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You may love everything about your front-loading washer, including the 40 to 60 percent reduction in water it uses over a standard top-loading machine. But if you have noticed that your washing machine eats socks, you may be right. It may also consumes coins, bobby pins and other small objects that you or your family members have accidentally left in their pockets.
The problem is that, over time, these missing items make their way into the coin trap by your washer's drain pump or into the pump itself, clogging it. The pump is located in the lower front of your machine, and the good news is that you may be able to drain it yourself. The newest front-loading washer models even have special doors to access the coin filter. Even if you have an older machine and you're not comfortable trying to do the work, the fix will only require a short service call from your appliance repair specialist.
Under What Conditions Can You Unclog the Drain Pump Yourself?
In order for you to tackle this fix yourself, your front-load washer must have a smaller, removable front panel at the bottom. Some models require you to remove the entire front of the machine in order to access the drain pump. This may be more than you want to do yourself. A few other models have just a small access area beneath the washer; for someone who hasn't done this before, you might have trouble feeling your way through the fix. And if you fail to reconnect hoses and clamps properly because you can't see them, you may be worse off than when you started. Call a professional if you can't easily access your washing machine's drain pump in the lower front.
How Do You Know the Problem is the Drain Pump?
There are few symptoms you'll spot if the washer is not draining properly.
What are the Steps for Unclogging the Drain Pump?
You'll need to be comfortable using pliers and a Philips-head screwdriver to remove clamps. Always be sure to unplug the machine before you begin working on it.
You may be able to remove the drain pump if you still can't get the propeller to turn, but this may be a job for a professional. Once you have the propeller spinning and the coin trap cleared, reassemble the rubber boot and tighten the clamps. Re-attach the front panel and slide the washer down and into place.
You'll want to run some water into the tub and let it drain to make sure you have removed the clog. If you have questions, run into problems or don't want to take this job on yourself, contact a company like Affordable Appliance Repair.Share