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What to Do When The Washing Machine Won’t Drain

As the seasons change in Poughkeepsie, households all around are starting to pull out the bins of fall and winter clothing. It’s natural for such items to get a little musty after months in storage. However, as you start to run them through the washing machine, you might suddenly notice one small problem: the water isn’t draining away. Poughkeepsie homeowners generally deal with clogs in the house sooner or later, but washing machine clogs are a little different.

How to Handle Washing Machine Clogs

For starters, the water cycling in a washing machine is automatic, filling with a predetermined amount of water each time, unlike sinks or showers, which are operated manually. This means that minor clogs can be more difficult to identify, as the excess water is reabsorbed into your clothing before you open the door, leaving little evidence of the problem until it becomes serious.

If your clothes are significantly damper than usual or you’re able to see an actual pool of water in the unit after the cycle is complete, it’s likely that you have a clog on your hands. But in order to be sure, there are a few things you can check:

  1. Make sure the drainage hose isn’t bent or damaged. If this is the case, straightening or replacing the hose should fix the problem.
  2. Inspect the interior of the hose for any blockages. These can be removed with relative ease.
  3. If you’re comfortable doing so, inspect the machine for mechanical failure, such as a malfunctioning pump or damaged belt. Refer to the diagram provided by your manufacturer for further details.

When to Call for Backup

If you are unable to find anything wrong during the above steps, it’s likely that the issue is due to a clog in your drain. Fortunately, the team at D. Rohde Heating & Plumbing is ready to help. Contact us today for a free estimate.