To repair a clogged washing machine drain, remove the drain pipe that connects the washer to the home's plumbing, clean it, and use a plumbing snake to remove clogs located inside the main drain pipe. Flush the drain lines with hot water to remove the remaining debris.
Locate the drain pipe on the back of the washing machine, and remove the pipe. The pipe typically connects to the wall and to the lower corner of the washing machine. Soak the drainage pipe in a solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of water, and then flush the pipe with hot water.
Examine the drain pump for small items, such as socks and debris, and remove any visible items. Clogs that are located deep inside the plumbing are removed using a plumbing snake. Insert the snake into the affected drain until it meets resistance, and twist the snake to catch the debris inside the pipe. Pull the snake out of the drain to remove the clog.
Reattach the drain pipe connection that leads from the washing machine to the wall, and run an empty cycle using hot water to flush the drain pipes.
To fix an unbalanced washing machine, check that the clothes are distributed evenly in the tub, make sure the machine is level and check to ensure the inner mechanisms are working correctly. Signs of an unbalanced washing machine include a loud banging noise when it is spinning, vibrations or shaking.Full Answer >
Unclogging a washing machine drain hose or pump is relatively simple and it involves opening the washing machine panel and then locating and removing the clog. If a washing machine does not drain properly, chances are that the drain hose or pump may be clogged. Should both parts of the washing machine appear to be clear, then the pump may need to be replaced.Full Answer >
To repair a leaking washing machine shut-off valve, generally all that is required is to tighten the packing nut, but if that does not stop the leak, the packing washer is damaged and must be replaced. Replacing the packing washer requires an adjustable wrench, a screwdriver and no plumbing experience.Full Answer >
Fix a code SL on a Kenmore Calypso front-loading washing machine by pressing the stop/cancel button and forwarding the cycle to spin. Start the machine again without detergent, and allow it to progress through the cycle to remove the extra suds, the cause of the suds lock. Prevent the problem in the future by using HE detergent.Full Answer >