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Washing Machine Not Draining

I need a washing machine opinion. It washes and rinses just fine. At the very end, when the rinse water is supposed to drain (and at this point the pointer on the dial has signaled OFF), nothing happens. Then we have to manually turn the dial to a spin/drain cycle, and then it empties and spins as it is supposed to.


Occasionally, when doing a heavy load that is composed of some towels and some light weight stuff, water remains in the bottom and it requires the additional spin/drain again - but this is because my daughter didn't do a load with like contents).

My question is the following: Is this an indication of something expensive gone wrong? Is it worth repairing? I can certainly live with it acting up, but should I expect something else to follow based on this non-performance? The machine has a Maytag label (but was not made by Maytag because they subcontracted out to a different company - this info is based on the opinion of the installer who indicated something about the location of the drain hose being on one side instead of being in the middle), approx. 10 years old, no warranty, the dial is manual, not push button electronic.


Holly from Richardson, TX


Washing Machine Not Draining

I'm guessing here, but maybe the timer is messing up. They have timers that control how long they stay on each cycle, and it sounds like maybe it is bypassing the last timer. But like I said, I'm guessing. (05/27/2007)

By trbrown22

Washing Machine Not Draining

I had the same thing happen on my 11 year old whirlpool. A handyman opened up the top where all the dials are and replaced a burnt out switch. $70. However, 6 months later, the washer died. I would suggest looking at the long-term money savings a new washer would give you. A $300 washer now costs 3 times in electric and water what a $1000 washer would cost (I purchased a front load and it spins so well, the clothes are practically dry when I put them in the dryer!). Good luck. (05/28/2007)

By cathy

Washing Machine Not Draining

You'll probably need to replace the timer, because you said, "we have to manually turn the dial to a spin/drain cycle, and then it empties and spins as it is supposed to".

If you would have said it wouldn't pump the water OUT, then it most likely would have been the Pump or even a crimped drain hose in the back.

About the "when doing a heavy load that is composed of some towels and some light weight stuff, water remains in the bottom and it requires the additional spin/drain again", first check to make sure your machine didn't move itself backward & pinch the drain tube.


Start by sending an e-mail to your manufacturer & stating the problem. If you can, buy the part & fix it yourself. It should be under $75 for the labor of the repairman plus parts. Type your part into e-bay to get an idea of prices. Before doing business, always check their e-bay rating.

If you choose to buy a new one, please give the old one away on Craig's List. If the appliance dealers pick it up for free, just make sure it won't end up in a land fill, but will be recycled instead. (05/30/2007)

By Cyinda

Washing Machine Not Draining

I too had the same problem with my brand new Sears front loader. It seemed to work okay at first. After 5 repair calls and switch changes etc just like the above posts a friend said, "the pump on it isn't strong enough to push it up your basement wall". It pushed it up a few feet but then gravity would allow it to refill part of what wasn't discharged. The towel thing was what alerted me to it too :-) So I cobbled up a system myself. I placed the discharge in a big plastic tub and placed my sump pump in it. THAT is what pushes it up the wall. The washer previous to that was from a garage sale (old) but it had the power to pump it out of my basement. Hope this helps.

Washing Machine Not Draining

I have a Maytag and that happened to me. Turned out it was a simple switch that wasn't working. It cost me about 75 to have it fixed including the service call. I think it would depend on how old the washer is and if you are willing to pay for a service call to see what the problem is, then see if you want to invest any money in it or get a new one. (05/31/2007)

By Mythi

Washing Machine Not Draining

Hi: From what I'm reading seems that I'm not the only one that has had a problem with the NEW Maytag front loader. On our 6th call. Have had 2 boards replaced, a pressure switch and a pump. Well, come to find out that when the pump was replaced the mechanic didn't flush the line 1st. After the 6th call they sent someone from Maytag to do the call and he did flush the line and found some change in it. Tells us not to worry, change is often found and that the mechanic didn't do the job completely. Also informed us that if anything else happens they'll replace the machine.

By lrp

Washing Machine Not Draining

We don't have a Maytag but we do have a GE. We just got it from a family member. It was in storage for a year. It fills up with water and spins but it will not drain the water. We are having such a hard time with it right now. All the lines are good and the pump works. There are no leaks, just can't figure out why the water is not draining. Can anyone help? (09/07/2008)

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