How to Remove Coins Stuck Inside a Front-Load Washer

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How to Remove Coins Stuck Inside a Front-Load Washer
Laundry can pile up if your front-load washer isn't working due to a jam. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A front-load washer can sometimes develop a clog in the pump that removes the water from the main cavity of the machine. Coins are a common source of pump clogs as they are just the right size and shape to prevent the pump from pushing wastewater out through the drainage hose in the back of the machine. If a coin gets stuck inside your front-load washer, it should be removed as quickly as possible to ensure that the machine continues to run optimally.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire coat hanger

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  1. 1

    Unplug the machine to reduce your risk of injury while working on it.

  2. 2

    Remove the front plate from the bottom of the washing machine. Most front-loaders are designed so that their filter systems are located behind the bottom panel, allowing them to be cleaned regularly. On most machines, the plate should pull off or swing open. You may need a screwdriver to unscrew the panel.

  3. 3

    Pull out the filter, usually located in the lower right corner, and examine it for coins. Coins are more likely to be found in the pump itself but the filter should be checked and rinsed off first.

  4. 4

    Pull out the pump and open it in accordance with your specific washer's specifications. Each model may function a little differently but the pumps are designed to be removed for cleaning. You will likely need to unclip the wire harness going into the pump and unscrew one or two bolts holding the pump in place.

  5. 5

    Pull the hose off of the pump and check it for any coin blockages. If it appears to be clogged, carefully insert a straightened wire coat hanger into it to try to dislodge the obstruction.

  6. 6

    Remove any coins and other debris from the pump before replacing it and reattaching the wire harness.

  7. 7

    Examine the drain inside the washer to ensure there aren't any coins there either.

Tips and warnings

  • Check all of your clothing's pockets before doing laundry to help prevent jams caused by coins. A blockage could cause the pump to overheat and burn out, resulting in a costly repair.

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