DIY: Fix Washing Machine That Won’t Drain


Perhaps you’ve just ran a load of laundry, and much to your surprise as you lift open the door to find that your washing machine is full of water. Today we will list some common problem area’s for the washing machine as well as solutions for you to take in order to fix your machine quickly.

**Remember: When working on any appliance that has an electrical current, you need to unplug the machine or turn off the fuse at the circuit breaker to ensure your own safety. Not doing so could be hazardous.***

First, remember to check your manual for troubleshooting methods, every appliance is made differently due to different specs from the manufacturer, your machine may have parts that other machines don’t. You will get an idea on what sort of things you need to be looking for as you inspect the unit.

Also, the compartment to get into your unit may not be in the front, try to locate where you can access the inside of your unit, and if you have to pull it out, make sure you have enough space around you to pull out the unit in order to inspect it. As a part of all repairs, you should take a picture with your phone or label parts with numbers before taking things apart in order to remember how to reassemble your unit when you’re done.

Common Problems: Drain Pump & Hoses, Drive Belt, Lid Switch Assembly

1.) Drain Pump

This is the part of the machine that is generally responsible for pumping out the water from your system, if it’s damaged or broken your washer will obviously not drain out the water. You can find a variety of drain pump parts here

Solution: In order to check this part, you’ll have to access the inside of your unit and locate the pump. There are only a few parts inside of a washer, and a quick google search or following the link search above will reveal what the pump looks like. Before you replace this unit, you should take apart the hoses from the pump and check the pump for any small pieces of clothing like socks or washrags that could’ve got into your system. Also, make sure that there are no kinks or obstructions in any of the hoses, if there are it could be a reason why your system isn’t draining properly. If you check your pump and it is clear of obstructions, it may be time to replace the unit.

2.) Drive Belt

This part is a long band that connects the drive motor to the transmission of your unit. The pulley may become loose, or break. When inspecting the unit make sure this belt is not loose, frayed, or broken. In any of the three cases, it will make it hard for the tub to spin and do its proper job to move the parts that help drain the system. You can find a huge drive belt selection here

Solution: If your drive belt is frayed or broken, be sure to check the rim of the inside of your unit. Any pieces of clothing that get stuck in the top around the basket can cause the pulley to work harder than it has to and it might slip or damage your unit. Once removed, you can replace your drive belt as simply as removing clamps and sliding the belt off the transmission and motor pulleys. (You may have rubber coupling and clamps to remove, consult your owner manual to see the proper steps from your unit if you’re having trouble)

3.) Lid Switch Assembly

The lid switch is located inside your washer somewhere by the door frame. The assembly’s job is to prevent the washer from running if the lid is open. So when the assembly fails, the water will not drain from the system.

Solution: Check the assembly for continuity with a multi-meter, and if it doesn’t have continuity at any points, replace the unit. You can find lid switch assemblies here.

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