Repairing a Washing Machine that Won’t Drain

If you’re stuck with a washing machine full of water that is giving no sign of further activity, the problem could be in the machine, the drain hose, or the pump. There are a few things you can try before calling a professional for washing machine repairs: read on to find out some of the more common causes and solutions.

Check the Drain Hose

The drain tube may be clogged with lint, debris, or even a small piece of clothing. You can remove the tube from the washing machine and clear it if necessary – just blow air into the tube to check for clogging.

Inspect the Pump

Your washing machine has a water pump designed to carry water in and out of your machine. It could be clogged with fabric or the impeller might be damaged. Alternatively, the belt could be broken or worn. To inspect the pump for blockage or damage, a repair specialist can remove the front panel of the machine to investigate the problem, which may involve removing parts such as the belt and pulley, for access.

Clogged Drains

If there aren’t any visible blockages in the machine, pump, or drain hose, you may have a clogged drain. This is a distinct possibility if some water ends up on the floor in addition to not draining from the machine. Unclogging your drain may allow your washing machine to drain unimpeded.

Emptying the Washing Machine

Removing excess water from the machine might be your first priority, in which case, unplug your washing machine from the power source. You can then remove the water manually from the tub by propping the front of the machine up, for example on paint cans if it’s a front loader. However, if the door won’t open, you can also place a bucket underneath the drain hose on the floor and use gravity to drain the water from the machine, slowly and carefully.

If you’re not comfortable carrying out washing machine repairs on your own or would like professional advice, call our Sydney appliance repair team at Matic Service on (02) 9709 6188.