A washing machine that doesn't drain can be very inconvenient. Not only can it cause your clothes to develop mold, but it can throw a monkey wrench in your day. LG washers are some of the best washers on the market. However, it doesn't mean that they aren't susceptible to malfunctions, just like any other brand. One common malfunction is when the washer doesn't drain. How do you fix this? And what causes it? We've looked into this issue, and in this post, we will discuss the answer to these questions.
Here are common reasons that may cause your LG washer to stop draining
- Clogged Drain Pump or Hose
- Using The Wrong Detergent
- An Unbalanced Washload
- A Broken Door Lock & Switch Assembly
- Defective Lid Switch Assembly
- Dirty Coin Trap
- Door Lock Feature Is Broken
- A Worn Water Pump Belt
- A Bent or Twisted Drain Hose
Often, if your LG washer is not draining, you can fix or repair the issue yourself. Especially if it's just a simple replacement. You may also need to contact a qualified technician to sort the problem and get your washer back up and draining again. Continue reading to learn more about issues surrounding washer drainage and how they can be fixed.
Reasons Why Your LG Washer Won't Drain
Clogged Drain Pump or Hose
A clogged drain pump will keep your washer from draining. Not only can it stop the draining process, but it can also cause it to overflow. Clothing items such as socks, underwear, or even small towels can be sucked into the drain hose, causing it to clog up. What has happens the washing machine will not drain until the blockage is cleared.
To determine if your drain hose has a blockage, turn off the washer and disconnect the hose to check it for clogs. You'll also want to check the drain pump and make sure that it is free of blockages. You can usually find the drain pump on most LG washers at the bottom front of the washer behind the water pump. If you aren't sure where to locate it, check your user's manual.
Using The Wrong Detergent
It's always best to use the right detergent for your washer, no matter what brand you have. If your LG washer is a high-efficiency unit, make sure to use high-efficiency detergent. If the detergent is not high-efficiency, it may create too many suds for the washing machine, creating drainage difficulties.
An Unbalanced Washload
A fairly common reason why LG washers may fail drain is an unbalanced load. When washing a heavy item or a large load, be sure to place it evenly around the washer's drum. If the load settles to one side of the drum, it can cause the drum to become unbalanced, resulting in the cycle stopping during the spin.
If you noticed that this occurs in the middle of your cycle, reset the load and then reset the washing machine once it is balanced. It may also be helpful to remove some of the clothing items from the load and wash them in another load.
A Broken Door Lock & Switch Assembly
Another common reason why an LG washing machine stopped spinning is due to a broken switch assembly or door lock. You will see an error code flashing on your washer if this is the issue. These mechanisms have sensors when the door is open and closed, and they will signal the washer before it begins the cycle.
When the switch is faulty, or the lock is broken, the machine will not receive the signal to start the cycle, and as a result, will not spin. It can also stop mid-cycle before it can drain.
Defective Lid Switch Assembly
A broken switch assembly can also stop your LG washer from draining. This is an essential component of the washer, as it prevents it from starting and spinning when the lid is open. You can get a Multimeter to test the switch assembly for continuity. If the switch assembly doesn't have continuity, you can replace it yourself or contact a technician to replace it for you.
Dirty Coin Trap
Coin traps keep foreign objects from entering the drain of your LG washer. These traps should be cleaned and checked every couple of weeks for debris and grime. If too much debris builds up in the coin trap, it will become clogged, and the washer won't drain well.
This is a simple fix, as you only need to remove the coin trap and physically remove the debris from it. You can also rinse it under warm water if the debris has hardened.
Door Lock Feature Is Broken
An LG dryer's door lock feature works to keep the washer from functioning while the door is open. However, this feature can become faulty over time and with frequent use. To determine if the door lock feature is causing the issue with your washer's drainage, check the strike assembly for damaged. If it is worn or appears broken, you'll need to replace it. Unfortunately, this property is not repairable.
A Worn Water Pump Belt
Some older LG washing machines may have a water pump belt install behind the drum. When the belt becomes worn or loose, the washer will not drain, and in some cases, it won't spin either. You can remove the drum and check the belt to determine whether it is good or not. If it is broken or loose, you can buy a new belt for under $20.
A Bent or Twisted Drain Hose
This is one of the most common problems is not only in LG washers but in other brands as well. The good thing is that it's a relatively easy and quick fix. If your drain hose is bent or twisted, it will not drain water from the washer properly. Inspect the drain hole and if there are large twists in it, straighten them out using your hands.
If there are any obstructions inside the drain hose, be sure to clear them. You can use a straightened metal clothes hanger to do this, or you can disconnect the hose entirely and run it under the tub faucet in your bathroom.
How do you force an LG washer to drain?
If you need to drain your LG washer manually, you can do this by following the pillow instructions:
Press the On/Off button and turn the washing machine off. Next, remove the power cord from the electrical outlet. Find the service panel located on the bottom left corner of the washer, and open it up. Next, find the washer's drain hose and remove the stopper from it. When you remove the stopper, all of the water should drain from the washer.
Why is the washing still wet after spinning?
There are a few reasons why your washer may leave your clothes wet after the spin cycle. Let's look at the most common ones.
Oversudsing is when you put too much washing detergent in the washer. This will cause the washer to overflow with suds and bubbles, and in turn, may cause it to stop spending at some point. If the washer stops spinning, it will leave your clothes a sudsy wet mess. You may also hear this issue referred to as "suds lock." To prevent this, always follow the recommended amount of detergent to use, listed on the detergent label. Also, if you have a high-efficiency machine, make sure that you were also using efficiency soap, as using the wrong kind can cause extra suds as well.
A Bad Control Panel
A faulty control panel can also cause your washer to stop spinning during the rinse cycle. The issue could be with the control panel itself or with the hardware that operates the control panel. If it is a sensory issue, you can troubleshoot it using the user's manual instructions. If the control panel itself is faulty, you'll likely need to replace it with a new panel. Unless you have advanced appliance knowledge, it's best to have a repair technician do this for you.
Loose Water Inlet Valve
It's also possible that the washing machine is experiencing an internal leak that's causing your clothes to remain wet after the cycle. If water is dripping onto your clothes from the washer, it's likely to come from the water inlet valve. This valve determines where the water flows inside the washer and is connected to the water valves on your wall. When the inlet valve is loose, water can drip into the washer drum. You can either replace or tighten the valve to remedy this issue.
Who repairs a washing machine, plumber, or electrician?
Sometimes it can be challenging to determine whether to call a plumber or an electrician if your washing machine experiences issues. If the problem is with the appliance itself, you'll likely need an appliance technician or electrician to fix it. However, if the issue relates to the plumbing that supplies and surrounds your washing machine, you'll need to contact a plumber. An excellent example of this will be if your washer is causing your septic tank to become backed up.
How long is LG appliance warranty?
LG offers 12-month warranties on their appliances. You'll need to provide valid proof of purchase for the product before extending any warranty service.
How long does an LG washing machine last?
Consumers and home appliance experts state that LG washers tend to last around eight to 10 years.
Wrapping Things Up
We hope that this post has helped you find valuable information on troubleshooting an LG washer if it stops draining.
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