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How To Clean Pump Filter On A Front Load Washer – Drain Pump Cleanout

Do you have a front load clothes washing machine? Have you every wondered what happens to that spare change you occasionally forget to take out of your pockets before washing your pants?

Over time small items in your washer will fall down into the drain system and get trapped in the filter. This filter is a part of your front load washer so small items like lint, screws, dog hair, coins, and keys do not find a way into the drain pump filter ( aka - the coin trap ).

The filter on a front loading washing machine is located on the front of the machine on the bottom and the right side or left side. The filter needs to be cleaned and maintained. Cleaning it on a regular basis will avoid any future problems with your washer having draining or running issues.

To open and clean your front load washer drain pump filter:

1 – Locate and open the small access door using a flat screwdriver or coin.

2 – Get a small bowl and towel and put under the door.

3 – Turn the filter counter clockwise to remove it. ( might need a pair of pliers to help to turn the filter )

4 – Let all the water drain out into the bowl or towel.

5 – Clean out any link, dog hair, or other gunk in or around the filter.

6 – Run the filter under hot water in your sink to clean it off.

7 – Clean where the filter slides into with a warm rag or dishcloth.

8 – Reinstall the filter and turn clockwise to lock it in place.

9 – Close the small access door.



Many newer front load machines no longer have an access panel which means you have to take the machine apart for regular maintenance. Very bad idea and quite disappointing!!

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