Common Reasons Why a Washer Won't Drain

If you've reached into your washing machine hoping to transfer your clothes to the dryer, only to find water still standing at the bottom of the tub, then you have a draining problem. There are a few common issues that can cause your washer not to drain. 

  • Blockage: A blockage in the washer's hose could be why your washer won't drain. To determine if this is the issue, you can remove the hose that connects to the bottom of the tub and inspect it for small articles of clothing or other objects that might be lodged in there. 
  • Hose: A kinked hose is another reason that washers refuse to drain. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Simply straighten out the hose, and the washer should begin draining. 
  • Pump: A broken or malfunctioning pump could also be the reason that your washing machine isn't draining. To check, turn the washer on during an empty cycle. If the pump is working, you'll be able to hear it. If it isn't working, fixing the pump problem will require you to remove it first. 
  • Lid Switch: If there's a problem with the lid switch, your whole washing machine will stop working. Try depressing the switch by hand. If it clicks, then it's not the issue. If it doesn't, you will need to replace the switch. 
  • Belt: If the belt on your machine has slipped out of place or is damaged, this could cause your washer not to drain. 

Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list of reasons your washer isn't draining properly. If you've looked into these common causes and you're still having trouble diagnosing the issue, call Morris County Appliance Repair for help. We'll find the underlying issue and get your washer working in no time. Call now to learn more!