How to Fix A Clogged Washing Machine

So you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, walk into the kitchen to get yourself a glass of water only to be wading through 3″ of water that is no doubt seeping into the baseboards and floor. This is a nightmare most of use fear, and a few of us have come to deal with. The question is, what are you supposed to do if this happens to you? Maybe you aren’t spilling all over the place, just water is sitting in the bin and won’t drain that way; we will tell you how to check for both. Hopefully right now you are just browsing out of curiosity, and will be prepared for when the time comes. If it has already happened to you, and you are frantically trying to find a solution, I will say this: take care of getting the water out of your home first! The water and mildew damage this can cause could be irreparable if you do not act soon.

Hopefully everything in your house is alright. Now that we have the most prudent tasks taken care of, we can focus on fixing it and keeping it from happening again. How about we start simple and work up from there, don’t want to spend hours.

If water is exiting the machine, there are only a few possible problems. 90% of the time this has to do with a break in the hose or weak spot in the connectors to the water line. Rats and mice can often be a problem chewing through lines, so keep up on your payments to the friendly neighborhood exterminator! Check these and, if this is the problem, head on over to your favorite home improvement store as these are a snap to replace. Most hoses are just attached by clamps or screw on heads.

If water is sitting in your drum, then there is only one problem: something is keeping the water from draining. The only catch here is there is a couple of possible problems to create this effect. The first and foremost thing to do is check the simple solution of making sure there isn’t any small pieces of clothing (think socks) are stuck in the outlet of the drain. No socks? Let’s keep going.

The next possible cause of blockage would be the drain lines. There are screens in them to make sure that debris doesn’t go into the drain and cause a blockage at a much worse, and harder to fix, location. Unhook your drain lines and check these screens. If you find any, make sure to remove this debris carefully or else you could find that debris ends up clogging a pipe years down the road.

So no debris in the drain lines? There are two last possible solutions before your should think about having a professional come to look at it, or with most older washers more cost cost effective case, replace it. The first is the check the switch that is supposed to be suppressed when the door closes. Push on this switch, if it doesn’t click, it needs replacing. The last possible scenario would be would be either: the spin solenoid not engaging or the drive coupling being worn out. Both these parts can be found at most home improvement stores, as can manuals on replacing them.

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