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Why Won't Your Washing Machine Drain?

When your washing machine suddenly stops draining, it can be problematic. Not only can it become harder to clean your clothes – it also becomes easier to struggle with an overflow, and generally means that there is something wrong with either the machine or the system.

It’s important to correctly diagnose the cause of the poorly draining washing machine in order to fix it. Most of the time, the issue is going to be with the appliance itself. It may be time for you to replace the washing machine, or take it to a repair shop. However, there are specific times that the issue may be related to the plumbing, in which case an experienced Brooklyn plumber may be necessary.

When Water Stays in the Washing Machine

It’s not uncommon for the issue to be related to the washing machine itself. For example, if there is an electrical issue that isn’t communicating to the washing machine that it’s time to drain, the system may not function properly. But if the washing machine is otherwise working, and the only problem appears to be draining, then the issue may be one of the following:

  • Drain Tube – When something clogs your washer’s drain tube, it will prevent water from being removed from your appliance. Test to see if this is the issue by taking the drain tube off the washing machine and checking to see if it’s clear.
  • Lid Switch – If your lid switch malfunctions it can cause your washer to stop draining. If you suspect that you have a bad lid switch, you may need to take the machine in for repair from a trained professional.
  • Drain Pump – When water is left in your washing machine, and the drain tube is not to blame, the issue could be that the pump has gone bad. Broken pumps will not let the water leave the machine at the end of the wash cycle. If you think that your washing machine pump is to blame, the appliance may need repair.
  • Water Pump Belt – The water pump belt works to drain out the water in the washer. If this belt breaks or becomes loose or frayed, it will be unable to drain and remove any water from your washing machine.
  • Drive Belt – The drive belts rides on the pulleys in your washing machine. If your belt has become loose or if it broke it will not be able to move the appropriate pieces in your washing machine so that it will drain. Inspect the drive belt to see if it has come loose and needs to be replaced.

Most of these issues require the work of an appliance repair specialist. But in some cases the issue may be something more significant, and require the work of a trained plumber. If you have already tried to fix the problem with the washing machine, or have replaced it and continue to have a problem, it may be time to contact an experienced Brooklyn Plumber.