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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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2: There is a blockage somewhere after the pump, either inside the drain hose or in the connection that the water discharges in to under the sink -
A button of a specific size could be small enough to get past the pump and into the drain hose, but be too large to pass through the drain hose or through the plastic spout on the u-bend that the drain hose may be connected to ( see picture of a typical u-bend sink adapter for plumbing a washing machine into ).This could completely stop water from being pumped out, or it could even manifest as an intermittent fault. I've seen several cases where a button is jammed halfway up inside a drain hose or in the opening of the plastic spout of the u-bend connection but it spins round and acts like a butterfly valve. When swiveled round one way water can get past, but then the water flow can swivel it round again so that it stops the water flow. To check for this you'd need to disconnect the drain hose from the u-bend and examine the end of the drain hose and inside the spout itself to check for blockages.
If necessary, the drain hose can also be taken off the machine to see if you can detect any obstruction. I've managed to clear some large obstructions by shoving the end of the drain hose onto the cold tap at the sink and turning on the water. Be careful though, you can easily end up spraying water everywhere. I use a large dishcloth over the hose and hold on tight. If there's no blockage though or it's something that's swiveled round and not closing off the flow you shouldn't feel much pressure.
3: The pump itself is faulty -
If the impeller is broken it could be spinning on the shaft. In other words although the pump rotor is spinning it is not turning the impeller that forces the water out or due to slippage on the shaft it is not turning fast enough. The pump could sound like it's running but in fact it is not revolving at speed inside, however, I would expect it to sound different to normal.
It's even possible for the pump to be oscillating instead of revolving because of a fault causing it not to spin properly. You would have to use your imagination to find out if either of these are the case. It's relatively rare.
4: Finally - Watch out if your problem has only occurred after connecting the washing machine to new plumbing after moving house or after someone has put new plumbing in your current house and after connecting the washing machine it will not drain when it did before - Watch out for the blanking piece in new plumbing installations - particularly at new houses
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