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How do I replace a Drain Pump in a Top-Load Washer?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity and water.

    The wall outlet has a power cord. The water supply valves should be turned off. Gloves protect your hands. Someone can help you move the washer.

  2. Disconnect the hoses.

    Mark which fill hose goes to hot or cold. Carefully loosen and remove the fill hoses with channel lock pliers. Expect some water to come out. The drain hose is behind the washer. Expect some water to come out. To prevent slipping, wipe up water spills with a towel.

  3. Carefully lay the washer on its front panel.

    The washer should be moved to an area where you can fix it. If you want to prevent scratching the front of the washer, lay cardboard or towels in front of it. If you want to access the drain pump from the bottom of the washer, you need to tilt the washer forward and put it on the front panel.

  4. Remove the drain pump.

    (not-been-paraphrased) Use pliers to release the spring clamp on the drain hose. Pull the drain hose off the drain pump. Open the cover that protects the wire harness plug on the drain pump. Pull the wire harness plug out of the receptacle on the drain pump. Remove the 3 bolts that secure the drain pump to the bottom of the washer tub. Pull the pump off and set it aside for disposal.

  5. Install the new drain pump.

    Place the drain pump on the bottom of the washer and secure it with the 3 bolts. The wire harness needs to be plugged into the receptacle. Close the wire harness connection and push the drain hose back into the drain pump. To secure it, use the spring clamps.

  6. Set the washer upright.

    Carefully set the washer upright and move it close enough to connect the hoses.

  7. Reinstall the fill hoses.

    Attach the fill hoses to the back of the washer. Use channel lock pliers to tighten the connections.

  8. Restore the water and power.

    The valves for the water supply should be turned on. Plug the washer into the electrical outlet if there is a small leak. The washer must be returned to its original location.

Time required: 45 minutes.

You would need the following tools: channel lock pliers, socket wrench set, standard pliers, towel, work gloves.

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