Is your Hotpoint washer not draining? What a mess! Let’s check the filters and hoses that can create a problem…
Water is a washing machine’s primary input, necessary for it to function correctly and give you the results you want. However, it’s also the appliance’s main output, as draining the dirty water is equally important. So, what could stop your Hotpoint washer from draining?
Your Hotpoint washer won’t drain if the filter (or ‘coin trap’) is clogged. Meanwhile, a kinked or blocked drain hose will cause the same problem. The drain pump can also get jammed by foreign objects or suffer an electrical fault that prevents it from working. Lastly, check that you’re not in Crease Care or Rinse Hold modes, which don’t drain immediately at the end.
Check out the sections below to learn more about why your washer isn’t draining and how you can get the machine working normally again.
Why Is My Hotpoint Washer Not Draining?
For a Hotpoint washing machine, the ability to fill itself with clean water is just as important as its ability to drain used water. Failing to do that will prevent you from getting the clean clothes you expect.
Here are the reasons your Hotpoint washer isn’t draining and how you can solve each one:
1. Clogged Drain Filter/Coin Trap
As you begin troubleshooting this problem, the first thing to remember is that the problem might not be caused by a faulty component. Instead, the more likely cause is that something prevents water from flowing out of the appliance.
The first and most common culprit is the drain filter, also known as the coin trap. This part of the washer is designed to remove large debris and foreign objects from the outgoing water before it passes through the drain pump.
As the name suggests, the filter traps coins, pens, and other items from clothes pockets. But it can also accumulate dirt, debris, and, most importantly, lint over an extended period.
The filter will gradually restrict water flow as it becomes increasingly saturated with those foreign objects and waste. That will continue until nothing can flow through and completely stop your washer from draining.
The solution: You can solve this problem quickly by emptying and cleaning the clogged drain filter. However, the process can get a bit wet, so you should be prepared with towels, a tray, or anything else to capture water.
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The drain filter is concealed behind the washer’s kickplate. That’s on the front of the machine, close to the ground. So first, you’ll have to remove the kickplate to expose the filter.
Before you unscrew the filter, you must lay towels or a tray nearby. That’s because any retained water in the machine will come rushing out as you unscrew the filter.
Next, turn the filter counterclockwise slowly, allowing water to flow out gently. Once the filter is out, you can empty it and wash away any debris.
The final step is to screw the filter back in by turning it clockwise this time.
2. Kinked Or Blocked Drain Hose
Suppose the drain filter is clear, yet the machine won’t clear. The next likely reason is that the drain hose is kinked or blocked.
Water flows out of the washer drum and passes through the filter you read about earlier. Then, the drain pump drives that water out of the machine through the drain hose. That drain hose sends the water into your household drainage system for disposal.
That hose is another point where water flow can become restricted and prevent the machine from draining.
Typically, that happens because the flexible drain hose has become kinked or pinched. For instance, a box or other heavy object could have fallen on the hose. When that happens, water flow becomes restricted or completely stopped.
Besides that, the hose could have also become blocked due to a buildup of dirt and debris. That dirt could come from the washing machine or have entered the hose from the other end.
The solution: Firstly, check to ensure your drain hose isn’t kinked or pinched. It’s best to keep the washer a few inches away from the wall behind it so that doesn’t happen.
If the hose is clogged, you’ll have to detach it from the machine to wash it outside. You’ll get the best results by flushing it with a garden hose from both ends to loosen any buildups.
Once the hose is clean, you can reattach it to the washer.
3. Jammed Or Failed Drain Pump (washer not draining)
Your washer has a drain pump inside; its only job is to drive used water out of the machine. As such, it only turns on during your wash cycle’s drain stages.
That pump will prevent your washer from draining if it gets jammed by a foreign object or fails, i.e. it doesn’t turn on when it should.
Drain pumps can get jammed by objects that fall out from clothes pockets in the wash. That will happen despite the presence of the drain filter you saw earlier. When those objects get through, they’ll get stuck in the pump and prevent the impeller from turning.
Meanwhile, drain pumps can also suffer from excess wear (if you’ve had the machine for years) or electrical faults (e.g. short circuits). These problems will stop the drain pump from turning its impeller and prevent any draining.
The solution: Firstly, you must remove the drain pump from the washer to inspect it closely. That will help you determine if a foreign object is stuck inside the drain pump and preventing it from working.
If that’s the case, carefully remove the object and any other broken bits that might be inside the pump.
However, if the pump has failed due to a short circuit or will not run anymore, you’ll have to invest in a new replacement.
Unfortunately, your washer will not work without a functioning drain pump, so this repair cannot be avoided.
4. Crease Care Or Rinse Hold Modes
Your washer not draining could also result from the wash mode you’ve chosen instead of a problem with the machine’s components.
Hotpoint washing machines have several modes, including Crease Care or Rinse Hold. These two particular modes will keep your clothes in water at the end of the cycle instead of draining immediately, as you’d typically expect.
If that’s the case, you have nothing to worry about as there isn’t a problem.
The solution: You can solve this problem by allowing the Crease Care or Rinse Hold modes to complete the wash cycle. Also, you can prevent this problem from happening again by using different wash modes when you do your laundry in the future.
Your Hotpoint washer’s failure to drain will put a damper on your laundry plans. However, the root cause is typically not anything severe. Just remember that something is preventing the water from flowing, which will help you troubleshoot the issue better.
Firstly, check that the drain filter (or ‘coin trap’) is clean. Then, check the drain hose for blockages or kinks that could restrict water flow. In more severe cases, the drain pump could be jammed or faulty.
Of course, be mindful of the wash mode you’re using. Crease Care and Rinse Hold will not drain immediately at the final stages of the wash cycle, so you’ll have to wait for it to complete.