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First : open panel (front or back ) to access inside of washer . second : follow the drain hose thats connected to a little motor ( drain pump ) . take it out and check for any debri that could be blocking the impellers .

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The pump housing could be clogged with food. You can sometimes Access the strainer from inside the dishwasher. If that looks ok you will need to look at pump below by removing the hose clamps and checking the pump intake. If all that looks good you could have a bad solenoid or pump.

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I have a model 417 Kenmore front load washer which stopped running and shows a E 20 error message in the window. What does that mean and how can I get it operating again?

E20 error code means that the control does not see it draining water out.
When you start the washer, you should hear the drain pump running or at least making a humming noise.

A service technician would:
- Check the drain hose for restrictions
- Start the washer and listen for the drain pump operating.
- If the drain pump is not operating, a technician would then check the voltage supply to the drain motor.

The technician would remove the lower access panel by removing the screws located along the bottom of the panel to access the drain pump assembly.

If you take off your lower front access panel click this link and check item number "18": Parts_Diagram

You will see the pump inside the bottom of it, with the 2 black rubber hoses attached to it. Here is the pump sample: drain-pump-assembly Try to look this part with the correct model number of your device.

Hope this helps.

Aug 16, 2011 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Spinning very noisy.

Hi avenick05,

The noise you are hearing might be the Drain pump catching on a foreign object.

Please look at my Tip below on how to clean the Drain Pump Filter:


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Jul 27, 2011 | Maytag MAH55FLB Front Load Washer

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The grey drain hose split, anyone know how to replace this? Is it attached to the drain pump in the front? Also discovered that black drain tube is clogged at the front filter. This tube seems to be...

the drain hose is indeed attached to the pump area... sounds like you may be on well water if it is breaking the hose down that bad... if not that is unusual to have hoses break down like that... its not hard to replace the hose as they just have hose clamps on them ,but yes you do have to tear apart unit to get down to drain pump assembly... some of the units have a front kick plate you can remove to get to them and some you actually go into from the rear... i didn't look this model up but we work on all appliances and normally there is a way to access the drain pump.... some units front loaders you can actually tilt up and the bottom plate will remove to gain access to it also... just going to have to look around and make access the easiest way for you... once your in though it is a simple task to replace hose...

Jan 01, 2011 | LG WM1814CW Front Load Washer

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My washer wouldn't drain or spin. It just humms

if the only problem you have is that its not draining, your pump may be clogged. not a hard repair if your unit has a lower access panel in the frt remove then you will see pump. take off hoses and look inside of the pump and the boot, that would be the blk thing with ribbs in it that hooks up to the pump, they call it a coin trasp, you would be amased at what we pull out of those pumps.bye the picture it looks like its a frg , frg makes 2 models older styles have the access panel newer ones dont. if no access panel in frt then you need to get in from back if not then it would be a major repair to fix .

Sep 23, 2009 | Tecnik TKL9260 Front Load Washer

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E20 Error - how do I access the inside to check for blocks?

Plug off the mains. First drain out all your water by lowering the exit hose into a bucket or drain. You have to look for screws below the front kick-panel, the panel comes down & out. (You may find the drain hose here, on left) The pump is on the right side. Be prepared for dirty water. Inside the big flexible tube (coming from the tub bottom) is the filter, be prepared to find all sorts of junk here, clean out. Examine your pump also, clean out the impeller. Carefully refit all. Your machine would be fine. Don’t wait for the machine to jam to look into your filter.

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Cleaning filter of bosch washing machine

If you experience a problem where the washer does not drain properly or the drain pump makes excessive noise, here's the information you need to check the drain pump:


1. Unplug the washer while servicing inside the unit.
2. Remove the lower kick panel under the door by removing the three 7mm screws under the bottom edge of the panel. HINT: Use a couple of blocks of wood to prop up the front feet of the washer to gain better access to the screws. Once the screws are removed the panel should drop down, and then pull off. If the panel becomes stuck, a slight tap on either side will dislodge it.
3. Locate the drain pump. It will be located directly under the wash tub (it is the only pump this washer has).
4. There is an access removal cover on the pump that can be removed to clean out the trap. BEFORE doing this, it is strongly recommended that you remove all residual water from the wash tub & drain line or you will have about a gallon or so inside your washer and on the floor to clean up.
5. Here's a helpful way of quickly removing the residual water. If you own a wet/dry shop vac, remove the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum with the shop vac. This will empty the wash tub, pump and drain lines. If you don't own a shop vac, grab a bunch of old towels and open the access on the pump slowly so that it comes out at a trickle. Allow the towels to soak up the majority of the water. Close the access and stop the water if you need to get additional towels.
6. Open the pump access and remove once you have all the water drained. Check the drain pump for foreign objects and debris. Check the pump impeller and make sure there's nothing caught in it. Items as small as toothpicks or cotton swabs have been known to stop this pump from working.
7. Clean out the pump thoroughly and reinstall the access cover. Make sure the cover is snug, but do not over tighten.
8. Place the drain hose back in the standpipe (IMPORTANT - DO NOT FORGET!).
9. With the bottom panel still off, plug the washer back in and select the following on the operator console - DRAIN SPIN, NO SPIN, and then press any button under OPTIONS 4 times (it must be the same button). "C00" will show on the console display as the washer begins diagnostics mode.
10. Check the drain pump for leaks as the washer fills. The pump is gravity filled and will hold water even it is not pumping. Allow washer to run through diagnostics until it begins the wash tub tumble cycle.
11. At this point, you can stop the diagnostics procedure by pressing PAUSE/CANCEL 2 times. The drain pump energizes and the washer will begin to drain.
12. If the drain pump works normal and there are no leaks detected, reinstall the bottom panel and tighten screws.

NOTE: It is normal to have residual water left inside the wash tub under the wash basket. This is why it is important to leave the door ajar when not in use so this water does not become sour.

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Water not pumping out in the spin cycle anymore

Check the drain pump and drain hoses. The drain pump is located in front of the motor. To access it, remove the end caps from the console. Remove the 2 screw holding the console to the cabinet. Pull the bottom of the console toward you slightly and flip the console up. Unplug the lid switch molex connector. Inserting a flat screwdriver from the top and pushing back, remove the brass clips on each side. Open the lid. Holding the inside of the cabinet, tilt it toward you and remove it from the base. This will give you access to everything including the drain pump and the drain hoses. Try to remove as much water as possible from the inside since it will all come out when you remove the drain hoses from the pump (hopefully you are near a drain in the floor). Remove the hose clamps and check the hoses and pump for any obstructions. Chances are, you will find a missing sock.
If it all looks clear, remove the drain pump from the motor and inspect where the pump connects to the motor for a broken connection slot. Replace the drain pump if necessary.
Good luck!

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Frigidaire Front loader won't pump out water

If the machine doesn't drain the place to look is the drain pump. there is probably coins or some other blockage in the pump (very common). If this unit doesen't drain it will not spin. The pump is difficult to get to if there is no front access panel call local authorized tech to solve problem. good luck

Dec 22, 2008 | Frigidaire ATF6000ES Front Load Washer

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Won't drain

To access the pump, first bail and sponge out any water in the machine's tub. Then tip the machine over on its front, using a heavy blanket or pad to protect the washer's finish. Remove the back service panel. The pump is attached to the motor. Look if the pump's impeller (a round plastic fan blade-type of device) spins around. In case it doesn't spin, look if it doesn't blocked or stuck from any other reason. Good luck!

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