Fixing a Washing Machine That Won’t Drain

Today we’ll be looking at a situation where a Frigidaire front load washer isn’t not draining. I recently got a question about just this situation, but with a Whirlpool brand, from a reader who wrote in to saying they needed help with a washer repair in Austin. Since I told him I wasn’t likely to be in Austin any time soon, I said I’d post about my similar experience, and hopefully it’ll help him sort out his own washer problem.

With the machine I was working with, when we put it in to the final spin, get the drain running, it’s just not moving any water, so what we’re going to do is take a shop-vac, we’re going to manually drain out the water from the inside of the tub and then we’re going to go down and try to vacuum the water out as we’re draining it where the sump pokes up to the pump and then get the pump apart, then take a look, see if there is anything in the pump.

washer wont drain 2Now we’re going to go ahead and open it up, get as much water out from the inside as we can first, then we’re going to remove the access panel down at the bottom here.

Our drain pump is down at the bottom on the side, so we’ll just set that down at the side here, What we’ve got on the other side here, there’s a little clamp that holds the sump to the tub so we’re going to ahead and kind of loosen that and just kind of sort of crack it and hold the shop-vac under and get the rest of the water out.

Alright so we’ve loosened this clamp right here, we’ll do a bit of vacuuming, and now we’re going to go ahead and remove two of those clamps down here; the inlet and the outlet on the pump.

Now we’re going to take the two screws off that hold the pump in place, some 5/16th screws… Now we’ll disconnect our wiring harness here and pull the drain line off, and now we can get a look at our pump.

washer wont drain 1What we have is that there is something right in there that’s binding up the impellor, so we’re going to go ahead and just try to remove this piece. Now we’re just going to kind of jack that impellor, make sure it’s not broken free… it feels like it’s still okay.

Alright so we’ve checked over the pump, made sure it looks okay and kind of just inspect it and make sure the housing didn’t get cracked or anything from that, piece got shot around down there. It looks okay, so we’re just going to go ahead and wipe up the water down here and reinstall it.

Next, we’re just going to hook our electrical harness back up there and then we’re just going to test it. It’s tests OK, so now we’ve filled it up with water and we’re just going to go ahead and put it at spin cycle to see with the final spin to activate the drain pump and it’s putting the water out just fine now so that’s going to complete your repair, other than we’re just going to put the bottom panel back together of course.

Mathew Lilienthal