How to Fix a Drain Clean Out for a Leaking Washer

If you’ve noticed a small puddle of water at the front of your washer towards one of the corners, you will need to inspect the drain clean-out to see if it is the cause of your leak. The drain clean-out may be clogged by small items that were left in clothes. If there is no blockage, it is also possible that the seal/cover on the drain clean-out is loose. This repair guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to determine if the cause of your washer leaking is a clogged filter or loose seal

Once you have established the cause, you will be able to determine how to fix it. Often you can fix a clogged drain-out by removing it from the machine and running hot water through it until it’s clean. If it is loose, simply refasten it. However, if you need a replacement drain clean-out, we will show you how to remove the old drain clean-out and replace it with a new one.

What is a Drain Clean-Out?

The drain clean-out, also known as the pump filter or pump clean-out, is a filter used to catch lint and foreign objects from escaping and getting stuck in the drain hose. Over time, the filter can become clogged with these objects. A clogged filter will not function as it should and will likely cause your washer to leak. The drain clean-out also has a seal/cover that prevents water from escaping. If this seal is loose or damaged, water could leak from this area.

Where is the Drain Clean-Out Located?

You can find the drain clean-out behind the access panel in the bottom right or left of the front panel of your washer.

A 3D diagram showing the components of a washer and specifying the location of the drain clean out

How to Access, Remove, and Inspect the Drain Clean-Out in a Washing Machine

  1. To clean the filter out, you will need to open the access panel with a thin, flat object like a blade screwdriver or a popsicle stick.
  2. Once the door is opened, you should be able to see a round knob. Rotate this knob counterclockwise to release the filter. Make sure you have a few towels nearby as there will be some water present in the pump that connects to the clean-out.
  3. Once the water has drained out, you can remove the filter and rinse it.
  4. Once the filter is clean, reinsert it in the machine. First, ensure that the rubber O-ring on the drain filter is in the correct place and in good condition.
  5. Turn the drain filter in a clockwise direction until it is tightly secured.
  6. Close the access door and you are ready to use your washer.

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