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Washing machine won't drain - is it me?

We just moved to the UK from the States a couple weeks ago, and the washing machine controls are baffling. Within three days, I had broken the handle off the washer, not realizing it was still filled with water and that was why the door wouldn't open (despite the fact that it had apparently completed the washing cycle). Embarrassed, I called to have it repaired, and also to have the draining checked. The repairman said the draining was now working fine, and fixed the handle. However... we still can't get it to drain all the way, or in any event the indicator light does not go off. We've run the "drain programme" several times, tried putting the wash through the whole cycle more than once, but the light won't turn off and we've had the same batch of clothes trapped in there for over 48 hours. The washer is an Ocean Eco Spray 900, which is obsolete and very difficult to find documentation for. I've tried looking up materials on washers with similar controls (in case I just don't know what I'm doing), but none of these seem to give any indication of the problem. Any advice?

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I had a similar problem but with a Maytag. Sometimes the end of the drain hose needs to be moved up or down to create the right amount of siphon to remove all the water. We had 2 repairmen out to look at it - one replaced the timer and one replaced the drive train, to no avail. I got on the Internet and found this simple solution.

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4. Worn or loose belts: Are clothes still soaked at the end of a wash, even though the washing machine appears to go through the spin and drain cycles? The timer that controls the cycles may be broken. This is a job for the pros.

5. Faulty or jammed internal impeller on pump: When the spin cycle starts, do you hear a humming noise? The internal impeller that moves the water through the drain pump may be faulty or jammed. A grinding or grating sound is almost always an indication of a coin, button or other object colliding with the impeller. Have a washing machine repair expert determine if the impeller is jammed and can be cleared, or if the pump needs to be replaced.

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