Washer not draining?

Filed Under Washer Repair

Full WasherIf you are having problems with your washing machine draining, there are a few things that it could be…

First issue may be the power. Check to make sure you have power to the washing machine by plugging something else in the socket.

Second issue may be the lid switch. Lid switches are there for safety. If the lid is open the washer will not enter the spin/drain cycle…this prevents people from being able to stick their hand down into the washer and hurt themselves. So if the lid switch is bad, the washer will think the lid is open.

Third issue could be the drain pump. The drain pump can become defective or clogged thus limiting its ability to drain the water from the washer.

Final issue, if it is none of the others, is possibly a bad washer timer. This should be the last thing you check as it is probably the most unlikely when compared with the other issues listed above.

If you are unsure or need help figuring out which of these issues could be causing your washer to not drain, try the Repair Forum.

Once you find out which part it is that is causing your problems, try the Model Research page to find the exact part for your model.

Not sure where to find the model number on your washer? Try the Model Number Locator.


4 Responses to “Washer not draining?”

  1. Glynn Corkern on May 12th, 2008 5:24 pm

    I have a GE Washer Model # WHDSR315DAWW. It is now retaining some residual water in the “outer tub” after the drain mode has finished. There is no water left in the “wash tub” but I can hear it slushing in the outer tub. I have checked the pump, it is clean and clear. I have held the drain hose super elevated during the drain cycle, I can hear the pump kick on and it is able to push the water out while the hose is elevated. (So I am assuming that the pump is still operating ok). Yet there is water left in the washer and it soon becomes stale. Any ideas or suggestions would be great. Thanks.

  2. allen robison on May 18th, 2008 11:02 pm

    Maytag washer: cloths are still dripping wet when the machine finishes it’s cycle,
    When in operation with the switch bypassed,
    it appears to be spinning and agitating at the same time

  3. joe pacheco on June 17th, 2008 2:04 pm

    i have a whirlpool washer m#wtw53005q0 s#cu3823753, that seems to leave the clothes wet after spin cycle. the water is pumped about seven feet up. is this too far?. all the problems i’ve seen on line have not been it , help please.

  4. osei simon on July 21st, 2008 11:54 am

    My kenmore washington mobel #22042100 is adout 6yrs old.It spins but will not drain, I change the pump and still will not drain.

    Thanks for your help

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