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Universal Washer won't drain

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01 - Universal Washing Machine Control Board
Since a washing machine control board provides voltage to nearly all of the washer's electrical components, a faulty board may not be sending power to the drain pump during the drain cycle. You can inspect the board for signs of burning or a shorted-out component. You can also use a multimeter to test for incoming power to the drain pump after reviewing the appliance's wiring diagram. If no voltage is present when the washer is in the drain cycle, it's likely the control board is defective and w...ill need to be replaced.
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02 - Universal Washing Machine Drain Pump
Sometimes, small objects or articles of clothing can get caught in the drain pump. To determine if anything is blocking the drain pump, remove the drain pump and check the pump for obstructions. If the drain pump is clear of obstructions, but is still noisy during the drain cycle, replace the drain pump.
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Washing Machine Drain Pump
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03 - Drain hose is clogged or kinked
Check to see if the drain hose is kinked or crushed. If your washer "dances" during cycles, it may have moved and kinked the hose. The drain hose could be clogged with lint or hair. You can use a thin, long-handled brush to clean the hose.
04 - Universal Washing Machine Lid Switch Assembly
The lid switch assembly prevents the washer from spinning when the lid is open. If the lid switch assembly fails, the washer will not drain. To determine if the lid switch assembly is defective, use a multimeter to test each of the lid switches for continuity. If a lid switch does not have continuity, replace it.
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Washing Machine Lid Switch Assembly
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05 - Universal Washing Machine Water Pump Belt
Some older washing machines are equipped with a water pump belt. If the water pump belt is broken or worn out, the washer will not drain. Check the belt and replace it if it shows signs of excessive wear.
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Washing Machine Water Pump Belt
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06 - Clogged Pump or Hose
Foreign objects such as lint, coins, or safety pins may be in the pump. Most front-load washers have a clean-out to keep items from getting to the pump impeller. Check the clean-out if applicable.

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