Cleaning the drain hose in the washing machine
Every person, creating comfort around himself, tries to buy as many modern home appliances as possible. However, these household helpers, require constant attention and care. Modern washing machines are able to carry out the entire washing process on their own, but they also have malfunctions, and the most common malfunction is clogging. Each time you go to the master with a similar failure is awkward, so it is better to deal with yourself how to clean the drain hose of the washing machine, if it clogs and clogs. It would seem that what is easier. disconnect the drain hose and rinse in water. But in practice, everything is not so simple, because to remove the hose, you still need to get to it, because it is connected somewhere inside the unit. In this article, we will familiarize you with how to clean the washing machine from clogs and what to do to prevent such a problem.
The most common problem of all consumers of appliances is the occurrence of a clog in the design of the drain. It can occur as a result of the following causes:
- Clogged filter system.
- Faulty spigot in the area between the tank and the pump.
- Pump breakage.
- Damage to the drain hose.
- Blockage of the impeller system, if foreign objects get into the pump.
- Clogged sewer pipe.
Types of clogs
There are two types of clogs that can cause the need to clean the washing machine drain hose, at home:
Natural clogging of the drain system occurs as a result of the accumulation of small particles of animal hair, hair, absorbent cotton, fluff, lint on clothing, and fall into the machine, during washing.
Important! This type of clog appears in the device much slower than a mechanical one.
The main cause of mechanical clogs is the ingress of small objects in the filter system of the machine:
- Clothing buckles and locks.
- Decorative and small parts of clothes.
- Brassiere bones.
- Small toys (ball).
- Fine contents.
The gradual accumulation of these objects in the drainage system and causes a clog.
Cleaning the hose
After removing the element, inspect it and make sure that it is not damaged anywhere. You will need a thin rope with a small scraper on the end. it cleans soap scum very well. For a neat and effective cleaning we suggest you use the tips:
- Move the cord in a reciprocating motion, pulling it back from time to time. The process is similar to cleaning a clogged sewer pipe.
- Rinse the drain hose for the washing machine under running water.
- Set in place.
- Assemble the washing machine by reassembling all the parts.
To consolidate the result pour into the powder tray 100 grams of citric acid, set the temperature to 60 degrees and turn on the “idle” mode.
How it works
When the machine is running, the water flows into it under pressure. It is worth selecting the desired program and pressing “Start”, as water begins to flow into it. Further work goes like this:
- The solenoid valve opens;
- the control sensor (pressostat) measures the required volume of water;
- The liquid passes through the compartments with the powder and enters the tank;
- Pressurized water is pumped into the laundry compartment.
The pump works both during and after the wash. It is needed for draining and pumping out the used water after washing or rinsing. But it is not involved in the spinning process. After receiving a signal from the control module, the motor pumps dirty water down the drain. It flows through the rubber pipe that connects the tank and the volute with special clamps.
The dirty liquid then passes through a filter and into the pump. There is a filtering device inside the volute. it traps the debris, preventing it from reaching the impeller. Next, the liquid flows through the drain hose into the sewer.
Having detected a malfunction resulting from a clog in the drain of the washing machine, the first thing to do is to provide unimpeded access to the drain system.
The filtration system is located in the bottom of the washing machine on the right side behind a small door with a hatch. To open it you need to pry the edge of the hatch with your finger or a flat object. In some models the panel is opened by pressing the latches or unbending the swivel hooks.
Behind the door there is a rounded filter that should be unscrewed in a counter-clockwise direction
Perform filter cleaning in this sequence:
- Carefully remove the filter by unscrewing the screw.
- Placing the design at an inclination, drain the liquid, previously placing under it a container with low sides.
- After releasing the structure from the water, remove all stuck foreign objects. If the structural elements of the system are completely covered with scale. they will have to be replaced.
- After removing contamination by washing with water and wiping with a moistened sponge, inspect the location of the filtration system and remove dirt accumulated on the walls.
- Clean the pump system, then connect the unit to the power supply and turn on the “drain” mode. If the pump system is working properly, the blades and rabbit will rotate smoothly.
The subtleties and nuances of cleaning the drain of the washing machine are presented in the video:
Drain pipe disassembly
The flow of liquid may also be blocked if the connections to the sewer system are clogged. To clean them, you need to disconnect the hose.
