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pump clogged after using a washing machine | home guides | sf gate

Your washing machine could suddenly stop draining after you use it for any number of reasons, but often it's a clog in the drain pump. Small items have a habit of finding their way into the washer, and they can lodge in the pump, as can small clothing items. Clearing the pump isn't difficult, and you may not even have to disassemble the washer to do it.

Your washing machine could suddenly stop draining after you use it for any number of reasons, but often it's a clog in the drain pump. Small items have a habit of finding their way into the washer, and they can lodge in the pump, as can small clothing items. Clearing the pump isn't difficult, and you may not even have to disassemble the washer to do it.

Some washing machines have coin traps, which are designed to catch small items. If something gets lodged there, the machine may not drain until you remove the item. The trap is usually at the bottom of the machine and is designed so you easily can clean it. If you don't find anything there, of if your machine doesn't have a coin trap, you may find a blockage by disconnecting the drain hose from the outlet on the back of the machine. There may be lint, or even a sock, in the hose or the drain outlet.

If you need to examine the drain pump itself, you have to remove the cover from the machine. The procedure for a top-loading machine is different than that for a front-loading one. After unplugging it and moving it away from the wall, you usually can remove the cover from a top loader by unscrewing or unsnapping the control panel and lifting off the cover. To disassemble a front loader, you typically unscrew and remove the top, then remove the seal from the door and unscrew the detergent tray housing. After removing screws at the bottom of the machine, you should be able to lift off the front panel.

The drain pump is near the bottom of the machine, and it's in a translucent housing, so you should be able to see if a sock or some other item is lodged in it. If so, you can remove it with needle-nose pliers after disconnecting the drain hose by loosening the clamp with a screwdriver. If there's nothing in the housing, poke your finger in and feel the impellers. If any are broken, you have to replace the pump. It's also possible the belt driving the pump has snapped. If so, it will be obvious, and you can replace the belt.

You can prevent a recurrence of the problem by watching what you put in your washing machine. Even if you do, however, lint is a fact of life, and you may have to periodically clear it from the drain outlet. You can prevent lint from clogging your drain pipes by wrapping a nylon stocking around the outlet of the drain hose. It will catch the lint that would otherwise go down the drain, and you can easily clear the lint by removing the stocking. You should do this at least every month -- you may be surprised at the amount of lint you find.

Chris Deziel has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in humanities. Besides having an abiding interest in popular science, Deziel has been active in the building and home design trades since 1975. As a landscape builder, he helped establish two gardening companies.

solved: rocks rattling in the drum - needs disassembly? - maytag bravos quiet series 300 - ifixit

solved: rocks rattling in the drum - needs disassembly? - maytag bravos quiet series 300 - ifixit

My 7 year old put a rock in his pocket. We did not catch it before the wash and now it sounds like that rock found its way inside the washer drum? How can I disassemble and remove the rock? Any suggestions?

If the washer is making a loud noise the drain pump might be going bad or might have something caught in it. Remove the drain pump from the washer and inspect it carefully. Look for anything that might be caught in it, a piece of wire, plastic, rock etc. If nothing is wrong with the pump, but it's still noisy it will have to be replaced.

Thanks Mayer! I removed the basket this evening and was able to retrieve a bunch of change, etc. that was rattling around. Hopefully nothing got into the pump. If I continue to hear the rattle, I know where to check next: inside the pump!

I have exactly the same problem here and I have my washing machine for three years now I hear like rambling like a rock when is spinning I actually took off the cap in the middle of the washing machine and it has a bolt but I don't have the tools to take out the bolt. what can I use to remove that bolt because now is like when I wash the water comes into the machine but when its time to throw out the water it is not allowing it takes a big process for the water to draun

My noise began with the first load I washed after I had run the 'clean washer' cycle on my machine. It was a load of my 13 year old son's clothes that he brought back from camp so there's really no telling what I might have missed in his pockets.

Yes, I think. It is when the spin starts and the pump kicks on. There is a basket (where you put the clothes) and a tub (which is like a big shell-tub-liner that holds the water and the basket, water in/out, etc). The basket was easily removed via a 7/16" bolt found under a cap in the center top of the agitator. With some muscle, the basket then removed (pulled straight up) easily from the spindle it was riding on. I had multiple coins rattling around the bottom of the tub. After removing the coins and putting it all back together, I still have something banging around. I think whatever it is gets pushed out and then back into the pump. I need to look again. What are your thoughts?

Well, I had some good luck here. Found a nickel in the basket after running a load and now no more rattling sound. I guess it was hiding in a crack or crevice somewhere. I feel very fortunate that I didn't need to disassemble anything!! Kae

So, I got off my duff yesterday after finally getting tired enough of hearing that obnoxious rattle. Took the basket out again and removed the cover from the pump. Behold, I could see a coin inside one of the pump hoses. I guess my theory was correct, that the spin/pump was pushing it in and out, hence the disappearing act. Used a shop vac and some needle nose pliers to recover several more coins. Now the machine is running quiet again!! .........John

My washer would walk away during spin cycle. I replaced all the support springs. No improvement. I pulled the tub and noticed water in the plastic frame on top and bottom. Water swishing around inside the plastic.... I noticed there were holes filled with factory filling in the bottom in three different spots... I drilled them out and out came a gallon of water. Same for the top.. No wonder it wouldn't balance out during spin cycle.

This washer is the worst on the market. We bought our Maytag Bravos series 300 washer/dryer 4 years ago. We had the washer repaired once under warranty, again when it was 3 months out of warranty, again once by myself after observing the service guy and now its gone once again. Sounds like a Vegas slot machine paying out nickles. Bad design that allows small coins to get past the agitator; even found thin socks and other small delicate clothing beneath he agitator. Rediculous and Whirlpool just doesn't care. If this was a car it would have a major recall. Whirlpool would rather lose out to the competition.

Mine was rattling quite bad and was somewhat simple to fix. Removed the discharge hose from the pump (hose clamp). Two pennies could be seen down in the pump. I used a wet/dry shop vac and with a little shaking was able to suck the pennies out.

Having a similar problem and I am a previous Sears/A&E tech. I ran the manual troubleshooting cycle after pulling the water pump and finding nothing in the pump. When I run the slow spin cycle, I get the change in the pump sound, but when I run the high speed spin, nothing. Quiet. Could it be that the lower RPM spin is allowing change to rattle around between the drum and tub or do I have a splutch issue?

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