Having an Asko washing machine that won’t drain will undoubtedly disrupt your laundry plans. That’s why you’ll want to troubleshoot and fix the problem as soon as you can. This guide will help you do just that.
When an Asko washer doesn’t drain, it’s likely because of a fault in its drain pump. Besides that, a clog in its drain system (drain filter, hose, or household plumbing) can also cause water to back up into the washer and not drain out. Lastly, troubleshoot the door or lid lock to stop the washer from entering the drain stage of the wash program.
An Asko washer draining problem can be frustrating at first. Still, it’s a problem that you can solve independently, and this guide will show you how to do that.
Why Is My Asko Washer Not Draining?
When you notice signs that your Asko washer is not draining, it’s time to begin the troubleshooting process.
Here are the parts you’ll need to check and how you can get your Asko washer running normally again.
Drain Pump Issue
What this part does: One of the most likely reasons stopping your Asko washer from draining is an issue with the drain pump.
This component’s function is all in the name. It’s a centrifugal pump that helps drain water out of the appliance. It does that by turning an impeller which drives the water out, where it’ll go through the drain hose and into your household’s plumbing system.
You’ll likely find the drain pump at the bottom of the washer. To be sure, you can check the user manual to locate the pump on your Asko washer model.
What’s happening: Gravity isn’t enough to help water flow out of your Asko washer by itself. That’s why the drain pump is crucial for making that happen.
So, when your washer doesn’t drain, it’s likely because something stops the pump from working. The two most causes behind that are:
- A clog in the pump – e.g. a small sock or other object made its way into the pump and got stuck there
- An electrical fault in the pump – e.g. a short circuit, loose wires, or damaged wires could prevent the pump from receiving the power it needs to function
How to fix it: You’ll need to remove the drain pump to inspect it closely. If there’s a clog, you can try your best to remove the item and see if the impeller will turn smoothly again.
However, an electrical fault means you’ll have to replace the pump with a new one.
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Clogged Drain System
What this part does: Above, you’ve seen how the drain pump drives water out of the washer. However, that wastewater still has to go through several parts of a drain system before it’s gone for good.
So, when troubleshooting the drain system, you’ll be inspecting 3 specific parts:
- The Asko washer’s drain filter (or ‘coin trap’)
- The Asko washer’s drain hose (attached to the back of the machine)
- Your household’s plumbing system (e.g. a standpipe or wherever the washer drain hose leads to)
What’s happening: Assuming the drain pump is working correctly, another likely cause is a clog somewhere in the drain system. Keep in mind that a clog in any of the 3 parts listed above will cause water to back up all the way into the washing machine, even if it’s a clog in your household drain.
Clogs in these parts typically happen because of buildups consisting of lint and dirt from your laundry. However, foreign objects can also get stuck in parts like the coin trap or drain hose, which trap lint and cause severe blockages.
How to fix it: Thankfully, a clog in the drain system is very straightforward to clear. Better yet, it doesn’t involve replacing any parts.
Firstly, start with your Asko washer coin trap. Twisting it counter-clockwise will allow you to remove and empty it of any foreign objects, lint, or dirt. Once it’s clear, you can lock it back in place by twisting it clockwise.
Secondly, detach the drain hose from the washer. Then, take it outside and flush it with a garden hose from both ends to clear out any clogs inside.
Lastly, check the household drain that you use for the Asko washer. A clog there will also prevent your washer from draining, so clear it out or call a plumber to do it for you.
Door Lock (Front-Loading Models)
What this part does: Front-loading Asko washers have doors that lock. Those door locks engage whenever you start a wash program to keep anyone from opening the door mid-cycle.
However, the door lock also has another crucial role. It signals to the washer that the door is secure, so the washer can continue working through the different wash cycles.
In other words, when the door lock is engaged, the washer knows to progress through to agitation, spin, and especially the drain cycle.
What’s happening: When the door lock on a front-loading Asko washer becomes faulty, that can prevent the appliance from running without interruptions.
So, for example, the washer will typically run for a while after you start a wash cycle. But, then, it might mistakenly sense that the door is not secure and prevent the washer from starting the drain cycle.
As a result, the washer stays full of water but doesn’t complete the wash program you chose.
How to fix it: The door lock requires a bit of testing to confirm that it’s a main problem here. You can do that with a multimeter to ensure electrical continuity in that part.
Once you find that the lock isn’t working correctly, you’ll have to remove it from the washer frame and install a new one. You’ll find the door lock assembly mounted directly behind the washer’s opening, where the door latch secures as you close it.
Lid Switch (Top-Loading Models)
What this part does: The lid switch on top-loading Asko washers works the same way as the door lock mentioned above.
When you keep the washed lid closed, it’s meant to trigger the washer to continue working. However, opening the lid will stop the washer mid-cycle and prevent it from working for safety reasons.
What’s happening: Similarly, a faulty lid switch will sense that the lid is open, even when it’s not. That will prevent your Asko washer from progressing onto the next stage in the wash program.
As a result, the drain pump will never turn on, and water will remain in the drum.
How to fix it: A faulty lid switch is not repairable, so you’ll have to replace it if it’s defective. That’s why it’s best to test the switch whenever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked questions about Asko washers with draining issues that you might find helpful:
How Do You Open A Washing Machine When The Water Is Full?
You can open a top-loading washer while it’s full of water. However, you’ll have to manually drain water from a front-loading Asko washer first. To do that, use the auxiliary drain hose that you can find next to the coin trap. Then, open that hose and let it flow into a floor drain or bucket.
Once all the water is out, you can safely open your Asko washing machine.
How Do You Drain A Washer With Standing Water?
Your Asko washing machine will have a backup drain hose next to the coin trap. You’ll find both hidden behind a small door on the washer’s front panel, close to the bottom.
Water from the washer drum will flow out slowly when you open that hose.
Should There Be Any Water Left In My Washing Machine?
No, there should be absolutely no water left inside your Asko washer at the end of a wash program. A little bit of moisture inside the drum is standard. However, even a tiny leftover puddle is a sign of a drain problem.
Why Is My Washer Stuck With Water In It?
Your Asko washer has water stuck inside it because it has a drain problem. Typically, that means the drain pump is not working correctly. However, the issue can also happen because of a clog in the coin trap, drain hose, or the household plumbing that the washer drain hose feeds into.
How Do You Reset A Washing Machine Drain?
Suppose you suspect that your Asko washer fails to drain because of an electronic or electrical issue. In that case, you can try resetting the washer. First, disconnect the washer’s plug from its wall socket and wait 5 minutes. Then, plug the washer back in. That process is known as ‘power cycling’, and it’s one way to reset a washing machine.