- Disconnect the unit from the power supply.
- Shut off water valve.
- Use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the front bottom or side panel.
- Drain the remaining amount of used water through the drain filter.
- Use pliers to disconnect the end of the hose from the siphon or sewage pipe.
In machines with vertical loads, the hose is disconnected by temporarily removing the side panel; in models with horizontal load, variations are possible
Beko, Ariston, Samsung, Candy, LG, Indesit brand appliances allow to reach drain hose only through the bottom. Therefore, for convenience, it is better to put the machine on its side, pre-laying under it a piece of cloth. Loosen the clamp with pliers and disconnect the hose from the pump.
In “Electrolux” or “Zanussi” models, the hose is located along the rear wall. To access it you need to remove the back cover. After loosening the latches, you must first detach the drain hose from the housing, then unscrew the water supply hose from the valve. To completely remove the drain hose, you must remove the upper cover of the housing, unscrew the screws that hold it, and unfasten the clamp that fixes it.
In products by German manufacturers “AEG”, “Siemens”, “Bosch” one can access the drainage hose by removing the front part of the housing. The sequence of operations:
- Remove the sealing rubber from the front of the housing and remove the clamp.
- Remove lower housing panel and pull out the detergent drawer.
- After unscrewing the fixing bolts, remove the hatch door lock.
- Remove the front cover of the housing.
- After loosening the clamp, pull out the drain hose.
Cleaning the drain hose
Clean the drain hose by rinsing and treating the inner walls with a special cleaning brush. Masters use for this purpose not metal, but made of synthetic polymer kevlar rope.
The end of the sanitary cable is equipped with a small brush, with which it is easy to remove all contamination
To clean the inner walls of the pipe, a rope is inserted into the hose and pushed back and forth. Afterwards the hose is rinsed under running water. If necessary, the procedure is repeated 2-3 times.
The washed out hose can only be fixed in place by following all the steps described above, but in reverse order.
Cleaning the drain hose
In this situation you have two solutions: call a service center, call a technician or try to fix the problem yourself. The help of the master will have to wait for a long time, the washing will accumulate. To clean the hose of the washing machine yourself. not such a difficult task.
Clogging. the formation on one of the sections of the length of the drain hose, obstacles in the form of jammed debris.
Two types of clogs are encountered in the home:
Mechanical: small objects (from hooks to buttons and coins) fall into the filtration system.
Natural: tiny particles of clothing, lint, fluff, absorbent cotton, hair, in the hose gradually accumulate in the drainage system, leading to a clog.
Clogging blocks the drain device. As a result, the machine refuses to obey program commands.
Signs of a clogged drain tube
Program failure: lights on control panel start flashing frantically; speed of water drainage slows down sharply, at the same time machine hums heavily; touch panel goes out, the machine shuts down; electronics disables the washer when trying to drain water, go to “spin” or “rinse” mode.
To fix the problem with your own hands, you need to familiarize yourself with the design of the drain system of your model. To do this, carefully read the manual attached to the machine when purchasing. Study the mechanics of your appliances.
It is important to know that in some models (Ariston, Indesit, LG, Samsung) access to the drain hose is made through the bottom panel. Therefore, to access the mechanism, the unit is laid on its side.
Principle of operation of the drainage system in washing machines
The water before the final drain enters a special corrugated spigot (accumulator) connected to the cleaning filter. Filter “catches” the smallest particles of dirt, objects.
After passing through the filter, the water enters the impeller. Then the liquid leaves the washing machine. As a result of the pressure created by the rotation of the impeller, falls into the sewage drain through a flexible tube.
A clog can form on any part of the path.
Begin with the simplest steps
Unscrew the filter attached to the machine. In most models it is located in the bottom of the front panel. Check it for the presence of the got inside objects. If the filter is clean, then check the drain hose.
In this case, there are two options for fixing the problem:
If there is a suspicion that small fibers, hair, lint have accumulated in the drain hose, it is cleaned without disconnecting from the machine. The main task is to dissolve this accumulated debris. Special solutions, powders, tablets bought at a hardware store will help. Tell about the problem to the seller-consultant, he will quickly find the necessary remedy.
Some people prefer a trivial way. use baking soda or calcined soda.
The recipe is simple but effective:
- It is recommended to take 200 grams of soda powder. Pour it into the drum. The washing machine is put on washing mode (without laundry), set the temperature to 90 degrees.
