There is water in the washing machine: what to do?

There is water in the washing machine: what to do?

A broken washing machine is a source of serious household problems for most modern people. However, the occurrence of a malfunction does not always require an immediate call to the technician. Sometimes you can fix the situation yourself, spending no more than half an hour on it, for example, if there is water in the drum of the washing machine. Let us look at what can cause a breakdown and what to do to quickly fix it.

Why did the problem occur?

The machine has completed a full cycle, and the owner takes out the clothes after washing and discovers that all the water has not been pumped out of the tank - such situations sometimes occur. First, you should evaluate the remaining water in the tank and determine whether at least some of the liquid has been drained. The reasons for the lack of complete drainage may be as follows:

  • the drain hose or drain filter is clogged,
  • The sensor that monitors the water level is not working correctly.

If the water was not drained from the drum, and the machine made an uncharacteristically loud sound during washing, then with a high degree of probability the cause was a malfunction of the pump.

Removing water and troubleshooting

Repairing the device always begins with disconnecting it from the power supply and water supply system. Then you need to inspect the equipment - look behind the body, check the condition of the hose, and drain the dirty liquid into a prepared container.

The water should be drained from the tank like this: disconnect it from the siphon and then lower it into a bucket. At the same time, it can be checked for blockages. If the fluid flows freely, replacement will not be necessary. After repair, the hose can be reinstalled. If a blockage is found, it must be cleared with a wire brush. This will help deal with stagnant water in the drum.

After making sure that the hose passes water normally, you should inspect the drainage filter. The part is located at the bottom of the case, behind the plastic panel. To remove the filter, you must rotate it counterclockwise, and then pull it towards you. A part washed in running water can be put back in its original place in the same way. If the problem of water stagnation in the drum is not related to the drain filter, you need to check the operation of the drain pump.

The pump installation methods are different in different models of washing machines. For example, in devices from LG and Bosch, you can get to the part through the bottom of the case, but in equipment produced by Siemens and Bosch, you must disassemble the front panel.

Sometimes the water in the washing machine does not drain from the tank due to a broken pressure switch. It can also be tested. To do this you need to do the following:

  • Remove the top panel from the device body. The water level sensor is in the corner part,
  • Disconnect the wires and tube,
  • Check if there is a blockage in the tube; often this is why the pressure switch does not work correctly,
  • Inspect the sensor contacts, clean them,
  • Take a multimeter and determine the resistance of the pressure switch.

If the test shows that the pressure switch is not working correctly, you need to purchase a new one. Then you need to connect it to the wires, and tube, and install it in its original place.

How to prevent this from happening in the future?

Service centre specialists note that they are increasingly having to troubleshoot drain pumps. New equipment breaks down after 2–3 years of operation. It is difficult to unequivocally answer the question of what this relates to. The reason lies in the low quality of components. It is also possible that washing machines may be installed incorrectly when the drain hose is extended so much that the load on the pump increases sharply.

Therefore, it is important to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations for the correct use of equipment. It is quite possible to prevent blockages and stagnation of water in the drum. Little needs to be done for this.

  • Clean the drain filter regularly.
  • Before putting things into the drum, you need to check the pockets and remove debris and foreign objects from them.
  • Use household chemicals or citric acid to clean the machine, but strictly follow the dosage.

To summarize, it can be noted that the water remaining in the tank after washing is a sign of a malfunction of the device. You cannot start it until the problem is fixed. You can try to find the cause yourself or seek help from a specialist. Before he arrives, it is worth draining the water from the machine so that an unpleasant odour does not appear inside the case.