Why Isn’t My Washine Machine Draining?

One of the most common problems individuals face with their washing machines is having it unable to drain a load. You’ll purchase a high-end washing machine, use it fine for a couple of years, and then it stops draining all of a sudden. Before you go throwing your washing machine out the backdoor, you should first try and fix it by following the steps I’m about to tell you.


What Causes It?

While your washing machine may not be draining for one of a number of different reasons, the problem is usually associated with the water pump. To identify this problem, try turning your washing machine onto the drain cycle. Does it make the buzzing sound like it’s trying to drain? It so, then the problem is most likely a clogged water pump.

Water pumps can become clogged from having socks, t-shirts or other clothing sucked into them. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent this. The one thing you can do is to ensure you aren’t overloading your washing machine, as this will force items into the water pump.

How Can I Fix It?

Depending what model and how old your washing machine is, you may able to fix the problem yourself. First, unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet. Now, before you go opening up your washing machine, you’ll need to get rid of as much water as possible. I wish there was an easy way to accomplish this, but unfortunately there’s not. Take some large cups or a pitcher and start scooping the water out until you’ve got as much as you can.

Once you’ve removed the water, find the screws that keep the front panel securely attached to your washing machine and remove them. With the panel removed, you can now see all of the parts inside of the machine. Look towards the bottom and try to identify the water pump. It should be a cylinder-shaped object with two hoses attached to it. Next, remove the clips holding the hose in place. With the hoses removed, you should be able to look into the pump and down the hoses to see if there’s anything stuck in them. If you see something, pull it out with your hand or by using a bent coat hanger.

Hopefully the steps here will help to make your washing machine drain again. If it doesn’t, the problem could be more severe and may require the expertise of a professional.