How to unclog a washing machine

How to unclog a washing machine

A blockage, as a rule, occurs unexpectedly in a washing machine, but not without reason. Usually, the cause of a blockage in the car is the user himself, who does not take care of his own home assistant. It happens that the user, due to his carelessness, allows some small object to get into the washing machine tank, which then forms a blockage. Whatever the cause of the blockage, the problem must be solved. How? Let's talk about this in this publication.

How to understand that the car is clogged

If the washing machine suddenly becomes clogged, it is quite difficult to identify the clog only by external signs. Usually, if a severe blockage occurs, the drain stops functioning and the washing machine simply cannot drain waste water from the tank and freezes in the middle of the washing program. At the same time, you visually see through the glass of the hatch that there is water in the tank.

If the clog is weaker, the washing machine may not drain the water quickly enough. As a result, the washing machine issues an error code and also freezes in the middle of the wash, leaving the remaining waste water in the tank. These are symptoms characteristic of a blockage, but this does not mean that these symptoms are not characteristic of other malfunctions. In the article repairing a washing machine pump, we consider exactly the same symptoms in the case when the drain pump fails.

The same symptoms may occur if the control module or pressure switch of the washing machine is faulty. In general, it is impossible to do without a more detailed study of the issue. What can really be done to determine the malfunction? What is it, a blockage or not a blockage?

Unfortunately, there are no simple recipes in this case. You will have to check the entire list of possible faults one by one, moving from the simplest and most accessible testing options to the complex ones until you come across a breakdown.

  • First, let's open the drain of the garbage filter, first unscrewing the filter itself. A blockage often forms right in the drain; if this is the case, then you can stop searching.
  • If there is no debris in the drain, disconnect the washing machine from the network and water supply with sewerage and move it to the middle of the room. We tilt the machine on its left side and through the bottom of the washer we get to the pump, as well as the pipe that is adjacent to it. At this stage, we check the pump, the adjacent pipe, and the drain hose.
  • If a blockage or other malfunction is still not detected, unscrew the pump through the bottom of the washing machine, and then the washing machine motor. Now nothing prevents us from checking the main pipe going from the tank to the garbage filter. This is not particularly convenient, but it is still better than removing the front wall of the washing machine.
  • If in this case a malfunction or blockage is not detected, feel free to contact a specialist. Most likely, the matter is serious, and the problem cannot be solved on your own.

Getting rid of the blockage

If you find that one of the internal paths of the washing machine is clogged, the easiest way to fix the problem is to physically fix it on the spot by pulling out all the dirt with your fingers, a screwdriver, or other available means. This method is good, but it does not guarantee a solution to the problem if, for example, this blockage is not the only one.

We recommend that in addition to physical cleaning, you also use dry cleaning. After you assemble the washing machine and install it in place, purchase a universal cleaner for washing machines like. Pour this product into the tray of the washing machine and start the wash in boiling water at a temperature of 90 0 C. Firstly, you will rid your household helper of any remaining dirt, and secondly, you are guaranteed to return it to working capacity, unless, of course, some more comes out problem.

How to prevent this from happening in the future

A blockage can occur if a foreign object gets into the drain (whether it is a pipe or a hose) and gets stuck there. Then dirt will quickly settle on it, and the drain will be tightly closed by a large dirt plug. What to do to prevent blockages in the washing machine? In fact, everything is very simple. It is necessary to regularly perform a number of simple actions that will almost 100% save you and your washing machine from these troubles.

  • Unscrew and clean the debris filter regularly. It was created for this purpose by designers, to catch all sorts of rubbish that gets into the car.
  • Check the pockets of the items you put in the washing machine drum. If there are poorly sewn items on the item, it is better not to wash it in the machine or use a laundry bag.
  • At least once every six months, carry out preventative chemical cleaning of your washing machine using a special household helper cleaning product. You just need to do this strictly regularly!

In conclusion, we note that a blockage is not the worst problem that can befall a washing machine. However, if a clogged drain is not cleared in time, it can cause more serious problems. So don’t delay your search, try to get your assistant up and running as quickly as possible, and if that doesn’t work, without delay, call a technician, he will be able to clean the drain and eliminate many faults.