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03 December 2017

Washing Machine filled with water

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth

How Do you get Trapped laundry out of a washing machine

Whatever you do - Don't ever use physical force!
Two things will happen if the door are force-opened
  1.  You are going to break the interlock door switch(safety switch) - Expensive mistake!
  2.  Secondly you are going to flood the floor when the water comes gushing out.
The Door-safety-switch will not open while the washing machines inner-drum is still filled with water.

There are several reason why water gets trapped inside a washing machine;
  • Kink or bend in outlet hose
  • Drain-Filter is blocked
  • Drain pump has failed
 But let me answer the important question first

 " How do I get my trapped laundry out of the washing machine?"

You know now that the washing machine door has a interlock switch (safety switch)behind the front panel that prevents the door from accidentally opening during a washing cycle. 

This switch is there because you do not want little children to opening it during a high speed spinning cycle or while it is still filled with water. So the big thing here is to get the water out

This brings me to the Next BIG question. . .

"How do I drain the water in the Washing Machine" 

  1. Line up two buckets or water containers on the floor
  2. Unhook the Washing Machines drain hose from the wall outlet
  3. Drop  the washing machines drain-hose into the first bucket
  4. Let it fill 3/4 with water and move the outlet hose to the second container
  5. will the second containers is filling with water empty the first containers water
  6. Keep rotating the container till all the water is drain from the washing machine
  7. Once all the water is drained out of the washing machine the interlock-switch will release
  8. Washing Machine Door should open like normal to release the laundry

Heads up! Some washing machine has a little drain hose hidden in the front cover, all you have to do is just open it. Let the water drain-out into the rotating bucket system.

If you lucky and the washing machine is standing close to a outside door - just drop the outlet hose and let the laundry-water run out.

Draining the laundry water with the bucket-system will tell you two thing

  • If the water are draining slowly out of the washing machine, there must be a blockage somewhere in the draining system
  • When the water are draining freely - it means no blockage in pipes and there must be a gremlins in the Electric-water-pump.
WHY does Electric water-pump fail

A water-pump normally goes on the blink when something ( hairpins, money) get lodge in the pump impeller - preventing it from turning. By the time you realize the washing machine is not drain, the water-pump has overheated and burned-out.

Most of the time you cannot even see the that the water-pump got damage and when you touch or move the pump impeller it works fine again for a short-time. Just when you really need to get important laundry done it will go on the blink again.

So just the right thing replace the old pump with a new water-pump.

Happy washing!
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