How to Empty and Clean Out Your Washer’s Drain Pump Filter

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Do you have a front load clothes washing machine?  Have you every wondered what happens to that spare change you occasionally forget to take out of your pockets before washing your jeans?  If so, this is the tutorial for you.

Most front load washers have a drain pump filter which we should check and cleaning out regularly.  This is the place where all your pocket goodies end up if they are not in the barrel when a load finishes.  I clean out my drain pump filter monthly as advised by my washer manual.  To know where to start and find out if this is a tutorial you will need, first check your washer’s instruction/info manual.  If you do not have it handy, I recommend getting your washer’s model number and looking the manual up online.  Normally, your machine’s model number can be found on a sticker near the drum on the inside of the door of the machine.  You can see mine here:


Read your manual to know if your machine has such a filter and how to clean it.  I researched several manuals from several different manufacturers online and each had very similar instructions for emptying and cleaning the drain pump filter.  They also each had similar reasons that this upkeep is important.

Failure to clean the filter may cause:

Clothes to still be wet after the final spin of a wash

Excessive vibration

Longer than usual cycle times

Unusual pauses in the washing cycle

The washer door to remain locked with clothes inside for unknown reasons

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