How to Drain Water From LG Automatic Washing Machine

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How to Drain Water From LG Automatic Washing Machine
How to Drain Water From LG Automatic Washing Machine

How to Drain Water From LG Automatic Washing Machine

1. Unplug your machine.

2. Open the door to your washing machine and place a container on the door handle. If the container is smaller than the opening, the water will flow into the container.

3. Close the door, place the container under the spout, and then turn on the machine. The water should drain through the drain valve.

4. Once the water is draining out of the spout, repeat steps 1-3 until the water stops flowing.


I know many of you reading this have old, clogged-up washers and dryers in your home. This is because most people don’t realize that these appliances need cleaning out every few years, just like your car needs an oil change. And just like your car, if you don’t do it, then one day… it won’t start! Trust me, I know this to be true because I had a housekeeper who didn’t understand this and her clogged-up washer and dryer caused me to lose a lot of time and money. Don’t let this happen to you. Do yourself a favor and read this entire tutorial. It will save you a lot of grief.

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First things first. Go into your basement or garage (if you have one) and get your trusty flashlight. Then, go into your laundry room and shine the light around. Look at all those lint balls, dust bunnies, old socks, and other stuff that has collected over the years. Yuck! Don’t worry about it though; we’re going to clean all that stuff up soon enough.

OK, now that you’ve done that, go back to your washer and turn it on. Notice how the agitator (the little paddle thingy) is moving back and forth? That’s what happens when you put a load of clothes in the washer. What we want is the agitator to be still so the water can do its job of cleaning the machine.

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To stop the agitator from moving back and forth, remove the knob that controls the water supply (it’s usually located at the top of the washer) and unscrew the three screws that hold the knob in place. Then, gently pull the knob away from the washer. Don’t yank it out of the washer or you might break something. Just tug it gently.

Now, replace the knob and tighten the three screws. Next, remove the screws that hold the access panel on the front of the washer. Pry up the metal tab on the bottom of the panel and then lift up the access panel. Look in the access panel and you will see a plastic tube running from the top of the washer down to the drain in the bottom of the washer. This is the drain hose. The black part of the hose is the part that goes into the washer; the white part is the part that comes out of the washer.

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Look at the end of the drain hose that is attached to the washer. See the square plastic thingy (called a “trap”) that has four notches around its perimeter? The black part of the drain hose should be snugly but freely inserted into these notches. The white part of the drain hose should be sticking up above the notches. This allows water to flow out of the washer… but… it also allows water to flow back into the washer if there is any leakage. If the drain hose isn’t inserted properly, then water will just flow out of the washer and down your laundry drain and then back into the washer whenever there is even the most microscopic amount of leakage.

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Now, get a bucket or some other container and put a few inches of water in it. Put the water in the area where the drain hose enters the washer. (It doesn’t matter which end of the drain hose you use; either end will work.) Then, put the cap back on the end of the drain hose that is attached to the washer. Screw the access panel back into place and replace the three screws that held the panel in place. Now turn the washer on and watch the water flow out of the top and down into the bucket. When the bucket is full, remove it from the washer and set it aside.

Look in the access panel again and remove the plastic tube. Then, unplug the white part of the drain hose from the washer. You should now have a bucket filled with water and a clogged drain hose. This is a great opportunity to do some “carpooling” with your friends, family, and neighbors. Let’s get this hose drained!

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Replace the trap (plastic square thingy) on the drain hose and then reattach the drain hose to the washer. Screw the knob back onto the water supply tube and then replace the access panel. Now turn the washer on and watch the water flow out of the top and down into the bucket. When the bucket is full, remove it from the washer and set it aside.

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