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Won't drain how do you remove the front panel, to check the pump

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    Gary Davd May 11, 2010

    post the model # from the unit please

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Remove the lower kick panel under the door and you should see the drain pump located directly under the wash tub. There is a screw off cap that can be removed to access the clean out trap. It is strongly recommended that you drain all residual water from the wash tub BEFORE you remove the drain pump cap, or you will have about a gallon of water to clean up. The residual water can easily be removed with the use of a wet/dry shop vac. Just remove the drain hose from the standpipe and pull a vacuum through the line with the shop vac. This will save you time later in clean up. If you do not have a shop vac, grab some old towels and place them under and around the drain pump. This will help in controlling the amount of water spill.

PS This residual water is normal in washing machines and should not be considered a problem unless the water is visible in the tub. Residual water generally sits between the outer tub and wash basket in the drain lines. This is truw with top loaders as well. Most front loaders will start a brief drain cycle at the beginning of the wash cycle to get rid of this residual standing water to prevent stagnant water from getting on your clothes. Just thought you might like to know...

I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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We had same problem we took off the lower panel and cleaned out the drain pump. it was LOADED with quaters, dimes, nickles, pennies, screws, nails, drill bits pencils...you name it it was there.
all fixed now!!

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