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My Washing Machine Won’t Drain

Stuck with standing water in your washing machine drum? If your water isn’t where it’s supposed to be, check to see if your washing machine won’t drain.

Why Your Washing Machine Won’t Drain

If your clothes are still very wet after your machine’s spin cycle, or if you're stuck with water in your washing machine drum, your unit may be having a hard time draining all of that water properly. In other words, your drain pump can't move water out of the drum and into the drain lines.

Once you know you’re dealing with a washing machine that won’t drain, you’ll want to resolve the issue quickly so you can get back to washing your clothes with ease.

Potential Issues

  • washer drum not spinning properly
  • washing machine not draining properly

Your washing machine has a drain pump to that moves water from the drum out through the drain lines. If anything gets clogged inside the drain system, whether that's in the lines themselves or the drain's filter, it can stop the whole system from draining properly. Until the blockage is cleared, your washing machine won't be able to function as efficiently.

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  • washer drum not spinning properly
  • washing machine not draining properly

The belt on a washing machine is wrapped around the drum and motor. When the motor starts turning, the belt moves along with it and rotates the drum on the washer. If the belt is worn or broken, it won't be able to spin the drum properly. This can impact its ability to wash clothes and remove water from the drum.

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  • washing machine not draining properly

The washer lid lock is a safety device that locks the lid in place, preventing the door from being able to be opened during the wash cycle. It will also not start the washer if it does not activate.

  • washer drum not spinning properly
  • washing machine not draining properly

Inside your washing machine is a motor and a drum that are connected through a rubber belt. This belt is what allows the motor to turn the drum, creating the spinning motion. To do this effectively, the belt has to be pulled tight. If it slips out of place or loosens, the drum won't spin very well. Without the spinning motion, your washer won't be able to clean your clothes or drain water from inside the machine.

  • washer drum not spinning properly
  • washing machine not draining properly

As a washing machine spins the internal drum, it generates a lot of force in all directions. The washer needs to be set and positioned without any movement so that it doesn't waiver or tilt. If it isn't positioned properly, it may cause damage to the drum, issues draining, or inefficient wash cycles.

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