The drain filter’s location varies depending on the type of a washer and the model you are using.
In most top-loaders, the drain pump filter can be accessed by pulling out the drawer that is usually located at the front of the washer on the lower right-hand side.
The drain filter usually exists within the drain pump valve to protect the drain pump from possible damage that can be caused by debris and foreign objects such as coins, pins, screws, etc. in wastewater.
Foreign objects such as pins, screws, and coins enter the washer through your clothes pockets and drain out through the hoses, which later get trapped by the drain filter.
While the modern-day washers (front load and top load) do not have lint filters separately as they operate on self-cleaning pump filters, there is always a possibility of lint accumulation in the drain pump filter areas.
TIP: In order to get a precise location of the drain filter, you may simply refer to the user manual of your washer.
Functions of the drain filter
The most common functions of the drain filter are mentioned below:
- It filters the wastewater from your washer when it drains and traps lint, loose hair, hard objects, etc.
- Protects the drain pump from damage-causing elements.
To get precise placement of the filters or any other components of the washer, it is always a good idea to refer to the user manual.
Cleaning the filters timely is always a good practice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions that are asked repeatedly.
How do I manually drain my washer?
Manual draining is usually performed in situations when the washer stops draining due to a possible clogging or when a manual inspection of the drain system is required. In order to perform manual draining, you simply need to turn on the manual operating lever located near the drain pump valve.
Why is my washer draining at a slower pace?
Washer draining at a slower pace may be caused due to a few common factors such as a clogged drain hose, malfunctioning drain pump, etc. You may need to inspect the drain area for a possible clog and clean them accordingly. A faulty drain pump may not be able to generate enough pressure and may need a replacement. Always consult an expert for the inspection of the drain pump.