How to remove the filter on an LG washing machine

How to remove the filter on an LG washing machine

Removing the drain filter from the LG washing machine is easy and simple - unscrew it, clean it, and return it to its place. But sometimes a matter of seconds stretches out for hours, the apartment is threatened with a flood, and the machine itself may be left without a drain pump. In order not to risk your nerves and property, it is better to act consistently and according to instructions.

Removing a part under normal conditions

There is no need to rush to remove the filter. If you get down to business right away, water will flow through the vacated hole onto the floor. And it does not matter whether the drum is empty or full - dirty waste liquid always remains in the washing machine’s tank, which quickly flows out without a plug. The consequences of such a rush depend on the situation surrounding the machine: you can get away with a dirty rug, damaged floor covering or a local flood. In any case, you will have to spend time and effort.

This does not mean that you should forget about cleaning the filter. You just need to approach the procedure wisely and with proper preparation. So, before taking a part out of LG, it is recommended to perform a number of simple steps.

  • Disconnect the machine from electricity.
  • Remove carpets, extension cords, boxed detergents and other items that are not resistant to moisture from the machine.
  • Protect vulnerable floor coverings from water penetration. The most reliable way is to cover the space under and around the unit with oilcloth or film and put old rags on top.
  • Prepare rags and flat containers to collect leaking water. Of the latter, plastic containers and frying pans are perfect.
  • Tilt the body of the washing machine back until the front legs are 3-5 cm off the floor and place the prepared container in the gap under the compartment with the filter.
  • Secure the container with rags laid out around it.

If the points are completed, we get to work. First, open the technical hatch and find the filter cover. We take the protruding handle and turn it half a turn counterclockwise. We pull towards ourselves with some effort. As soon as the nozzle leaves the seat, water will flow out of the hole. You should be prepared for the fact that the stream will be uneven - the plastic lid will splash the liquid, and rags laid out around will be your salvation.

What if you cannot unscrew it?

But unscrewing a spare part does not always go smoothly. Sometimes attempts to remove the filter do not lead to the desired result, because the spiral is stuck to the body, or the thread is clogged. In the first case, a white or yellow coating is visible from under the rubber gasket, and in the second, you feel that the trash can is holding something. In such situations, the standard scheme does not work - you will have to go a unique way. So, if the filter cannot be removed, you must:

  • Prepare pliers or round nose pliers,
  • Grab the handle of the filter with the tool,
  • Carefully turn the part.

You cannot press too hard, otherwise the fragile plastic will break off and the desired effect will not be achieved. If there is still no result, we change tactics: tilt the washing machine back about 15-20 cm from the floor, leaning the body against the wall. We return to the filter again and try to knock it out with our fist several times. With a strong push, foreign bodies holding the nozzle can move and free the thread from being captured.

When the fist method does not work, you will have to follow the difficult, but most fruitful path - cleaning the debris filter on the side of the pump. It is necessary to get to the volute through the bottom of the machine, remove the clamps from the adjacent pipes, loosen the clamps and remove the drain pump. For convenience, you can also unscrew the front panel of the case. Then the removed parts are soaked in hot water, and the cleaned filter is easily unscrewed.

Removing the filter on an LG washing machine is easy if you prepare wisely, take your time, and remember safety precautions. Regularity is also important - prolonged stagnation will block the thread and complicate the task.