The force of gravity helps to draw water out of the washer’s tub in a top-loading machine. Yet that force plays a minor role in the act of draining water from a front-loader. Hence, homemakers sometimes have to confront this problem: How to deal with a front loader that refuses to drain.

The first things to check

Inspect the drain hose. Has it become bent in any location? Has it become twisted? Is there an obstruction in some part of the hose’s line? Is the hose at least 8 feet from the floor?

If necessary get hold of a bucket, and put it under the drain hose, during the inspection process. Next turn your attention to the drain trap. It has been placed at the front of the machine. If there are any objects in that trap, remove them.

Finally, if the water has not drained out of the machine, consider one further possibility. Check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped; that could interfere with the draining system.

The above tasks are ones that any troubleshooter would complete automatically. Then that same troubleshooter would look to see if the water remained in the compartment with the wet garments and linens. If it did, the troubleshooter’s duties would have ended. It would be time to contact a professional repair technician.

The issues that the tech could expect to deal with

These would be the things that might disrupt the normal draining process. The first of those would be the washer’s pump. The water needs to be pumped out. If the pump stops working, that task does not get carried out. You need to call in the appliance repair service in Ajax.

A technician would know how to test the pump’s functionality. If it had broken, the tech could fix it or replace it. If the pump appeared to be working, then the tech’s attention would shift to a different component.

After studying the pump, the tech would be ready to look at the lid switch assembly. A defect in the lid switch assembly could disrupt the washer’s ability to drain out the water, so that the spin cycle could commence. The assembly contains a large number of small parts, any one of which could have caused the problem.

The question that might be asked at this point

At this point, if the situation had not been corrected, the technician could expect to hear one further question. Would it make sense to buy a new washing machine? Would the cost of any further repairs be greater than ½ the price of a new appliance? If the answer were “yes,” then the tech’s customer would know that he or she had better start searching for a new washing machine.