Manually Drain A Washing Machine
A washing machine not being able to drain properly is a major issue that people face commonly. While many instantly think of giving it away for repair, you can try to drain it yourself manually as well.
However, for that, you must be fully aware of what you are actually planning to do to avoid any injuries or spills. Washing machines can be front-loading or top-loading, and both of these need to be handled differently from the other.
So, let’s see how you can conduct the act of draining a washing machine manually.
First of all, let’s have a look at what are the usual suspects of draining problems.
- Drain hose clog: If the water did not flow into the bucket when you lowered it, then there's most likely to be a clog. You can use a plumber's snake to get rid of the clog.
- Drain pump clog: First of all, check the manual to see how to access the drain pump. It is usually located behind a removable panel from the front or back of the machine. You can use the needle-nose pliers to remove the clog.
Draining a top-loading washing machine
Turn off the Power
Switch off the power button of the machine and unplug the machine from the power source. Place duct tape over the power cord to the top of the machine to avoid it getting covered with water spillage. At the same time, pull your machine out of the wall. If you fear scratching the floor, then take help from a partner and place towels at the machine's front and back to pull it away. However, don't pull it too far to pull out some hoses from the wall.
Locate drain hose & water supply hose
Now that you've pulled the washing machine away from the wall, you can easily access the drain hose at the back. This drain hose is usually located at the back of the washer along with cold and hot and after supply. They are usually smaller than the drain hose, so it's easier to find the drain hose. The drain hose consists of the machine's wastewater while the hot and cold water hoses carry clean water in. Also, the drain hose is usually grey, while the water supply hoses are marked red and blue. Turn the water supply hoses off by turning the red and blue knobs clockwise.
Drain the water
Depending upon your machine, it might carry the water into a standpipe, a drainpipe in the wall, or a utility sink. Keep a bucket ready and disconnect the drain hose from the pipe by pulling it loose. Keep the hose upright into the air until you're ready to fill the bucket. As you lower the hose, the water will start flowing out due to gravity. Keep and eye on how much you'd want the bucket to be filled with water. Once it's loaded as much as you'd like, hold the hose's open end above the machine, drain the bucket and repeat this process until you've entirely drained out all the water.
Finish the last drops of water
The third step in draining the washing machine manually is draining the last drops of water into a bottle. The rim of the bucket might be too high for all the water to drain out, so use a gallon-size bottle. Cover the bottle’s mouth with the hose's open end. Once it fills up, empty it and repeat it until it's completely drained. If the hose's open end is more significant than the bottle's mouth, then you can use a funnel to avoid spills.
Draining a front-loading washing machine
Find the drainage filter
Look at the bottom front of your washing machine. There, you'll find a panel that holds a covered drainage filter. These panels are usually hinged and can be easily removed by hand, but if it's screwed, then use a screwdriver to remove it. Remember, here; you just have to locate it and not remove it.
Raise the front of the machine
Now, you have to comprehend the fact that the drainage filter is located at the very bottom of your machine, so you'll have to use a very shallow dish to store the water coming out of it. You can make this process easier by pulling the machine away from the wall and lifting it up from the floor by placing bricks or wood under the front corners. After doing this, you can use a deeper dish. As the washing machine has quite a lot of weight of its own and the water makes it even more decadent, so take the help of a partner to make it easier.
Remove the panel
Now, it's time to unhinge the panel to your drainage filter. Place a towel directly underneath it on the floor, then place a shallow container the filter if there is no device included behind the panel. If there is a device located, then extend it and place it underneath.
Unscrew and drain
Now, for draining a washing machine manually, unscrew the drainage filter slowly. Once it opens up for the water to flow out in a manageable stream, stop right there and let the container fill up. Close the filter again, dispose of the water, and repeat the process until the water has emptied out completely.
Lower back the machine
If you placed the front corners of your machine on the bricks, then you should know that there is still some water left in the machine. Tightly seal the filter, remove the bricks, and finish up draining the water as you did before. However, use a shallower dish this time.