Question about Kenmore 43142 Front Load Washer
Ok, I'm pretty proud of myself, although I am also very wet. My front loader didn't drain. Following the directions jsrock516 gave justvanessa, I unplugged, detached hose - at which time a ton of water came from the impeller hole - and used the shop vac to see if there was a clog in the drain tubing. It was clear. The impeller motor is quite hot. The drum turns, the water drained out of the impeller hole, so I stuck my finger in there to see if there was a clog, but it was sort of scary. Also, when the machine cycles to what appears to be the drain time, a motor makes a noise, sort of like a hum. It's not whiny and it's not grindy. I also unplugged the little wire bundle that goes to the impeller (for fun???). I don't know what to do next. Anybody?
WOW! Thank you so much for this information! All I had to do was remove the hose from the pump unit and the business end of a pocket screwdriver fell out! You saved me $$$ and for that I am very grateful!
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
Thanks to this information, I was able to discover the problem with my machine. I swapped out the drain pump from an old unit I had and discovered a bobby pin wrapped inside a bunch of lint/gunk causing the unit to fail. Thanks to your solutions I saved myself an expensive service call.
Posted on Aug 24, 2007
It sounds like you've done all the preliminaries, but now it appears you may have a bad drain pump. If the pump is only humming and water is not draining, the motor is probably bad. So...here's a few more questions to consider: 1. Is there water being left in the tub? Definitely a bad pump possibility. 2. When you had to pump open, were you able to spin the impeller? Sometimes small items like a piece of gravel can stop the impeller from turning. 3. Did you check the ENTIRE drain line all the way to the standpipe? You could have a pinched or clogged line still. If you've already tried everything, then I suggest purchasing a new drain pump. The prices vary depending on model, but they all are pretty simple to replace. Generally, there is one (maybe two) screws holding it in place. Disconnect the inlet and outlet drain hoses on the the pump, and remove the electrical connector. Make sure you have the washer unplugged when you do this. Also...to save you from a huge mess the next time, remove the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and use you shop vac to drain the water THROUGH the drain line. That way you don't have a soppy mess to clean up afterwards. Good luck and let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
Posted on Aug 21, 2007
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