A step by step guide to fixing a clogged washing machine pump. This.
Washing machines, we love them and can’t live without them until they breakdown. They flood our lovely carpeted floor, damage our polished wooden floors and even worse for those who live in flats/apartments; washing machines can damage both your and your neighbour’s flat/apartment below. It is somewhat surprising that the number one cause of washing machine faults is actually one of the easiest to fix as long as you know how to. If you don’t and need to call someone to fix it then the cost can be as high as seventy two pounds (sixty for the labour plus V.A.T). The labour itself is usually a five minutes job, which you can do yourself.
How do you know if the pump is the problem? If you have ever called around for quotes after your washing machine suddenly broke down, you might have noticed that many will ask for the problem with it and inform you that first and for most the problem might be the pump. This is because the pump is the most common problem encountered by servicing men and washing machine repair agents.
Some of the tell tell sign of a clogged pump include: a) The washing machine inability to drain the water, which can result in the machine getting stuck on the ‘wash’ mode without spinning. b) The washing machine switching itself off half way through a washing round. This is particular common in the modern washing machine, which have an inbuilt “safe mode” allowing the machine to switch itself off when a fault occurs. There are many others but these are the common ones.
Once you have realized that the problem with your washing machine is the pump, what do you do next?
1) Safety is the most important thing when dealing or trying to fix anything; safety is also paramount in this procedure. This means that ensuring that the washing machine is switched off including switching off at the main switch.
2) Ensure that you have cloths hand to mop all the water that will gush out once you open the door. You will also need a basin or small bucket to collect further water from the pump itself. If your machine didn’t leak water out i.e., didn’t flood the area then put the cloths around the washing machine or at least at the front below the door.
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