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Cleaning the drain pump of my washine machine - I want to, but DS says Noooo!

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LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 18:55:18

I mean, how hard can it be? DS (14) says, Get the repairman out. But I've got the destruction book, and I want to have a go.

The machine won't drain or spin since washing a cheap red Asda throw which seems to have disintegrated inside the machine - it's likely bunged up the drain pump? (Thanks, Asda.)

Anyway, what can go wrong? ??!! smile

dexter73 Mon 17-Oct-11 19:35:51

I clear the drain pump of my machine about once a month. It's very easy. Make sure you have a bowl to put under the hole as water will come out (not loads!).

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 19:38:21

it is soooo easy to clean the draining pump. although prepare to get your feet wet if you dont have a tube on yours to drain into a bucket! grin

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 19:43:55

The hole is very close the the floor - I'll slide a tray underneath and apparently, accordingly the most boring book in the world (washing machine manual), there is small hose in there somewhere!

Will have bowl standing by! Thanks, Boooooooyhoo.

Hats off, dexter73 - please come and run by household....


LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 19:44:27

run my household

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 19:47:18

better to slide a folded towel under and have a few on standby to swap once that is saturated. my manual said a bit of water too but there was loads because the washing machine had filled up and then not drained and the door wouldn't open with water in it so you are talking a half a drum of water.

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 20:01:45

Okey-dokey - I'm going in............

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 20:23:00

OK the door opened and I've emptied the drum out via the Power Of Jug.

Emergency hose out leaking into bowl - v v slowly but steadily. Time for a wine, methinks, while I wait.


WelshLineOutATicFringe Mon 17-Oct-11 20:27:13

Was going to suggest taking photo of assembly before moving anything as a reference for reassembling. But too late!

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 20:32:10

ahh good you have a hose. makes the job so much easier. i have done this with and without!

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 20:34:18

Thanks, Welsh! To be honest, this seeping out of the hose is so slow I've still got time to paint a still life drawing.

If I were a plumber I'd already have charged myself £45. Plus call-out.

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 20:39:13

Damn. I can't unscrew the pump cover. The diagram clearly says anti-clockwise. It won't budge.

It's hard plastic. Would it be stupid to use pliars?

herbietea Mon 17-Oct-11 20:42:27

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LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 20:55:09

herbietea, I'm fairly sure that if I just just get the damn pump cover off I could at least clean out all the gunk.

I'm a strong lass, but I just can't budge the cover. It's a plastic 'dial' that you turn to the left. Apparently.

herbietea Mon 17-Oct-11 21:00:20

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Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 21:10:16

it's well clogged then if you cant turn the cover. (happened to me too and i had to just persevere with a lot of elbow grease) try pliars.

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 21:17:35

Tried the pliars. Seems to be stuck fast, and I don't want to break the plastic. I've googled DIY sites. Apparently if the cover won't turn, you have to go in up through the plate at the bottom of the machine.

<<Takes back, 'How hard can it be?'>>

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 21:27:20

yes that's probably the point at which i should have referred back to the manual. unfortunately i have inherited my dad's pride and continued with brute force (and very sore fingers) until it surrendered!! it wasn't the best day for my patience levels. grin

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 21:33:54

Boooooyhoo, I can do brute force .......

But maybe best left to the cold light of day, now! grin

Booooooyhoo Mon 17-Oct-11 21:37:47

yep, i think you're right. maybe it will have had a rethink by the morning and decided it's worth complying. grin

LiegeAndLief Mon 17-Oct-11 21:41:33

We had the same problem when attempting to get the drain pump cover off. Dh (who is not very mechanically minded) attacked it with a hammer, some pliers, and a lot of banging and swearing. Amazingly it worked.

I loved him very much as it was Boxing Day and I have two small and very messy children.

If you live anywhere near Oxford, I can recommend a very nice washing machine repair man...

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 21:45:13

Liege, I'm oop north, but thanks for the kind offer!

I do actually have a hammer and pliars.

And I do have A Man's details. I just wanted to do it myself!

How hard did your DH hit the damn thing??

LiegeAndLief Mon 17-Oct-11 21:51:54

By the sound of it, really quite hard. Wouldn't like to recommend this as an appropriate way to mend a washing machine though!

If you google "washing machine repair" (you might already have done), there is a great site which gives lots of advice about all sorts of washing machine problems. There might be a handy trick on there?

Ah it's here.

LineRunner Mon 17-Oct-11 22:37:28

Thanks, Liege.

Going-in-up-the-machine's-arse seems to be recommended.

Plumbing's a brutal occupation.

LineRunner Tue 18-Oct-11 19:16:34

Disaster. Finally wrenched the pump cover off, and cleaned out all the crap and reassembled.

Now the machine's leaking water all over the bloody floor.

I have cracked, and called Washing Machine Repair Man. He'll be here in the morning.

wine wine

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