How to drain a washing machine manually

If your washing machine breaks down during a wash cycle, you must drain the machine yourself. Many washing machine models come with a small pump filter located at the bottom on the front or the back of the machine. These filters allow you to drain water from the machine without using the electrical pump inside it.

Take the clothes out of your washing machine and put them in the tumble dryer or hang them out to dry.

Locate the pump filter in your washing machine. The pump filter usually sits in a small compartment on the front or back of the machine, on the bottom. Open the compartment by prying the lid or flap with a coin.

Place a small bucket below the filter hose and remove the hose, allowing it to drain water. This might take up to half an hour if you don't have any way to bail the water out.


If you have a top-loading washing machine, bail the water out with a bucket from the tub to minimise the amount of time it takes to drain it through the filter. You can also try draining the washing machine electrically by putting a heavy object on the lid if the drain doesn't work because the lid doesn't close.

Things You'll Need

  • Coin
  • Bucket
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Mikhail Polenin has been working with computers since 1997. His experience also expands to astrophysics, masonry, electricity and general appliance repair. He's written about various different subjects regarding astrophysics and electrical circuits for various online publications. Polenin attended the New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida.