WILL A WASHING MACHINE DRAIN IF TURNED OFF?

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So you’re done washing and rinsing. Now it’s time for the water to drain, the machine to spin and you’re done. But suddenly there is an outage.

The question in your mind is, will the washer drain by itself, now that power is turned off?

The sad answer is No, it will not.

But can the water be drained even when there is no electric power?

The answer to this is: Yes.

Having given this heads up from the start, let’s add some context.

DOES THE WASHING MACHINE DRAIN BY ITSELF?

WILL A WASHING MACHINE DRAIN IF TURNED OFF
Illustration of draining

No.

When there is electric power and the washing machine is in operation, it drains by itself. 

 After the initial washing stage the water in the washer drains. 

This draining also takes place at the end of the rinsing phase. 

Automatic draining is part of how washing machines are programmed to work. 

For water to drain from the washer, however, there must be a source of power.

To fully understand why this is so, let’s briefly explain how washing machine draining system works.

HOW WASHING MACHINE DRAINING WORKS

All washing machines have a drain pump. This device sends the water from the tub or drum through a drain hose out of the machine. 

when this happens, you say the machine has drained water, right?

however for this to happen, the washing machine’s control device must first send voltage to the drain pump

CONTROL BOARD ——–> VOLTAGE———-> DRAIN PUMP——-> WATER DRAINS THROUGH DRAIN HOSE———-> WATER LEAVES THE WASHER

So,

Step 1: Control board sends voltage

Step 2: Voltage enters Drain Pump

Step 3: Drain pump powers on and pump water.

Step 4: Water leave washer through the pump.

Do you see where electric power comes in? If you turn off the washing machine or there is power outage, 

  1. The control does not see power, and
  1. Can not send voltage to the drain pump.
  1. Without voltage in the pump, your washer does not drain.

 So, does a washing machine drain by itself when turned off? 

The answer is No.

However you can manually drain a washer even if it is turned off. Or when there is loss of power.

HOW TO DRAIN A WASHER WITHOUT ELECTRIC POWER

WILL A WASHING MACHINE DRAIN IF TURNED OFF
Unplug

However it is good to know that you can drain your machine manually. All domestic washing machines come with an emergency drain.  This is usually located at the bottom front edge of your washing machine.

Some products have theirs underneath the washer. In this case, you might need to consult with a technician to help out with it.

 While this is not the norm. There might be a need to manually drain the machine. Issues that might prompt manual draining are:

  • Power goes off
  • Washer drain is clogged
  • Drain pump malfunctions

If any of these is true in your case, you can manually drain your washer.

 Here is how to do so

 HOW DO YOU DRAIN A WASHER WITHOUT RUINING IT?

  1.  Locate the manual drain of your washing machine. 

It is usually located at the bottom right of your washing machine. If you stand facing the washing machine. The drain should be located around where your right foot is.

It usually has a cover. You will need to open this cover first to find the drain and its hose.

If you do not find it there, it’s either at the left front edge of the washer. Or in some products it’s located at the bottom of the washer. 

In this last case, don’t attempt to access it yourself. Call a technician instead. If you must do so yourself, kindly ask for the assistance of a second person.

Always obey safety rules when tilting a machine over. Washing machines are and can cause damage to the floor if it falls from handling. 

Also there is danger of serious injury if it falls on a person.

If you are not sure, please don’t handle it at all.

  1. Open the lid covering the mandatory

Unscrew the drain cover. You will need to turn it counterclockwise (check image below: counter clock direction) to loosen. At this point waste water will begin rushing out.

Counter-clock direction.

Before attempting this, it is good to know that once that lid comes off, there’ll be water everywhere. 

So make arrangements to safely channel the water out, before attempting this.

There is usually a hose close to the lid. This hose is attached to the lowest point of your washer. It is used to drain the last drops of water from the drain. 

You should employ this hose to completely drain a washer.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR WASHING MACHINE DOESN’T DRAIN?

Your washing machine is supposed to drain. What happens if it doesn’t drain? You’ll have to train it manually. 

To do so follow the steps stated in a subheading: HOW DO YOU DRAIN A WASHER WITHOUT RUINING IT? 

DO WASHING MACHINES NEED TO BE DRAINED?

Yes they do. Draining is part of the washing process. For your washing to complete, water used to wash must be drained.

This process is repeated after rinsing. The clean water used to rinse is also drained. 

Only after draining, are clothes spin and are ready for drying.

TIPS TO BEAR IN MIND BEFORE DRAINING YOUR WASHER

Before you proceed to drain your washer, it is good to keep certain points in mind.

  1. The manual drainage is meant for emergency only. Never make it a practice to always drink water from there, unless there is absolute need to.
  1.  The drain takes advantage of gravity. Once turned open  (even partially), the water flows freely.  

So, before opening the drainage, always remember to create an outlet for the water to flow out.  failure to do so can cause slip and other safety hazards

  1.  The drain stopper is built with a thread. Regularly loosening and tightening the cover can wear out the thread. A loose thread will result in water leakage. So, once again, only use this drain when there is a good reason to do so.

SAFETY RULE WHEN DRAINING A WASHING MACHINE

WILL A WASHING MACHINE DRAIN IF TURNED OFF
Safety First

Safety is not always considered when handling potential safety hazards. 

But it is a must. A faulty washer drain is not worth the life or health of any person in the household. Ten faulty machines are not worth it.

Minors are especially at risk from injuries. So when applying seemingly minor issues like manually draining your washer, you should consider these safety rules:

  1. Create an outlet for the water to drain to
  1. Allow the water to completely drain out
  1.  Call a  technician when not sure of what to do.
  1.  Do not operate the machine (even briefly) if the drain cover is loose and leaks 
  1. For safety reasons barricade a washer when manually draining it. A caution tape might seem extreme, but better to be safe than sorry.

CONCLUSION

After reading to this point, do you think we answered your inquiry satisfactorily? What other important points do you wish we add to the topic.

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