Steps to Drain a Washing Machine Manually in Case of an Emergency

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You might face the problem of water not draining out of the washing machine. There can be a host of reasons behind it. However, you do not need to worry as these can be fixed easily. Here is how to drain the washing machine in case of an emergency

However, before getting into the fixes, it is better to know how the draining function works and what it is.

What is The Drain Function in a Washing Machine?

From the name, the function is evident. It drains the water during the spin cycle of the machine.

It is the pump washer that lets the water out from the drain hose. The drain hose then goes to the top and then back to the drain at the bottom. This fills the machine’s tub.

The water then drains out, reaching the bend by the hose.

Why Does The Washing Machine Do not Drain Water?

There are several reasons behind the washing machine not draining the water. 

  • It might be a broken pump.
  • The water is getting clogged.
  • A broken belt.
  • A broken lid switch.
  • Cloth-clogged drain hose.
  • Accumulation of dust.

No matter whatever the reasons are, the water must be drained out of the machine.

How to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine?

Draining water from a differently loaded washing machine is different.

Top Load Washing Machine

  • First, turn off the power connection and unplug the machine. Furthermore, to avoid water splashing on the plug, tape it.
  • Move the machine to access the drain hose. There is the drain hose at the back of the appliance. Also, you will find two water supplies, one hot (red) and one cold (blue). Now, these water supplies provide water for cleaning and washing. There is a drain hose that drains out the dirty water. This drain pipe is grey. Moreover, it is better to turn off the water supply from these pipes. Just rotate it anti-clockwise.
  • Now, drain the water out of the machine. Take a large bucket. Disconnect the hose from the pipe. Make sure to hold the pipe upwards before you are all set to fill the bucket. Furthermore, lower the pipe as low to the ground for the water to flow out smoothly. Once the bucket fills midway, hold the hose upwards. Just empty the bucket to refill it once again. Repeat the process till the tub has no water.
  • However, you might notice that when you lower the pipe, there is no or very little water that comes out. It is because of a blockage in the drain hose. With a plumber snake releases it. Just push the coil in till you feel the jam. Also, manually turn the handles to get rid of the blockage. Note that the water will start flowing the moment there is no more blockage.
  • Moreover, if you find your drain hose working correctly, it might be a problem with the drain pipe. You can find it either at the front or at the back or bottom of the machine. When you find the pump, remove the spring clamps using pliers. You see the clogs of hair or lint. Remove it with needle-nosed pliers. Finally, attach back the hoses.

Front Load Washing Machine

  • Similarly, here also turn the power off and then unplug the washing machine. However, to avoid any water splashing in the plug, you can tape it.
  • Next, you will see two kinds of drainage systems. Either you will get a drain pump filter, or a drain pump or a drain hose. Accordingly, just flip, or unscrew or unclip the access panel to reach out.
  • Now, you have to drain the water. You can do it in two different ways. However, it depends on the type of drainage pipe.
  • If your machine has a drain pipe filter, place a towel or a container against the machine. It will collect the water without any mess. Just remove the filter. Turn the knob in an anti-clockwise direction. Doing it, the water starts flowing. Remove the filter gradually. Make sure to empty the bucket once it gets filled up and you are left with water to drain out.
  • If your machine has both a drain tube and a filter, place a towel and a low container beneath the drain hose. Next, unclip the drain hose and open the drain cap. As a result, the water will release. The container may fill before the water has been completely drained out. Keep the cap in hand so you can put it back. Finally, clip back the hose.
  • Once the water is drained, clean the filter with hands. You might find any material accumulation on the filter. After cleaning it with hands, lean it with warm water and a soft brush. However, if you still see the problem persists, replacing the filter and the access panel is the solution.
  • In the end, if you fail to figure out the problem, it is better to call for professional help.

Some More Tips on Washing Machine Draining

Here are some more tips on drawing your machine ( if the ones mentioned above are not your problems).

  • Reset: Unplug the switch and plug it once again. Open and close the door of the machine several times. Then reset everything. Hope it might solve your issues.
  • Check the Doors are Closed: In many machines, you can drain the water if the lids and doors are closed. Check whether there is any problem with the lid switch. If you find a problem there, replace it.
  • The Faulty Water Level: The faulty water level can be an issue. Check the water level valve. Replace the valve if you find the valve is corroded.

Wrap Up

Thus, to sum up, you can easily fix these issues. However, if you still have any queries, do drop them in the comment boxes. We would love to help you out.


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