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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Most washing machines have a pump filter to protect the pump from obstructions such as coins. The pump filter should be at the front of the washing machine at the bottom left or right. It should be obvious (a square or round flap) but sometimes the filter is hidden behind the front kickstrip panel. A good washing machine filter should have retractable pipe at the side so that you can drain the water into a bowl.
The best way to find out if your washing machine has a pump filter is to read the instruction book. However, you can carefully remove the kickstrip at the front of the washing machine (if fitted) to see if there is a hidden filter. Be careful because they are often flimsy and brittle and can break easily. The kickstrip usually clips into place with about 3 tabs but as I say, they are sometimes easily broken. I usually place a small flat-bladed screwdriver between the top of the kickstrip and the casing and then gently lever downwards whilst pulling forward.
Examples of washing machines that sometimes have a hidden filter are Indesit, Candy and Hoover. Most washing machines do not hide the pump filter. Hotpoint and Creda often have a pump filter hidden in the sump hose (leading to the pump from the tub), which is not meant to be customer accessible. This is a stupid place to put a pump filter because when it gets blocked, most people are forced to call out an engineer.
Taking the pump filter out
The filter should unscrew anti-clockwise. Some unscrew until they come out and some just unscrew a quarter of a turn or so and allow the filter to be pulled out. Make sure you have at least one large towel to catch water and don't take it out at all if the washing machine still has water in the drum (see next paragraph if it has).
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