Is there still water in the washer even when the washing cycle is over? Your washing machine may not be draining right due to several reasons – could be a clogged outlet pipe, a faulty pump, motor issues, or even a more technical issue. Whatever the reason, it may be upsetting, and you want it drained fast! At this point, you have two options, DIY (Do It Yourself), or to be certain and get ultimate closure, contact professional repair services like Quality Appliance Repair Calgary LTD. This will be a perfect choice if your washing machine has a malfunctioned pump or a broken belt.
If your washing machine brand and model has a troubleshooting option, it may be wise to first run it before performing the drain. You can run a short drain cycle to see if it solves the problem.
We’ll go through some simplified step-by-step quick steps that will guide you on how to drain your washing machine.
Step 1: Turn Off the Power and Unplug
The first step is to power off the washing machine and unplug from the power source to avoid any possible electrical problems or shock. Switch off the circuit breaker if it’s hardwired into it. This will also ensure no aggravation of the problem.
Step 2: Locate the Inlet and Outlet Water Supply Hoses
The water supply pipes (inlet pipes) channel in hot or cold water into the washing machine. Before locating the drain hose, ensure they are turned off.
The drain hose (outlet hose) carries the wastewater out after a washing process; its location differs from model to model. You can consult your user manual for its location for your model. It could be either clogged or twisted, preventing water from flowing. This is often the reason washing machines won’t drain. Dislodge it from the washing machine and straighten it, in case the cause is a twisted drain hose. Since it always has water within it, hold it down to a bucket and note how the water flows out. If the rate is slower than you’d expect, then a clog is the most likely culprit. For some of the drain hoses, one can see through, at least enough to detect a clog. Hold it out and look from end to end if you can see any material blocking the path. If you can’t see through, you can unblock any material by running high-pressure water through it.
Step 3: Empty the Washing Machines’ Coin Box
This is a space where coins, keys, and other objects found within the clothes collect. It might be the cause of a clog. Open it and clear the contents and restart your washing machine to confirm if it’s the cause.
Step 4: Ensure the Lid Switch is Working
Most washers are automated in such a way it doesn’t function if the lid switch isn’t tightly locked. The lid switch senses and gives the go-ahead when the lid is fully closed; only then can it spin or drain. It could break or, for some reason, not be able to close correctly. You can diagnose this problem by monitoring how the lid switch light is affected by opening and closing the lid. You can try applying pressure on the closed lid with your hand and try to power it on your washing machine. If it works, then the door lid needs to be fixed or replaced if broken. If the door lid is fine, the cause could be something else.
Step 5: Inspect the Drain Pump
The drain pump pumps used water out of the washing machine; you’ll mostly find it at the back panel. Consult your user manual for steps on how to disengage it. After disengaging, study it for signs of clogging or malfunction. It can be clogged by all manner of material, including pieces of clothing like handkerchiefs. Most of the drain pumps are translucent; hence you can see any material within it responsible for a clog. Ensure the valves are working fine. If the damage is irreparable, purchase a new replacement drain pump.
Every time you complete a step, run the washing machine to see if the problem is fixed. If you’ve done all the above, but the washing machine still isn’t draining, then consider calling a professional. Perhaps you’re missing something, and an experienced professional can fix it. You can drain it manually. Although it’s not going to be fixed, you’re going to be able to access your clothes as you await a professional. Ensure you’ve placed towels around in case of spillage.