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Washer Won't Drain? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Washer Won't Drain? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

 

The washing process within your machine includes water draining from the drum in between the wash and spin cycles. When water doesn’t properly drain, your clothes may come out dripping wet. If water is not draining from your washing machine properly, check the drain hose to make sure it’s clear, confirm there’s no backup in your home’s drain system and make sure the drain hose is not lower than the water level in the drum. If that doesn’t fix the problem, our friends at Sears Parts Direct have additional tips to help your washing machine drain.
 



Learn more about troubleshooting a top-load washer that won't drain from Sears Parts Direct.


Potential Fixes

 

Repair or Replace the Drain Pump

When the wash cycle has finished, the drain pump is responsible for removing the water from the washing machine’s drum. A common sign of a failing drain pump is a humming noise when the washer is engaged in a wash cycle. To fix this, try clearing the pump of excess debris or replacing the seal. If that doesn’t solve the problem, replace the drain pump.

 

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Learn more about replacing a drain pump in a top-load washer or front-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.
 

Washer drain pump

Washer lid switch

Replace the Lid Switch

Top-loading washing machines include a lid switch that senses whether the top lid is closed. For safety reasons, the lid must be closed when the basket is engaged in a spin cycle. In some models, an open lid prevents the drum from filling and draining properly. If the lid switch is unable to detect whether the lid is closed, replace the lid switch.

 

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Learn more about replacing a lid switch/lock assembly in a top-load washer or direct-drive top-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.


Replace the Water-Level Pressure Switch

The washing machine is able to detect how much water is inside the drum using the water-level pressure switch. If the switch is damaged or defective and is unable to detect how much water is inside, this could cause the washing machine to fill improperly, not fill at all, overflow or fail to drain.

 

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Learn more about replacing a water-level pressure switch in a direct-drive top-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.

Washer water-level pressure switch

Washer main electronic control board

Replace the Main Electronic Control Board

The main electronic control board controls the timing and execution of all of the washing machine’s component functions, including the fill valves, drive motor and drain pump. If the main electronic control board is not working properly, it could cause any number of issues within your washing machine including failing to control the drain pump’s function of draining water.  

 

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Learn more about replacing a electronic control board in a top-load washer or front-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.
 


Replace the Washer Timer

The washer timer has an internal motor that advances cams inside of the timer body that send electric signals to different washer components throughout the wash cycle. If the timer’s motor isn’t working properly or the internal cams are not properly controlling washer components, the washing machine may not drain.  

 

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Learn more about replacing a timer in a direct-drive top-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.

Washer timer

Washer drive motor

Replace the Drive Motor

The drive motor is used to move and spin the wash basket during a wash or spin cycle. It also drives the gearcase shaft in top-load washing machines to move the agitator. If the drive motor windings fail or the motor locks up, it can stop working properly and possibly prevent the washing machine from entering a drain cycle.  

 

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Learn more about replacing a drive motor in a top-load washer or direct-drive motor in a front-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.
 


Replace the Motor Control Board

In front-loading washing machines, the motor control board monitors and controls the speed and direction of the drive motor. If this motor fails to run, it could prevent the drum from draining properly following a wash cycle. To fix this, replace the motor control board to allow the drive motor to run properly.

 

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Learn more about replacing a motor control board in a front-load washer from Sears Parts Direct.
 

Washer motor control board

Regular washer maintenance check

Perform a Preventative Maintenance Check

Request that a service technician perform a preventative maintenance check on all of the components of your washing machine to identify any potential problems. Adjustments may have to be made to improve the efficiency of your washing machine’s cycles and get your clothes cleaner.