How to Check a Front Load Washer’s Drain Trap

December 3, 2020
Washer Repair

Is your washer having some problems draining properly? This is a common issues that can have a number of causes. However, before you start shopping for replacement drain motors or looking up appropriate standpipe adjustments, there is one super easy culprit you can check with very minimal disassembly – the drain trap.

Many front load washers have a drain trap that catches items like socks or coins before they reach the main drain. This helps limit complex clogs. However, if the drain trap itself is getting pretty full, it can cause drain issues in the washer too.

Not every washer has a drain trap. The good news is that models that do have a drain trap make checking the drain trap really easy for the average appliance owner. There is essentially a little trap door located on the body on the front of the washer. If you open this up, it allows you to check the drain trap. You may need to remove a screw to open it or simply pry it open. Regardless of which, you will likely need a screwdriver handy. Once the cover is removed, you will see a small plug that you can pull out. Be sure to have a bucket or towel underneath as there can be some water in there. If your washer is still full of slow draining water, the runoff could be substantial. Once the water is drained off, slide out the trap and remove the items. Finally, you will want to check if the washer drains better. If not, the clog could be deeper in.

Do you have a slow draining washer that a clean drain trap didn’t solve? We can help. Contact us today to see what Central Valley Appliance Repair can do to help you fix any appliance issue fast.


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