Hotpoint Washer Not Draining: Causes & Fixes

If your Hotpoint washer is not draining, it could be simply due to poor maintenance which led to issues with the drain pump and the drain hose. However, there might be other causes. 

Below, we’ve detailed the causes of the Hotpoint washer not draining and the fixes to apply.

Hotpoint Washer Not Draining: Likely Causes

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1. Faulty Drain Pump

The drain pump is the most common reason why your Hotpoint washer is not draining.

This component is designed to remove water from the washer tub. If the drain pump is faulty, the washer will not be able to drain properly.

There are several reasons why the drain pump can fail. The most common reason is that due to poor maintenance. With continuous use, the pump becomes clogged with lint or other debris. Cleaning the lint filter regularly will prevent this from happening. 

Another reason could be a broken impeller. The impeller is the component of the pump designed to move water through the pump. If the impeller is broken, this will hamper the pump’s ability to move water and cause it not to drain properly.

How to Fix:

To check the drain pump for leakages, start by unplugging the washer from the power source and removing the access panel. 

  • Locate the drain pump and check for any obstructions. 
  • If the pump is free of lint, debris, or any obstruction, try running the washer again. 
  • If the problem persists or the washer makes a noisy sound while running, you may need to replace the drain pump.
  • If the pump is clogged, you must clear it of all obstructions. To do this, remove the pump and clean it with a brush. 

To replace the drain pump:

  • Make sure the washer is unplugged and shut off the water supply.
  • Take off the access panel and disconnect the wires from the drain pump.
  • After that, remove the screws that hold the pump in place and remove the old pump.
  • Install the new pump and reconnect the wires.
  • Replace the access panel and screw it in place.
  • Plug in the washer and turn on the water supply.
  • Test the washer to see if it drains properly

2. Clogged Pump or Hose

Before you go straight to replacing the pump or hose check if the hose or pump is clogged. If the drain pump is not clogged with lint or other obstructions, there are chances that the hoses might be the problem. 

How to Fix:

If the hoses are clogged, you can try to clear them of any obstructions. If that’s not possible, then you might want to consider replacing them. 

You can find replacement hoses at your local hardware store or online.

3. Damaged Drive belt

If your washer comes with a drive belt, you need to have it checked. The drive belt is designed to help the washer rotate the drum. If the drive belt becomes damaged or broken, it will cause the washer to stop draining properly. You will need to inspect the drive belt for damages and replace it if it is damaged or broken.

How to Fix 

The drive belt is a long, skinny belt usually brown or black in color. You should find it on the underside of the washer.  

You can find the drive belt on the underside of the washer. It is a long, skinny belt that is usually black or brown in color. If you cannot find the drive belt, you can always consult your Hotpoint washer manual for more information.

Once you’ve found the drive belt, you will need to remove it. You will have to unscrew the two screws that hold it in place. With the screws removed, you can pull the drive belt off of the washer.

After that, you will need to replace the drive belt with a new one. To do this, put the new drive belt in the same spot as the faulty one you just removed and screw the two screws back into place. Once everything is in place, you can test the washer to see if this solves the problem. 

4. Faulty Lid Switch Assembly 

The lid switch assembly is a component of the lid located on the top of your washer. The lid switch assembly is designed to prevent the washer from spinning when the lid is open.

If your Hotpoint washing machine is not draining properly, it could be due to the lid switch assembly failure. The safety feature will not allow the washer to spin or drain if it detects the lid is open. However, when detective, it could be stuck in this mode which could be problematic. 

How to Fix

To determine if the lid switch assembly is defective, open the top of your washing machine and watch for the indicator light. If the indicator light does not come on, it could signify that the lid switch assembly is defective and will need to be replaced.

You can also use a multimeter to test each of the lid switches for continuity. If any of the lid switches does not have continuity, then you would have to replace it to get the washer to drain properly.

5. Clogged Drain Hose

A clogged drain hose could be one of the potential reasons why your Hotpoint washing machine is not draining properly. The drain hose is a pipe that carries water and debris from the washer to the home’s drainage system to ensure they’re properly disposed of. 

A blocked drain hose will cause water and debris to back up into the washer. This leads to poor draining and potential flooding, which could damage your washing machine and reduce its life span.

How to Fix

To check if the drain hose is working correctly, you need to inspect it to see if it is twisted, kinked, or bent. If the drain hose is bent, simply straighten it out. This might have caused debris to back up in the drain hose so you need to remove it and inspect it for obstructions.

If there is any debris caught in the hose. You should remove it and ensure proper drainage. You might also want to consider replacing the drain hose.