Washing machines are one of the most widely used appliances in our homes, and like all appliances, they require proper maintenance to prolong their useful life. An important part of that maintenance is the cleaning of the washing machine drain filter, because if it is not cleaned regularly, it can cause problems in the operation of the washing machine. In this article we will explain how to clean the drain filter of a washing machine.
Importance of the drain filter
Before explaining how to clean the drain filter, it is important to understand the importance of this component. The drain filter helps to retain objects that the user may have forgotten to remove from the clothes before putting them in the washer. These items can damage the drum and other components of the washer if they are not removed before the wash cycle. Therefore, the drain filter is a critical component that must be cleaned regularly to ensure proper operation of the washer.
Location of the drain filter
The location of the drain filter varies depending on the washer model. On top-load models, the drain filter is located at the rear of the washer. On front-load models, the drain filter is located at the bottom of the front lid.
How to clean the drain filter
To clean the drain filter on a washing machine, follow these steps:
1. Turn off the water supply and disconnect the washer from electricity 2.
To be safe, the first thing you should do is turn off the water supply and disconnect the washer from the electricity. You may have to lift the equipment or move it out of place, so make sure you don’t fill the floor with water so you don’t get an electric shock while working.
2. Open the hatch and remove the cover
The hatch of the washing machine is usually secured with a latch and the lid is fastened securely. To open it, use a spade screwdriver or a round-tipped table knife to lift the lid. On some models, the lid opens easily by hand.
The bezel is held in place with hooks and can be removed in two ways: by moving it toward you or by moving it to the side, usually from right to left.
3. Drain the remaining water from the washing machine.
Place a rag under the washer or lift the body and replace it with a flat container to prevent the remaining water in the washer from spilling onto the floor. Use the emergency hose to drain the remaining water from the tank almost completely. Then, gently rotate the drain filter plug 45-60 degrees counterclockwise to completely drain the remaining water into a container or rag.
4. Unscrew and remove the filter
Once you have drained all remaining water, completely unscrew and remove the filter from the washer.
5. Clean and rinse the filter
Remove large debris, such as wool, threads and foreign objects, then use a dishwasher sponge to clean the surface of the filter plate. Rinse the filter thoroughly with warm running water and be sure to check the hole in the machine and clean it of any remaining debris.
It is not recommended to wash with very hot water, as the plastic may deform and the sealing rubber may lose elasticity.
6. Check the drain pump
It is important to check inside the drain pump to make sure there is no dirt. Shine a flashlight into the hole and remove any debris that has slipped into the pump. To check, turn the impeller and make sure nothing is impeding its rotation.
7. Put the filter in place
Put the filter in place evenly, without distortion and tightly, but carefully. Screw in the filter plug clockwise and, if present, screw in the fixing bolt.
8. Turn on the machine and check for leaks.
Turn on Once we have put the drain filter back in place, it is time to turn on the machine. We should check for any water leaks around the filter. To do this, we can run a test wash cycle and observe if there are any drips or spurts of water under the filter lid.
If everything is dry, we can close the hatch or put the lid in place. It is important to check for leaks, as this could indicate a more serious problem with the washer.
9. Reconnect the washer to the power and water supply.
Once you have ensured that there are no leaks, you can reconnect the washer to the power and water supply. Make sure they are fully connected and that there are no leaks in the water pipes.
10. Perform a test wash.
Before you start washing clothes, it is advisable to do a test wash to make sure the washer is working properly. Select a short wash program and observe the wash cycle to make sure everything is working properly.
In addition to the steps above, there are some additional tips you can follow to keep your washing machine in good condition:
- Clean your washing machine regularly, especially if you use fabric softener. Fabric softener can build up in the washer’s drum and other components, which can affect its performance.
- Use the right amount of detergent and fabric softener. Too much detergent or fabric softener can cause problems with the washer’s operation.
- Don’t overload the washer. Too many clothes in the washer can cause problems in the operation of the washer and may shorten the life of the washer.
- Make sure the laundry pockets are empty before putting clothes in the washer. Small objects can get caught in the washer and cause damage.
- If you notice any problems with the washer’s operation, such as unusual noises or water leaks, stop the washer and check the drain filter. It is possible that the drain filter is clogged and needs to be cleaned.
Regular cleaning of the drain filter is essential to keep the washer working properly and prolong its life. By following the steps described in this article and following some additional tips, you can keep your washing machine in good condition and avoid problems in its operation.