If dur­ing the wash­ing of clothes the machine breaks down and the process stops, you must first turn off the machine from the elec­tric­i­ty by pulling the plug out of the sock­et, and then turn off the water sup­ply tap. To care­ful­ly drain the water from the tank, there are 5 reli­able ways. You can use the ded­i­cat­ed emer­gency hose, the main drain hose, or man­u­al­ly drain the water through the wash­ing tub hatch. Also, a drain fil­ter and a drain pipe are suit­able for remov­ing water.

Drain hose

The sim­plest method allows you to drain the water the fastest. Pro­ce­dure:

  1. Turn off the pow­er, turn off the water sup­ply.
  2. Dis­con­nect the drain hose from the rear pan­el.
  3. Pull the out­let out of the sew­er pipe.
  4. Place the end of the hose in a con­tain­er (bowl or basin) below the lev­el of the wash­ing tub. The capac­i­ty is low, it is dif­fi­cult to drain into a buck­et by this method.

If the wash­ing machine does not drain the water in this way, then it is pro­vid­ed with pro­tec­tion against leak­age from the sew­er hose. Inside the body, man­u­fac­tur­ers make an addi­tion­al loop with a drain hose or install a plas­tic elbow, so the drain hose is always above the lev­el of the tank. Most often found in Bosch and Siemens wash­ing machines.

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emergency hose

Designed specif­i­cal­ly for drain­ing water in the event of a break­down. Usu­al­ly locat­ed in a spe­cial hatch at the bot­tom of the front pan­el and closed with a small door, there is also a drain fil­ter. In some cas­es, the drain mech­a­nism is imple­ment­ed as a retractable plas­tic chan­nel. If you don’t see a sun­roof on the front, it’s locat­ed under the plas­tic trim pan­el at the very bot­tom. This design is found in Inde­sit wash­ing machines.

Drain order:

  1. Open the hatch door, remove a thin emer­gency hose from the niche.
  2. Sub­sti­tute a flat, wide con­tain­er of a suit­able height under the hatch. Remove the plug from the hose, place the out­let in the con­tain­er.
  3. Con­trol the process so that the water does not spill.


all pro­ce­dures for drain­ing water are car­ried out only after dis­con­nect­ing the wash­ing machine from the elec­tri­cal net­work and water sup­ply!

Dis­ad­van­tages of the method:

  • Long drain process — up to 30 min­utes;
  • The emer­gency hose is often clogged with scale or oth­er debris, so the water will not drain;
  • Some mod­els do not have an emer­gency hose.


To speed up the process, tilt the machine against the wall, open the hatch of the drum, scoop out some of the water by hand. The remain­ing water is drained through the emer­gency hose.

Drain filter

It is locat­ed togeth­er with the emer­gency hose, which we wrote about above. Designed specif­i­cal­ly to pro­tect the pump from debris, small items, lint from cloth­ing. Clean­ing the drain fil­ter is the sim­plest and most com­mon solu­tion to a prob­lem.


  1. Open the man­hole cov­er at the bot­tom. Some­times the hatch door can be cov­ered with a nar­row dec­o­ra­tive pan­el on the bot­tom of the wash­ing machine.
  2. Tilt the hous­ing towards the rear pan­el so that a low basin can be installed under the fil­ter to col­lect water. For con­ve­nience, you can lean the wash­er against the wall. With a large incli­na­tion, the rear legs may begin to slide on the tile, be care­ful.
  3. Turn the drain fil­ter clock­wise by the han­dle. To adjust the pres­sure of the drained water, it is not nec­es­sary to unscrew it to the end.
  4. Keep the machine tilt­ed until the water stops flow­ing into the con­tain­er. At the end of the drain, you will have to return the device to its nor­mal posi­tion, and then col­lect the remain­ing water man­u­al­ly.


Pre­pare in advance, spread rags or tow­els, this will make clean­ing up after drain­ing the water eas­i­er.

Drain water by hand

The most obvi­ous and eas­i­est way to drain water is to man­u­al­ly scoop it out of the wash­ing machine through the drum hatch.

Dis­ad­van­tages of the method:

  • You won’t be able to drain all the water. As a result, the remain­ing water will have to be drained using a drain fil­ter or an emer­gency hose.
  • Long and not com­fort­able. Espe­cial­ly when com­pared with the first method.
  • Sequenc­ing:
  1. Open the wash­ing tub door. A car with a front sun­roof will have to be tilt­ed towards the rear wall so that water does not spill onto the floor. This is not required for ver­ti­cal load­ing.
  2. After tak­ing out the laun­dry, scoop out the remain­ing liq­uid with a ladle or mug.
  3. Return the car to its nor­mal posi­tion. Part of the water will remain in the hose sys­tem below the tank.


Mod­ern machines are equipped with a door lock with a timer and open 5 to 10 min­utes after being turned off. If the hatch is jammed, spe­cial meth­ods of emer­gency unlock­ing are used.

Drain pipe

This method is used to remove water and repair a mal­func­tion. If, when unscrew­ing the drain fil­ter and clean­ing it, no water flows out, there is a block­age inside the drain pipe. This cor­ru­gat­ed thick hose can be found inde­pen­dent­ly accord­ing to the dia­gram from the instruc­tions for your wash­ing machine. Most often locat­ed at the bot­tom of the back of the wash­ing machine.

Steps to clear block­age:

  1. Remove the back pan­el, fixed with 4 screws.
  2. Place a water con­tain­er on the floor under the noz­zle or cov­er the floor with tow­els. Depend­ing on the loca­tion of the noz­zle and pump, the machine will have to be tilt­ed or even put on its side. There­fore, act accord­ing to the cir­cum­stances, it may make sense to first drain the water in a dif­fer­ent way, and then pro­ceed to clear the block­age.
  3. Dis­con­nect the pipe from the pump by care­ful­ly remov­ing the clamp (snail).
  4. If the liq­uid does not go away, you will have to clean the block­age forcibly. This can be done with your fin­gers, a pen­cil, a screw­driv­er, or with a soft wire hook.
  5. Did not help? There is anoth­er option, unscrew the pipe from the tank and ful­ly clean it.
  6. After clean­ing and drain­ing the water, return all parts of the mech­a­nism to their place and secure­ly fas­ten them. Check tight­ness. Con­nect the device to the mains, open the water sup­ply tap from the water sup­ply.
  7. Close back pan­el.

Hav­ing done a sim­ple repair, most like­ly the prob­lem has been fixed. Run a test wash with­out laun­dry and check the drain.

6 Common Problems Why Your Washing Machine Won’t Drain

If the device does not drain or con­tin­ues to give an error, you need to deter­mine the nature of the prob­lem. Dis­tur­bances in the oper­a­tion of the drain mech­a­nism occur for 6 rea­sons, which we have ranked by pop­u­lar­i­ty, in descend­ing order:

Most of the prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with stop­ping the machine and break­ing its mech­a­nisms can be pre­vent­ed by fol­low­ing sim­ple rules of oper­a­tion. You need to care­ful­ly check the con­tents of the pock­ets of clothes before send­ing them to the wash­ing tub. Small items: pins, paper clips, coins can cause clog­ging. Sand, dust, crumbs that enter the tank along with the laun­dry also often cre­ate prob­lems. Fab­rics that can leave a large amount of lint and fibers should prefer­ably be washed in spe­cial fine mesh bags.

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