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Washing Machine Won't Drain

Why Your Washer Won't Drain & How to Fix It

Dealing with a washer that won't drain? In this blog, we provide six possible reasons why your washer isn't draining. We also provide some easy things you can do before calling us for a washer repair.

Why Won't My Washer Drain?

Drain hose issues, uneven loads, and broken lid switches are just a few of the issues that can cause your washer to not drain.

Problems with your washing machine are inevitable because of how frequently it's used. However - - that doesn’t mean you have to call a washer repairman right away or spend a fortune on a new washer.

Below are some common reasons why your washer isn't draining and some ways to can help fix it.

Reason #1: Drain Hose Problem

A white washer drain hose leading into a drain pipe behind a wall

There are a few options to investigate if you suspect the drain hose is the cause of water not draining. Your drain hose carries water away from the machine so it's a pretty important component.

DIY Tip: To troubleshoot your drain hose, first start by unplug the your washer and pulling it away from the wall.

After that, below are some drain hose issues you should look for:

  • A kink in the Hose. This would easily create a stopper in your water flow. Pull the machine away from the wall, disconnect, dry, and readjust the hose to smooth kinks.
  • Not Enough Room Between the Washer and the Wall. This jam leads to a lack of space for water flowing through the drain. Pull the machine further away from the wall, ensuring it's in a steady position, and checking that the hose is still fully connected.
  • A Clog in the Hose. The last possibility here is that the hose has an obstruction within. First, check with a flashlight to see if you can find the blockage to remove it. If not, try disconnecting the tube and taking it outdoors to flush it with a garden hose.

The hose froze. Yikes! As your other pipes can freeze, so can your drain hose.

Reason #2: You’re Not Using a Direct Outlet

Washer and dryer plugged into wall outlets

If you have your washer plugged into an extension cord, it’s using less voltage to power the machine.

Eventually, this can lead to the washer overheating and being ruined, not to mention it is a dangerous electrical hazard.

DIY Tip: Always plug your washer and dryer into a wall outlet.

Reason #3: The Pump Filter is Blocked

A person holding a logged washer pump filter

Use a manufacturer’s diagram to locate your machine’s pump if you’re unsure where it is. If you don’t have a diagram, try searching online for the model you own.

DIY Tip: Detach the pump and take the screen off so you can give the screen a clean. Then check the arms of the pump to see if they move smoothly or if anything is broken. You can also look in the outlet of the pump for obstructions.

Reason #4: Uneven Load Distribution

Top-load washer with even load distribution

If your laundry is agitating unevenly in the machine, it can cause it to shift out of balance and vibrate excessively. This can prevent the washer from fully or properly draining.

DIY Tip: To fix the situation, re-open the washer and manually move them around more evenly.

You can add a few more items if necessary but don’t over-stuff the machine. Check to see if the washer is level and that the feet aren’t uneven before starting it again.

Reason #5: A Lid Switch Problem

This switch is a safety measure that ensures the washer door closes properly. The machine won’t operate with a broken switch. Depending on the model you own - it may still fill with water but then not advance to the next step.

DIY Tip: If you own a top-loading washer, depress the switch with your finger. If this causes your washer to drain, try extending the stem on your lid.

If the washer doesn't drain when you press the switch, a replacement lid switch will be necessary to get your laundry day back in order.

Reason #6: Your Washing Machine is Old

Even if you take the best possible care of your washing machine throughout its lifespan, eventually, you’ll need to replace it. Accounting for 7 loads of laundry a week, a standard washer should last around 14 years.

If your machine has had problems in the past and you find that now the water isn’t draining, it might be time to say, ‘out with the old, and in with the new’.

Can’t Fix Your Washing Machine that Won’t Drain?

This is a good time to go find the manufacturer’s instructions on how to best load your machine, as well as the type of detergent you use (and how much). Using the wrong detergent, or an excess amount can also lead to problems down the line.

Manually Draining Washing Machines

If you need to manually drain the water, you can use gravity to your advantage. Unplug the drain hose and place it into a bucket or near a floor drain, using a clamp to control the flow of water.

Call Mr. Appliance of Memphis for Same-Day, Next-Day Service

Even after going through all your troubleshooting options and trying everything you can, some mysteries must be solved by the experts. Our professional washer repair techs see these problems regularly and can identify the problem source case-by-case.

If your washer won't drain even after some DIY work, don’t hesitate to call Mr. Appliance of Memphis for speedy, expert washing machine repair.

Combined, our techs are backed with over 80 years of washing machine repair experience. There's virtually nothing we can't fix and have fixed improperly draining washer before.

Call us at (901) 466-2026 or book your service easily online.

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