Front-Loading Washer Won't Drain

Easy fix for front-loaders

A front-loading washing machine that won't drain may need nothing more than a simple filter cleaning, especially if it's a Maytag. Learn how to access the filter and how to clean it.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Find and clean the filter

If your front-loading washing machine doesn't drain, there could be an easy fix, especially if you own a newer Maytag washer. Even though some instruction manuals don't mention it, there's a filter near the water pump that catches stuff before it gets into the pump and causes damage. If the filter gets clogged, it can prevent your machine from draining. In some cases, a code number will show up on the digital display. If you look up the code in the instruction manual, it will indicate a problem with suds or tell you to check the filter. On Maytag front loaders, it's easy to avoid these problems by cleaning the filter every six months. On newer Maytag machines, you can access the filter easily by removing the front panel (Photo 1). On Frigidaire and some other brands, the filter is part of the pump and you'll have to remove a hose or the entire pump to clean it.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver