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Why won't my washing machine drain?

Typical reasons why your washing machine isn’t draining

A load of laundry should come out clean, but never dripping and soaking wet. If you notice this problem, or even water collecting in your washing machine, you may have a drainage issue. Get an assessment from the professionals—we’ll help you diagnose drainage issues for your home washing machine, and we can help you resolve the problem with maintenance, repair, or replacements solutions.

1. Drain

Water not draining from your washing machine? Check the washer drain for any clogs that could be an obstruction. Try using a plumber’s snake to grab and remove troublesome debris. Also, a good rule of thumb is to regularly check clothing pockets, so no unwanted items collect and potentially block up your washing machine’s drain.

Water not draining from your washing machine? Check the washer drain for any clogs that could be an obstruction. Try using a plumber’s snake to grab and remove troublesome debris. Also, a good rule of thumb is to regularly check clothing pockets, so no unwanted items collect and potentially block up your washing machine’s drain.

2. Drain hose

Water flows out and away from your washing machine through a drain hose attached to the appliance. Sometimes these hoses can tangle and obstruct the flow of drainage away from the machine. You can review your drain hose by hand, just remember to disconnect the washer from power and have a large bucket on hand to quickly catch any water.

Water flows out and away from your washing machine through a drain hose attached to the appliance. Sometimes these hoses can tangle and obstruct the flow of drainage away from the machine. You can review your drain hose by hand, just remember to disconnect the washer from power and have a large bucket on hand to quickly catch any water.

3. Lid switch

Top loading washing machines are prone to lid switch errors that can interfere with your washing machine’s ability to drain. You can test if your lid switch is malfunctioning by opening the washer lid, pressing down on the switch with your finger, and then listening for a click. If you don’t hear anything, then the lid switch needs to be replaced.

Top loading washing machines are prone to lid switch errors that can interfere with your washing machine’s ability to drain. You can test if your lid switch is malfunctioning by opening the washer lid, pressing down on the switch with your finger, and then listening for a click. If you don’t hear anything, then the lid switch needs to be replaced.

4. Pump

Washing machine pumps can clog and make it difficult for your appliance to dream. You can clear blockages by detaching the pump from the back of the washer, pulling out and rinsing its screen, and then replacing the parts. Pumps that are damaged or cracked should be replaced with a new, quality part.

Washing machine pumps can clog and make it difficult for your appliance to dream. You can clear blockages by detaching the pump from the back of the washer, pulling out and rinsing its screen, and then replacing the parts. Pumps that are damaged or cracked should be replaced with a new, quality part.

Get your washer back to its best

Still having trouble with drainage even after trying at-home solutions? Our expert technicians at Bodewell are prepared to diagnose any washer problem and are ready to repair with the genuine OEM parts for your machine. Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today.

Still having trouble with drainage even after trying at-home solutions? Our expert technicians at Bodewell are prepared to diagnose any washer problem and are ready to repair with the genuine OEM parts for your machine. Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today.

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