- The heated water together with baking soda forms an alkaline solution. The high temperature of the solution instantly removes contaminants stuck inside the drain hose.
Washing Machine Water Drain Clogged
How to clean the drain hose with disassembly of the drainage system
Sometimes cleaning without disassembly does not give a positive result. To remove the clog, you will have to disassemble the drainage system. The work must be carried out in a certain sequence, observing the safety requirements:
- Before proceeding to disassembly, the machine must be disconnected from the electricity supply;
- shut off the water;
- Remove the drain hose;
- lay the product on its side, with a soft cloth underneath.
Several tools will be needed for the job:
Disassembly operation is performed in accordance with the technological process:
- The bottom panel is removed;
- the filter is released;
- With pliers the clamp is squeezed;
- Remove the hose from the pump;
- remove from the casing.
Help! If the machine is equipped with a vertical loader, the drain hose is removed from the side panel!
The disconnected pipe should be thoroughly cleaned. Before starting the operation, it must be carefully inspected. It is not allowed to have cracks, various mechanical damages and other defects. A washer tied to a sturdy fishing line should be inserted into the hose. By carrying out successive motions back and forth, first one side of the hose is cleaned, then the other. After the operation is complete, it is flushed with a strong jet of warm water.
Washing machine water drain problem
If it is not possible to get rid of the dirt immediately, the tube should be soaked in a solution of citric acid. Let it stand for two or three hours. Then rinse the hose thoroughly again. Reassembly work is carried out in reverse order.
After completing the assembly, it is necessary to perform a test wash without loading the laundry. To enhance the cleaning effect, you can add a little citric acid to the drum. Good cleans the surface antiscale.
The maximum temperature is set. Working in this mode, there will be a complete removal of existing scale.
Sanitizing the pump at home
Modern circulating pumps practically do not need maintenance, and if you need to repair a circulating pump for heating, it is better to entrust the case to professionals from the service center. However, in order to prevent equipment breakdown, you can take some measures that will help prevent such an unpleasant event.
How to restore the whiteness and freshness of the toilet bowl with folk remedies
If a visit to the toilet has become unpleasant because conspicuous stains and an unpleasant odor have appeared inside, try cleaning the toilet bowl with a scrubber. If you are not satisfied with the result, proceed to more serious methods of cleaning. Folk remedies are good for cleaning minor and stale deposits in private homes and apartments with plastic piping or a local sewer/sewer system.
With prolonged exposure, vinegar is able to dissolve hard hymen of urine stone and lime without damaging the surface of the toilet.
- Use a plunger to clean the sewer system and drain the toilet bowl.
- Dry the places that need to be treated.
- Moisten a napkin generously with vinegar and apply it to the plaque.
- After 6 hours wash the toilet and remove the rest of the deposits with a non-metallic scraper.
To enhance the effect you can use heated vinegar essence or a vinegar and soda solution (1 tbsp. 1 tbsp acid 1 tbsp water from the toilet bowl. л. baking soda). The mechanism of treatment is the same as with pure vinegar.
Folk remedies are no less effective: ½ packet of baking soda pour 1 tbsp. water (pre-drain the toilet bowl). After 15-20 minutes pour a kettle of boiling water into it, so that the dissolved clogs will go down the drain or into an outdoor cesspool.
If there is a problem, than to clean the dirty toilet bowl, use special or folk remedies. Do not use aggressive agents, such as hydrochloric acid and auto-electrolytes, as they are dangerous for the drainage system.
For complex household appliances, which includes a washing machine, preventive maintenance is necessary. Otherwise, active use will quickly put the machine out of order.
Therefore, we have prepared an article-directory on filter cleaning and the main problems faced by the owners of washing machines during cleaning.
Do not forget to take care of the machine
Pump cleaning can be avoided by taking proper care of the equipment. It’s the owner’s fault most of the junk ends up in the washer, so it’s best to rethink your washing routine. So, the following recommendations will help to avoid clogs:
- Use detergents labeled “for dispensers”;
- Strong stains to wash on your hands;
- Wash clothes with decorations in special bags;
- Arrange an inlet filtration system;
- regularly clean the trash filter.
If dogs and cats live in the house, it is recommended to clean the washing machine every month. In other cases, cleaning once every six months will suffice.