Washing machine won’t drain

If your washing machine will not drain, there are several things you can check. First, make sure your washing machine has power, and it’s not in the middle of a cycle. Try to manual forward the timer to see if it will force the washing machine to drain.

Check the drain hoses to make sure they are not kinked and there is nothing blocking the water at the end of the drain hose.

If you hear the motor running but nothing is happening in your machine it could be possible that your washing machine’s pump is seized. The motor will continue to try to turn the pump. In the case of belt-driven pumps, the belt may break or burn through. The pump itself may have seized bearings, be jammed by clothing or another object; or the impeller blades may be broken off. The usual fix is to replace the pump.

Drain your washing machine’s tub and remove the hoses to check your washer’s pump. Feel around inside the pump inlets for anything that may be jamming the pump itself. You can also use long-nosed pliers to feel around inside the pump for any items that may be causing a jam.

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