How do you manually drain a Speed Queen washer? (Comprehensive)

This is the comprehensive guide for draining the speed queen washer manually.

If you want to:

  • Drain your speed queen washer manually
  • Identify the causes of non-functioning drain
  • Learn how to keep the drainage system in good shape

Then this guide is made exactly for you.

Let’s dive right into it.

Causes of the non-functional drain system of a washer?

There can be several causes that may negatively impact the drain such as:

  • A clogged drain hose or the pipe: This is the most common cause of a non-functioning drain system.
  • The formation of mold, and mildews.
  • The mixture of detergent residues and dirt.
  • Excessive lint formation in the drain areas.
  • Stuck foreign objects such as coins, pins, screws, or any other hard objects that enter the washer mostly through the pockets.
  • If it is your brand new washer then there is a possibility of improper installation of the drain system.
  • The sewage area may have been clogged where the wastewater is drained out.
  • A power fluctuation may affect some functions, in such instances, you may want to wait for the power supply to stabilize and then run the spin cycle.
  • Burned Drain Pump may be another cause. Here you may need advice from an expert. 

Now that you know about a few common causes of a non-functioning drain, let’s take a quick on how to drain the speed queen washer manually in such instances.

How do you manually drain a Speed Queen washer?

While we are discussing draining the speed queen washer manually, below mentioned steps may be applicable to most washers that use a similar modus operandi.

  • To drain the washer manually, simply turn off the washer and then detach the panel located at the back of your washer.
  • You may be able to drain without detaching the back panel, but detaching the panel will make your task easy.
  • At the bottom, you will find a drain hose connected to the washer, place an empty bucket there to let the wastewater pour out without wetting the floor.
  • The drain hoses are connected using round clips around the opening area of the drainpipe, it can be removed by simply loosening the clips.
  • If you find any clogs or stuck objects simply clean them, and pour clean and hot water into the washtub to remove the remaining debris.
  • You may also use a plumbing snake to get rid of stubborn debris that does not go away with hot water or a cleaning solution.

Tips to maintain the drain system

  • Cleaning and inspection of the washer’s drain area at regular intervals play a significant role in the long run.
  • Always keep a track of all hoses and the drain system for any leakages.
  • Keep a practice of inspecting your clothes before you put them in the washtub, this practice will avoid the foreign objects to enter the washer and causing clogs (foreign objects such as coins, nails, clips, screws, etc.)
  • Make sure that the drain vent is connected separately, this is because at times the drains of the kitchen and washer are connected to the same pipe that heads towards the sewage.
  • Kitchen clogs may impact the drainage system of your washer, thus separating them will make it easy for you to identify the cause of the clog.
  • The sewage area needs to be cleaned at regular intervals to avoid any kind of blockage or clogs.
  • You may use several cleaning solutions that are easily available online and at the local stores and run clean cycles at regular intervals.
  • You may also use home remedies such as baking soda and vinegar mixed with hot water to clean the washer including the drain.

Final Thoughts

Manually draining a washer is quite rare and only happens in instances when there is an issue with the drain system.

The drain takes off all the wastewater and dirt out of the washer and hence cleaning the drain system at regular intervals helps in prolonging your washer’s life.

For more information and caring tips for your washer do visit our FAQ section.

Also Read: Where do you put the detergent in a Speed Queen Washer?

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions that are asked frequently when it comes to draining the speed queen washer manually.

How do you force a Speed Queen to drain?

In order to force the speed queen washer to drain follow the below instructions.

Step 1: Turn the Speed Queen Washer Off.
Step 2: Find the Drain hose – Usually it is grey in color and located at the backside of the washer.
Step 3: Disconnect the drain hose.
Step 4: Let the water flow out.

Why is my Speed Queen washer leaking?

A faulty drain pump OR bearings may cause your speed queen washer to leak. If the drain pump is cracked or damaged, it’s best to replace it. Similarly, if the bearings are worn out, just replace them.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)