If you need help on how to manually drain a washing machine, look no further! Sometimes, it’s as simple as needing to re-secure the lid, while other times call for a little elbow grease. This step-by-step will guide you through draining and even unclogging your washing machine.
What do I Need to Drain a Washing Machine?
Draining a washing machine will require a few tools. Before you get started on a DIY washer drain, make sure you have:
- The appliance owner’s manual
- A bucket
- A soft-bristled brush
- An additional shallow container if you have a front-loading machine
- A screwdriver
- Needle-nose pliers
- A plumber’s snake
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How to Drain a Top-Loading Washing Machine
Top-loading washing machines have lids located on the top of the machine that usually drain when the lid is tightly closed, Please check that the top is closed properly. Otherwise, proceed with the following instructions:
1. Lay Down Towels and Turn Off the Power
First, place towels around the washer to absorb leaking water. Secondly, switch off the appropriate circuit breaker or unplug the washer to prevent electical shock.
2. Locate the Drain Hose
As a precaution, shut off the water supply. Next, you may need to pull the washer away from the wall to have adequate space. In the back of the washing machine, there are three color-coded hoses:
- Red hose = hot water
- Blue hose = cold water
- Gray hose = drain hose
Disconnect the drain hose from the pipe, holding it upward to avoid spilling excess water.
3. Drain Excess Water From the Washing Machine
Lower the drain hose into a bucket until full. Reconnect the drain hose and discard of water. Repeat until empty.
How to Drain a Front-Loading Washing Machine
1. Place Towels Around the Washer and Disconnect the Power Source
To err on the side of safety, unplug the washer or switch the circuit breaker off to prevent electric shock. Place towels around the machine.
2. Locate the Drain Hose
Locate the panel at the bottom, front of the washer to access the hose. Front-load washers typically have a drainpipe filter and the drain hose is separate or a single drainpipe filter.
3. Drain the Water
Drain pump filter only: Align the shallow container to fit directly under the filter in order to catch the water. Slowly turn the knob, releasing water. Once container is full, turn the knob off and discard of the water. Repeat until empty.
Drain pump filter and hose: Detach the drain hose and release the water from the end cap by unscrewing. Once all the water is drained, reattach the hose.
- Scrub the Filter
Remove debris and residue from the filter by rinsing it with water and scrubbing with a soft bristled brush.
Why Isn’t My Washing Machine Draining?
Now that you’ve learned how to drain a washing machine, investigate the cause of why it’s not draining or spinning by administering the following tasks:
Inspect for Clogs
Water should have evenly flowed out of the hose after being lowered into the bucket. If it didn’t, there’s likely a blockage that can be removed using the plumber’s snake.
Inspect for Pump Blockage
Utilize the owner’s manual to access the drain pump. Once located, use needle-nose pliers to remove any clogging.
Read the owner’s manual for recommendations on the amount and type of detergent to use to keep your appliance at optimal performance. You can also review our guide of preventative tips for washer maintenance as well.
Still Can’t Get the Washing Machine to Drain?
If you’re unable to drain your washing machine, you may need to contact a professional. Your local appliance repair technicians at Top Shelf Services can drain and fix your washing machine to get you back on schedule. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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