Has this happened to you before? You check on you laundry only to find the cycle has ended and your clothes are sitting in a tub of soapy water. Do not call a repair man and pay over $100 for this quick fix. Instead follow this step-by-step do-it-yourself guide to find the clog, drain your washing machine, and continue your laundry.
Phillips head screwdriver
Flat head screwdriver
Wide mouth pliers
A ssistant (optional)
Before You Begin
It is essential that you cut all power to the washing machine prior to accessing the interior components of the machine to avoid electric shock of limb damage. Find the circuit panel within the home and make certain that the breaker(s) to the washer are switched off.
Steps to Fixing Your Clogged Washing Machine
Step 1 The Panel. Begin by removing the access panel to the washing machine. In stackable units, this is typically the front panel. The panel is held in place by a couple short screws that are visible along the edge of the panel. Once the screws are out, slide the panel to unhook it from the frame and remove it, setting it to the side.
Step 2 The Water Pump. Locate the water pump. It will have two hoses attached to it as you see in the picture. If possible, remove the power plug from the motor as an additional precaution. You will need to avoid getting this power supply wet during this process.
Step 3 The Drain Hose. Determine which hose acts as the drain hose from the bottom of the tub. The pump sucks the water from the tub and this is how things get stuck in the pump causing this retaining water in the washer. Use a wrench to slide the clamp up the hose to enable you to remove the hose from the pump.
Step 4 Drain the Water . Warning! As soon as you remove this hose, all the water from the tub will come out of this house. Lay a towel down under the hose and be ready to set the hose over your shallow bucket to start catching excess water. Have more buckets ready to catch the remaining water. This is where having an assistant will be helpful.
Step 5 Remove the Clog. Once the water has drained from the tub check the intake side of the pump and remove the object that has blocked the pump from draining the washer. You will typically find small socks and other small items down here. Remove the debris and make sure the pump is now clear to allow water to pass.
Step 6 Replace the Hose. Reattach the hose completely over the intake side of the water pump. Use your pliers to slide the clamp down to the end of the hose over the plastic edge of the intake. Tug firmly on the hose to ensure it is on securely.
Step 7 The Power Supply. Reconnect the power supply to the water pump and make sure all of the connections to the pump are secured. Remove the towel and any tools remaining inside this area. Make sure everything is dry prior to moving forward.
Step 8 Ready to Go. Slide the panel back onto the washing machine and make sure to replace the screws to hold the panel in place. When the unit is secured return to your circuit breaker box and reset the breaker to the washer. To make sure everything is ready to go, set the washer for a short rinse cycle and make sure the washer drains this time.