How To Drain LG Washer

LG washers are quite different compared to other types of washers when draining waste water from them. 

That’s why a basic knowledge of how to drain them is pretty important to prevent any drainage issue that’ll lead to its breakdown. 

Often, they result in OE error codes typically caused by a malfunctioning drain pump, a kinked or clogged drain hose, or a clogged pump filter.

Steps to drain LG Washer

I’ll advise that you stick to these steps below if you want to know how to drain your washer.

The steps are also pretty much easy if you consult your washer’s manual to get more information, as there are different methods for draining front and top load LG washers. 

For Top load LG washers

LG Smart Top Load Washer
LG 5.0 cu.ft. Smart Top Load Washer /7.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Smart wi-fi Dryer

To drain an LG top-loader washer, you’ll need these steps to accomplish it:

  • Turn off the water supply to your LG washer before you begin.
  • After that, unhook the washer’s power wire from the outlet. When you’re done with that, turn off the electricity supply.
  • To have a clear view of the washer’s rear, you’ll need to move it a few feet from the wall.
  • The next step is to locate the drain line that connects the top-load washer to the wall’s drain pipe.
  • Put a container and a couple of towels under the region where the drain hose joins to the drain pipe once you’ve located the problem. It’ll be impossible for any water to escape now. This will ensure that there are no water leaks whatsoever.
  • Allow enough time for the wastewater to drain into the container and the washer to finish drying before using it again.
  • Reinstall your washing machine, reconnect the drain lines, and switch on the water and electricity and you’re good to go.

For Front load LG washers

Front load LG washer
Front load LG washer

The method of draining front-load LG washers differs slightly from draining top-load LG washers.

Regardless, it’s an easy thing to do. Simply follow the steps below.

  • If you have a front-loading LG washer, you should turn off the water supply first, just as you would if you had a top-loading LG washer.
  • After that, double-check that your washing machine is unplugged from the power source and switched off. You don’t want to get electrocuted; therefore, take all precautions necessary.
  • Then proceed to the control panel. The LG front-loading washer’s control panel should be on the machine’s bottom left side. To learn how to accomplish this, consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Place a bowl near the access panel after identifying the drain hose clip, and then unhook the drain hose from its clip. If you position the bowl next to the access panel, the wastewater will flow easily into the bowl. 
  • Check to make if the drain pipe has been empty of water before replacing the plug.
  • After doing all this, you can turn on the washer’s water supply again after the water supply pipes have been reconnected.

Why Won’t My LG Washer Drain?

There are many reasons why your washer won’t drain. Some mechanical, others electrical. This issue usually results in the washer displaying an OE error code.

Let’s examine some reasons why your LG washer won’t drain. 

  • Excessive detergents in the washer

Because conventional and non-HE detergents produce a lot of foam, likely, your LG washing machine won’t drain properly if you overuse them.

This is often a major drainage issue cause and can be easily prevented if you use HE detergents.

  • Clogged drain pumps and pipes 

The drain pump in your LG washer is a critical component that mechanical or electrical failures can damage.

They power the washer mechanism to remove the water from the washer’s drum after it has been used for a laundry cycle.  

Another reason the washer won’t drain is if something is blocking the drain pipe. 

So, you should probably check to see if your washing machine’s drain pipe has become inundated with water.

  • Faulty washer covers 

As an additional layer of protection, the load becomes excessively heavy. Every washer contains a lid switch.

The washing machine won’t turn on if either the lid or the door (if you’ve got a front loader) is propped open in any way.

Because of this, the process of draining your washer would be faulty. 

  • Dirty drain filters 

In many washers, one of the most common causes of plumbing issues is drain filters that have become clogged with lint and other small things.

That’s why it is necessary to clean it out regularly to prevent it from becoming clogged, or else it’s possible that your LG washer won’t be able to drain.

How Can This Problem Be Solved? 

Below are some suggestions to help you solve your LG washer that won’t drain. I would advise you to stick with them.

  • Fix the Drain Pump  

Unplugging the drain pump wire connector will allow you to inspect the wiring harness of the drain pump.

After using pliers to loosen the clamps, you should be able to move the drain pipe freely afterward.

Now, examine the pump for signs of a clog or electrical fault to verify that it is functioning appropriately and ensure that it is.

You can either call a professional washer repair specialist to replace your drain pump, or you can replace it yourself.

  • Fix clogged drain pipes

After removing any obstructions from the pipes, the remaining wash water should be collected in a bucket. 

Turning the hose in a circular motion will help you straighten out any kinks that you may have found along the pipe length. 

Drain hoses can also be washed with hot water and detergent at high pressure, followed by a clean-rinsing in fresh water.

After doing that, you will be able to connect the drain pipes back to the washing machine correctly. 

  • Connect the drain hoses properly

Depending on your LG washer’s model and the sort of connection, you’ll need to figure out how to connect the drain pipes.

Your washer’s owner’s manual should contain the drain hose settings you need to do this. 

Connecting the drain hose to a waste pipe can also be accomplished via a standpipe or spigot.

For best results, you should keep the drain hose’s tip at least 29.5 inches or perhaps even 60 inches above the washer’s bottom or around 96 inches above the washer’s top.

  • Carry out a SPIN ONLY cycle

To see if the drain problem has been resolved on the LG washer, you may perform a “Spin Only” cycle on it. 

Simply press the POWER button to start it. A message SPIN ONLY will appear in the display after you press the “Special-Use” button on the washer. 

Then press the “Start/Pause” button to start a spin-only cycle while the washer whirls the drum inside and drains the washer of any remaining water

  • Reset the washer

Although it might not be so for all LG washer models, some types may be solved by turning off the power for five minutes and resetting the control board. However, this is not always the case.

Even if you don’t have time to look for a solution, you can turn off the washing machine’s electricity, especially if it now shows an error code.

It’s critical to figure out what’s causing the problem and to put a solution in place if it happens again.

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