Common Reasons Your Washer Won't Drain

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The last thing a homeowner wants to discover is a washer that is not draining water. Water standing inside of your washer can lead to mold, mildew, and a putrid smell. Not to mention the fact that it prevents for your clothes from getting washed. If you find yourself with a washer that will not drain, it is helpful to know what could be causing the problem and how to drain it manually.

1. Drain Pump and Hose

Your drain pump is the main part involved in draining water from the washer. First, check to see if you have any clothing stuck in the drain pump blocking the water from getting out. Do you find yourself wondering where a lot of your socks disappear to? It is extremely common for socks to end up stuck in a washer's drain pump. While most people assume "the washer ate their socks" is a joke, it does attempt to eat it.

Water will be unable to leave the drum of your washer if the hose gets bent, blocked, or punctured. This can cause water to leak out of the washer and onto the floor. Whether the washer's hose works or not is easy to test. Just remove it, place it in a sink, and try to run water through it. Just be prepared for the possibility of water leaking everywhere. You can disconnect and check all of the hoses that connect the pump to the washer to make sure you do not have a leak.  

2. Lid or Door Switch

If the lid or door switch is not working properly, it is not going to allow the washer to spin. You should not try to fix this problem by disconnecting the switch or the switch's pins. The lock switch on the door or lid is a safety mechanism. This is to prevent the washer from running while the door or lid is opened. 

You Can Drain Your Washer Manually

Before diagnosing the washer (and before repairing it), you may need to drain the washer manually. Fortunately, this is very easy to do if you follow the following steps:

  • Unplug the washer
  • Remove the front panel
  • Depending on how bad the water backup is, you may need a bowl to bail out the water and dispose of it. Otherwise, you may be able to lead the hose to a bucket and drain it out

As you can see, a washer that will not drain could be as simple as a clog, a hole, a puncture, or a bend. Either way, it is a problem you can fix (or get fixed) without it costing too much money.

For further assistance, contact a local plumbing service, such as Aalco-The Drain Doctor.

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