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March 24th, 2021 at 11:00 am

There are several reasons why washing machines won’t drain properly. Whatever the cause, here is some professional advice from our partners at American Home Shield® for how to drain a washing machine.

Here are some of the things you’ll need to have on hand for the task: 

Step 1: Turn off the power 

Step 2: Locate the drain hose at the back of the washer 

Step 3: Prepare your bucket and drain hose 

Step 4: Check for and remove all clogs in the drain hose 

Step 5: Check for deeper clogs in the drain or beyond  

Step 6: Inspect the washer pump 

Step 7: Inspect the washing machine lid switch

Step 8: Inspect the washing machine for damaged belts 

Step 9: Check to see if your configuration includes a washing machine drain vent 

Step 10: When in doubt, call a service professional for help 

For more details, learn How to Drain a Washing Machine from our partners at American Home Shield®.

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