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Cleaned trap; but still won't drain...

I had the same problem many others described her...namely after about 18 mos. of use, the washer started to pause randomly during a cycle, sopping wet clothes, etc. I was RELIEVED to see the solution posted that helped so many....i.e. opening the front panel, cleaning out the drain trap and the tubing around it etc.....I did and there was a ton of gunk, coins, etc. Only now, when the washer during a cycle gets to the point where it should drain or spin, the little motor (or electrical component box) immediately to the right of where the trap joins/links to the drain hose clicks, hums gets VERY hot to the touch.....then clicks again as if it has overheated.....then the washer cycle "pauses" again right away and the door unlocks. Anything else to try? Does it sound like this electric gizmo is burnt out? I tried unplugging the machine overnight to see if that helped but no luck.....any help/ideas? Thanks!

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  • SoggyinCincy Apr 27, 2008

    Also, I checked the impeller on the motor/pump...it doesn't rotate very freely (only about 3/4 turn and only with some pressure). I checked this as best I could without removing the pump.....would it be possible for there to be any blockage that is only visible upon removing the pump? I don't see an easy way to remove this pump but will keep checking..........

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Surely your pump is clogged, which you should dismantle to check or replace.

A very important thing for all front loaders, all pockets should be checked before dumping in machine, small items should be placed in pillow case or special plastfc bag - so they don't slip into inner drum by accident, and clog pipes, etc.

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