The drain filter cleans the wastewater from all kinds of debris (coins, buttons, etc.). The filter element can also become clogged by impurities and heavy elements in the water.
Cleaning is necessary to prevent small organic and inorganic particles from entering the pump and the connections, which can damage the parts.
Signs of the need for cleaning
A drain filter is also called a drain, trash, and pump filter.
Signs indicating the need for the procedure are:
– Discontinuation of all functions;
– Difficulty draining the liquid, during which it – slows down or stops completely;
– When going to spin mode, the system immediately shuts off;
– the “Rinse” function is not performed.
Each of these signs is a signal to take action to remove debris from the filter.
Sequence of procedure
Before removing the filter, it is necessary to have a container for draining water and dry rags, covering the machine with them, and slipping them under the bottom. The fact is that even after draining, there is still some water in it. Rags will absorb the liquid and protect the floor from moisture.
This is done because some models have assemblies that are not able to unplug instantly. After you make sure that the machine is entirely disconnected, you can get to work. Before removing the filter cover, unscrew it and pull it out of its seat.
After that, the following manipulations are carried out:
– Rinsing under running water.
– Cleaning the contaminated areas with a brush.
– Clearing lime scale and getting rid of the unpleasant odor by soaking in a solution of citric acid and water.
Also clean the seat of the filter in the machine, because debris can get stuck in it. To make the procedure easier, use a flashlight to illuminate the dark areas.
After removing the debris and rinsing under running water, the clean part is reinstalled.
Problems and methods for fixing them
When cleaning the filter element, you may encounter a problem. It consists of the fact that the cover does not rotate.
In such a situation, if you have a machine, put the machine on its side and remove the pump. If the model is without the cover, you will see the pump. If you have a cover, you need to remove it. After that, you need to disconnect the wires. Next, you will need to unscrew the bolts that hold the part and detach the electrics from the pump.
The filter is then treated with liquid WD-40, opened, and cleaned. After completing the procedure, the actions are carried out in reverse order. When screwing the cover, pay attention to how tightly it is screwed. A cap that is not screwed on tightly will leak water.
Different makes and models of machines have different specifications, so you should read the relevant section in the manual before carrying out the work. Knowing their features, you will avoid difficulties. For example, in washing machines whose filter is fixed with a screw, you will need to first unscrew the screw.
If the design does not provide for a drainage filter, remove the housing of the washing machine, and check the volute, the drain pump, and the pipes.
In such machines as Samsung, the drain filter is located at the bottom of the front side. In LG and Bosch models, it is located behind the decorative hatch at the bottom right.
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