Washer Not Draining
Washer Drain Pump
The washer's drain pump is what your washer uses to remove the
water from the wash tub. Some washers have an electric pump and some
washers have a pump that is connected directly to the motor or run
off of a belt. The most common reason a washer will not drain is
because something has become stuck in the pump and will not allow
water to go through. This could also prevent the washer from
Electric Drain Pump
To test an electric water pump is not a hard thing to do.
Getting to it is always harder than checking it. It only has
two wires running to it from the timer or control board. When you put the
washer in spin cycle you should have 120 volts AC to the pump. To test this
you will need to use a Multimeter. If you are getting voltage to the pump and
the water is not draining you need to check the pump for any restrictions.
This will require you to remove the hoses from both ends of the pump. Anything
could be stuck in the pump from coins to the underwire of a bra. That would be
the most common reason for the no drain complaint. If there is nothing blocking
the impeller from spinning then you will have to replace the pump. So if you have
voltage and no drain and no restrictions, replace the pump.
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Direct Drive Drain Pump
This type of pump is connected directly to the drive motor for the spin cycle.
This means it has no wires going to it and doesn't require power to
run. So if this washer is not draining then it
might not be spinning either and the main motor could be bad or you could have a bad
lid switch. If however the washer is spinning and not draining then
there is something blocking the water from getting into or out of
the pump. To check this you will have to remove the pump from the
motor and make sure nothing is inside creating a restriction or
preventing the water from flowing through.
Belt Driven Drain Pump
This type of pump is not connected to the motor like a direct
drive washer. It also has no electrical wires going to it.
It doesn't need power to run. It runs off a pulley on the
bottom of the pump connected to the pulley that goes around the
motor. A common reason these types of pumps stop draining is
due to a restriction. The other reason would be if the belt is
worn out and cannot spin the pump.