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How to clean my pump

I think their is dirt where the pump sends the water to machine

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First off, when install a washer it is best to use an inline filter, or a water filter in your home. There should never be debris in the water as it could be health hazard. Nevertheless, the only way to clean the pump out is to remove it from the washer and open it up. It has special pump seals than need to be replaced as the original seals dry out and cannot be reused or they will leak water. In many cases, it is better to get an After Market replacement pump tested and ready to go. Other than that, if you cannot do it yourself, have a technician do it for you.

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