Our washing machine stopped pumping out water during the discharge cycle and shut itself down. Instead of calling an appliance repair service, I took off the front access panel to poke around a bit. Seeing the big, obvious PVC cleanout plug, I unscrewed it to see what it was all about.
Holy smokes! About a gallon of water poured out before I pulled out what appeared to be a filter drawer. Inside were $2.52 in change, a clothing tag, a house key, three bobby pins, a golf tee, wadded pieces of paper, a jean rivet, a couple of nuts and a washer, plus some unidentifiable debris. I cleaned the drawer and put everything back, and the washer now works perfectly. If your washer stops working, give this a try. If this solves the problem, you’ve probably saved about $100 for a service call, not to mention the embarrassment of watching the repair technician pull off the same easy operation.