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How To Repair A Clog In Your Top Loading Washing Machine Yourself

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If you've recently washed a load of laundry, opened up your machine after the cycle ended and realized there was water still inside your machine, you may have a clogged hose or pump. Your pump may be broken as well. You can find the problem and make the repairs yourself using just a few tools and a little bit of time. See below for instructions on how to drain your top loading washing machine and unclog the machine yourself.

Tools Needed For The Job

  • Two  2 x 4 pieces of wood
  • Clamps
  • Multipurpose screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Nut driver
  • Bucket


  1. Unplug your washing machine from the wall and remove as much water as possible from the machine tub.
  2. Next, lift the front end of your washing machine up and place the 2 x 4 pieces of wood under the support legs to prop it up.
  3. Using your screwdriver, unscrew the front panel at the bottom of your washer. Once the panel is off, you should be able to see the pump.
  4. Your pump should have a see-through top on it. If there is a piece of clothing lodged in it, you should be able to see it clearly. If there is an article of clothing in it, use a clamp and clamp the hose. Then remove the hose from the pump and use your needle-nose pliers to remove the article of clothing. If it doesn't come out easily, you may need to twist the pulley on the underside of your washer to unwind the piece of clothing.
  5. If your clog was not in the pump, it could be in the hose. To check the hose, un-clamp the hose at the base of the tub and remove it. Look inside the piece of hose for the clog. If you see something in it, use your pliers to remove it.

You may have a broken pump if you do not find a clog anywhere. You can feel the inside of the impeller to check for broken fins. If you have a broken pump, you most likely have a water leak around your pump. If you have a broken pump, you can find a local appliance store to find your replacement pump and replace it yourself. You can also contact a local store, such as Superior Appliances & Repair, if you have any questions or concerns. If this is too much of a job for you though, it may be time to call in the professionals for this type of repair. A professional has the tools and know-how to replace your pump quickly and properly.