July 1, 2015

How to replace a laundry center washer drain pump

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a laundry center washer drain pump

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the washer drain pump in a laundry center. When working correctly, the drain pump removes water from the washer at the end of the wash and rinse cycles. If the washer doesn't drain, first check the washer drain for a clog and the drain hose for a kink. If the drain path is clear, replace the drain pump with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these basic repair steps to replace the drain pump in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, Gibson, White-Westinghouse and Crosley laundry centers.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Towel
Pliers
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing a washer drain pump in a laundry center

This video explains how to replace the washer drain pump in a laundry center.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the power

    Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas.

    Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Drain any water from the washer.

  2. 02.

    Remove the washer front panel

    Remove the 2 screws from the bottom of the front panel.

    Slide the front panel down to disengage the mounting tabs and pull off the front panel.

    Remove the screws from the bottom of the front panel.

    Remove the screws from the bottom of the front panel.

    Remove the lower front panel from the laundry center.

    Remove the lower front panel from the laundry center.

  3. 03.

    Remove the drain pump hoses

    Place a towel under the pump to catch water from the hoses.

    Squeeze the hose clamps and pull the hoses off the drain pump.

    Wipe up any spilled water.

    Release the washer drain hose clamp.

    Release the washer drain hose clamp.

    Remove the hoses from the drain pump.

    Remove the hoses from the drain pump.

  4. 04.

    Remove the drain pump

    Disconnect the wires from the drain pump.

    Release the mounting tab and pull the plastic shield off the pump.

    Remove the pump mounting screws and pull out the drain pump.

    Disconnect the wires from the washer drain pump.

    Disconnect the wires from the washer drain pump.

    Remove the drain pump shield.

    Remove the drain pump shield.

    Remove the washer drain pump mounting screws.

    Remove the washer drain pump mounting screws.

  5. 05.

    Install the new drain pump

    Position the new drain pump on the washer base and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Reinstall the plastic shield on the pump.

    Reconnect the wires to the drain pump.

    Position the new drain pump and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Position the new drain pump and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Reinstall the drain pump shield.

    Reinstall the drain pump shield.

    Reconnect the wires to the drain pump.

    Reconnect the wires to the drain pump.

  6. 06.

    Reconnect the drain pump hoses

    Reinstall the drain pump hoses and secure them with the hose clamps.

    Reconnect the hoses to the drain pump.

    Reconnect the hoses to the drain pump.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the washer front panel

    Push the front panel mounting tabs into the mounting slots on the frame.

    Slide the front panel up slightly to engage the mounting tabs and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Reinstall the washer front panel.

    Reinstall the washer front panel.

  8. 08.

    Restore power to the laundry center

    Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

Choose a symptom to see related laundry center repairs.

Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

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If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
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How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer lid lock switch

If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

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