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According to the experience of the appliance repair service in San Diego County, the washing machine drain clogs in the following places: Drain filter. It is in it, most often, there are clogs, because that is what it is designed for. The filter cleans the water before it enters the drain pump. The part is located so that the user can clean it himself. It is located behind the hatch in the lower right or left corner of the front of the washing machine. If you do not know how to properly clean the filter, see our instructions. Note that you need to clean it regularly every 2-4 months! Sewer. In most cases, the machines are connected to a common sewer through a sink siphon. This is where the clog occurs. To check whether this is true, you need to disconnect the drain hose from the sewer and put the free end into the bathroom or toilet. Then, turn on the drain. If the water normally drains from the machine, you really have a clogged siphon and/or sewer. You need to remove the clog yourself or by calling a plumber. Drain hose. If the clog occurred in the drain hose, you will need to disassemble the machine. First, the master disconnects the hose from the sewer. Then, it is necessary to get to the drain pump: the second end of the hose is attached to it. In inexpensive models of washing machines getting to the pump is possible from below, simply by tilting the washing machine on its side or back and leaning against the wall. Solid models require more serious disassembly because there is no access from below, there is Aquastop. Then you have to disassemble the front or back of the washing machine. After the master gets access to the drain pump, he disconnects the second end of the drain hose from it. Next – removes the tube and clean it with cables, soft brushes, and a stream of water. Be sure to clean the drain filter.   Drain pump. In fact, the snail, in which the drain filter is screwed in, is already part of the drain pump. To clean it, you need to unscrew the drain filter and look inside. There will be an impeller. Usually, the clog is localized in this place: hair and threads are wound on the blades, and after – they “overgrow” with finer dirt. It is necessary to carefully remove the clog with fine tweezers or a hook. If it did not work – you will need to call a master to disassemble the machine, remove the pump and clean it. Drainage nozzle. To get to the nozzle, you will need to put the machine on its side or disassemble it. The master loosens the fixing clamps and disconnects the pipe from one end: either from the drain pump or from the tank. Next, gets into it by hand, and takes out clogged objects.   Signs that the washing machine has a clogged drain To understand that the washing machine has a clog is quite simple: it does not drain the water. Or it does, but for a very long time. In this case, the sound of the drain pump or the absence of a “purr” is not a reliable sign of clogging. For example, if the pump blades are broken, you will hear the noise of its work, but the water will go slowly or not drain at all. Thus, it is possible to accurately determine whether a clog has occurred or whether the cause is a broken pump – only after conducting diagnostics. Prevention of clogs: rules to keep your washing machine safe The best thing you can do for your equipment is to treat it with care. “Golden” rules that will help avoid the problem of clogs are simple: Clean the drain filter every 2 to 4 months (depending on how heavily you use your washer). Before washing, check the pockets for items left in them. Articles with sequins, beads, rhinestones, and appliques wash in special bags with small cells. And preferably on a delicate cycle. Clean your washing machine every six months. To do this, run an empty washing machine with a special detergent or citric acid (40-80 grams of citric acid pour into the dispenser for powder and select the program at 60°C). If there is a clog in the washing machine, and you could not cope with it yourself – do not risk the technique. Contact a professional. Call or book now. An appliance repair service technician in San Diego County will come to your home within 15 minutes of sending your request. Contact us (619) 719-5005 [email protected]