Why Is My Washing Machine Not Draining?

If your washing machine is not draining properly, then most likely there is something that is blocking the drain hose. While this is certainly annoying, this problem is very common and can be easily fixed by yourself. However, if you found that there is no blockage in the drain, then it may be a malfunctioning pump. In this situation, calling a technician will be the best course of action.

In this article, we will discuss the reasons why your washing machine is not draining properly, and how to troubleshoot this problem.

WARNING: Always unplug your unit first before trying to tinker with it to prevent electrocution.

The drain hose is kinked

One simple non-issue is that your drain hose is kinked and thus the drain water cannot flow out of your washing machine.

The fix is easy enough: just inspect your drain hose and straighten out the kinks when you find one.

The drain is blocked

If didn’t find any kinks in the drain hose, then maybe the drainage itself is blocked.

Check for blockages in the drain hose first. First, remove it from the unit itself (you may have to remove a few screws while you’re at it). Next, run some water on one end. If there is nothing coming out at the other end, then there is surely a blockage somewhere in there.

The most common culprits are loose items of clothing, built-up lint, and coins. For these, you can pull them out with pliers if they sit near the openings of the drain pipe. If not, you may have to use a pipe cleaner or a plumber’s snake to fish out these pesky obstructions.

The pump is malfunctioning

If the above two are not the cause of the problem, then there may be an issue with your washing machine’s pump.

You can access the pump by opening the back panel of the washing machine. Check for blockages inside it. Still, the most common objects found here are small items of clothing, coins, and lint. Remove these blockages and you are good to go!

Another reason why your pump is malfunctioning is because its motor is busted. For this, the only recourse is to replace the pump. We recommend going to a technician if you do not know how to remove and replace this part.


Don’t scramble to buy a new washing machine just yet! If your washer is not draining, check the common culprits first and try to fix it on your own if the problem is easy enough. If not, calling a plumber or a washing machine technician for help is also an option.

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