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Our Hotpoint WMA20 Washing machine is not draining, even though it appears to do a fast spin. The machine was installed several years ago and has previously worked normally. Is there likely to be a simple solution such as a blocked filter? I can't see any user-accessible filter to clean. What would you advise, please?

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Filter is tbe found by removing lower rear cover of washer, and removing the large black hose fastened to bottom of drum, remove and clean plastic filter inside the hose.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

Are your clothes coming out still wet which is why it appears that the spinning speed is too slow?
It COULD be that there is water still left in the washer which the drain pump/motor has been unable to remove. It's a common problem!

So I would gently suggest as a first step that you clean the drain motor/pump lint tray/filter. So many 'faults' are caused by blocked filters and many machines will not even go to rinse or spin or release the door lock if there is any water still left inside.
Following are my complete and hopefully 'coverall' pre-typed guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
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At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning.
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