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How to clean out drain hose

No water comes out of the lower drain plug hose...full of "gunk" The drain pump filter had money and water drains from it instead. How to dean out drain hose?

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  • gmjmom Mar 09, 2008

    I was told by the company that sold me my machine that I did not need to worry about the "door" on the front of my machine and that it is used when the machine needs to be serviced. I was happy that a few of my neighbors have this same machine (new models) and told me that they clean this hose out a few times a month or more. I have had my machine 4 years and this was the first time I tried to clean it out. Beware...if you have this machine I would recommend draining the hose and cleaning out the drain pump filter often especially if you are going on vacation. Also, use only the recommended amount of detergent and very little fabric softener diluted with water....to help prevent this "gunk" in your machine. These tips saved me from a service call.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    when we fill water and drain hose we put on the floor all water is coming out

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Water not draining out. Where to locate drain to clean

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Believe it or not...I think it is fixed. I used a coat hanger to try to take out as much "gunk" as I could from the drain plug hose. I added warm water and then vinegar to the hose with a medicine dropper to help loosen the "gunk" I also forced air with the medicine dropper and I could hear it in the tub from the pump. Then I knew it was free of "gunk." I ran 3 hot cycles 2 with 1/2 gallon each of vinegar and one plain water cycle. Between each cycle I emptied the drain plug hose and drain pump filter. After the three cycles the water came out clean and not muddy. I also took a spray bottle of hot water and sprayed the "gunk" from around the seal to release it and out of the washer. I alternated with the spray bottle of water and vinegar applied with a small paint brush. I also noticed this "gunk on the stainless steel tub as well. I used the paint brush and painted vinegar on that and sprayed down with the hot water. I then did a load of towels and this morning my washer does not smell and is clean as can be...no more "gunk." what is that stuff anyway? Too much soap or softener? Anyone else have this problem? I was told by the service tech a few years ago that I didn't need to open that door because that is where they service the machine from.....wrong....I was to empty that drain hose from time to time. That was the first time I opened that door and the machine is 4 years old....

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I was actually able to fix this problem by blowing out the drain hose with an air compressor. The drain hose was full of beach sand.

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