you can get the part you need the first time and have your washer working the way it should again sooner.

We hope you found this helpful!  Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or suggestions for future blog posts for us in the comment section.

If you’re looking for a new Pump for your Washing Machine, you can find them for most models on our website here: Washer Parts | Pumps.  We have OEM Direct Drive Pumps, Drive Belt Pumps, Drain Pumps, and more in stock and many t Washer Parts.

   Written by: Sarah Walker


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