Question about LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer
How do you change the filter assembly
There is no filter to change. But there is a basket attached to the drain pump that needs cleaned frequently. The basket acts as a filter by catching coins, lent, bobby pins, etc. and preventing them from entering the pump. There is a small door at the bottom left of your machine. Use a blunt screwdriver or even a coin to pry the door hatch open. Once open you will see a large screw cap and a thin drain hose. Release the drain hose from it's anchor point, hold it over something to catch water and open it. When you are satisfied it has drained you will need to unscrew the drain pump cap. Careful there could still be water so prepare for that. Usually these will unscrew one full turn and a little more before remaining water starts to flow from them, let it finish draining (a shop vac with paper filter removed works great to catch remaining water) before completely opening. When cap is loose pull the basket straight out, it's probably full of a few treasures so don't just dump it in the trash. Also, watch out for poky sticking things when looking through it. After dumping it's contents rinse it under running water. If it smells of waste water and/or has blackish water see if it looks like it will pry apart (sorry not sure about yours.) If it will pry apart it should do so fairly easily but be careful of it's contents, not only is it stinky but it can leave permanent stains in clothing, curtains, etc. Rinse that out and pop back into place. Next shine a good light into the pump assembly itself and up it's hose. Stick a finger into the pump housing and see if the impeller feels straight and moves (it will naturally resist you) if it feels jambed try to unblock it. If the impeller feels bent it will need replaced (likely you'll have to buy the entire housing.) Once you are satisfied the pump should function and the drain hose leading to it is cleared you can put the basket back in.
I like to put a healthy glob of petroleum jelly on the threads and O'ring of the basket assembly before reinstalling. The basket part slides in open end up there is a notch in the cap that aligns with a groove in the housing then screw on till it stops (about three full turns.) Cap the drain hose reattach to it's anchor and close the hatch. Start the machine. Now would be a good time to run a cleaning cycle with recommended amount of bleach. Or whatever you prefer to use.
Here is your owner's manual if you don't have one:
It's got a troubleshooting section that may assist you in the future.
Hope this helps.
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