How To Empty And Clean Out Your Front Loading Washing Machine's Drain Filter

Have you ever wondered where everything that was in your pockets went when you put your clothing into the washing machine? Sometimes you may find some loose change in the drum of your front loading machine, but there may be some that has gotten into the drain and is stuck in your machine's drain filter. Didn't know your machine had a drain filter? You're probably not the only one. Your drain filter should be checked, cleaned and emptied often to help prevent issues with your washing machine. Issues such as the water not draining, smelly clothes, excessive vibration and longer cycle times. See below for instructions on how to empty and clean your machine's drain filter 

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Bucket (or shallow dish)
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Rags


First, you'll need to locate where your drain filter is located. Most front loading washing machine's have them, but they may not all be in the same exact location. Be sure to read through your manufacturer's instructions to figure out where the drain filter is located. Some machines have a noticeable panel on the front bottom of the machine that opens easily, such as with some Kenmore and LG models. Other machines such as Whirlpool models have a large panel at the bottom that needs to be removed with a screwdriver. 

  1. Open the access panel to find your drain filter. Set aside any screws so you can find them easily when putting your machine back together.
  2. Place a bucket or shallow dish below the drain filter to catch any excess water.
  3. If your model has a hose to drain the water, take the cap off of the hose and point the hose so it drains in the bucket or the shallow dish. Replace the hose and cap when it's done draining. If there isn't a hose, take the cap off of the drain filter. You may need pliers to open up the filter cap. Be ready for water to run out, so keep a few rags handy.
  4. Pull the cap off and inspect the filter. Pull out any large objects and lint with your hands. Look inside the drain to see if you see any other objects inside the drain. Pull out anything you can see.
  5. Rinse the filter under hot water to clean off any smaller lint and dirt particles.
  6. Replace the filter and cap. Then replace the access panel.
  7. Run a load of laundry on the regular cycle to ensure your machine is running properly.

Always be sure to empty your pockets before washing your clothing to help prevent any clogs in your drain filter. For more information, contact Lewis Appliance Service LLC or a similar company.

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