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Four Reasons Why Your Washing Machine Isn’t Draining

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Washing machines are essential household appliances that are used every single day.

When they falter, it can be of great annoyance and can completely derail your household chores.

Arguably the most common washing machine fault is that water in the drum is unable to drain out, and this can be caused by multiple factors, ranging from blockages to electrical faults.

If you’re currently dealing with draining issues with your washing machine, read about these four common draining problems and see whether they can help you resolve your washer repair issue:

U-bend blockage

An issue that is not only irritating, but can be foul-smelling if left untouched, is a blockage in the U-bend.

This problem can lead to your washing machine not draining. If you’re drain hose is connected to your U-bend, but your washing machine still isn’t releasing water then chances are you have a blockage.

To check this issue, make sure your appliance is turned off at the mains before disconnecting the U-bend from the drain hose before inspecting the feature.

Inside the U-bend you will find a spigot, an element that connects the U-bend to the drain hose, which simply needs unscrewing before inspection.

Clear both the U-bend and the spigot to check if there’s any lint in either of them. This should be enough to resolve your draining issue.

Bent waste pipe

One of the more straightforward washing machine repair issues, a bent waste pipe just needs a bit of elbow grease to get your appliance up and running again.

Once again, you’ll have to turn your appliance off at the mains to inspect this issue. Unbend the washing machine waste pipe gently until it returns to its original shape and remember that too much force could cause unrepairable damage.

Another problem could be that the waste pipe is blocked, stopping water being drained from the machine.

Remove the waste pipe and run warm water through it, and once you’re convinced the water is flowing out without an issue, reconnect it and run the drain cycle function on your washing machine to see if it’s fixed completely.

Blocked pump

Another blockage issue that may require your attention is the pump as this can also become blocked.

In most washing machines there is a drainage pump as well as a recirculation pump. Focusing on the former, once again, turn your machine off at the mains and inspect the element.

On occasion, drainage pumps can get lint, dust, dirt and even clothes stuck within them, so they need to be fully clear for their drainage functionality to work to the full effect.

Broken lid switch

This is a common reason why a washing machine fails to drain. The lid switch is small and plastic and located under the lid or washing machine door. To check if it’s working properly, you should open the machine door and press the switch. If you don’t hear a click, you may need to replace the switch.

If the problem is more serious, such as a fault with the pressure system, this is trickier to fix, and may require professional washing machine repairs.

Washing machines are handy appliances, but due to their constant use, they can develop faults over time. Therefore, it’s important to monitor their features regularly and have a professional repair service look at any major repairs.