How to Repair the Water Pump
When the water fails to drain from your Whirlpool front-loading washer, you may have a problem inside the water pump. Small items can travel from your washtub, through the drain holes, through the washtub drain line and into the pump. If the filter cup inside the pump fails to catch the item, it could catch inside the impeller and cause the pump to jam. Cleaning out the pump and removing any items impeding the impeller can repair your water pump and get your Whirlpool washer working again.
1.Unplug your Whirlpool front-loading washer from the electrical outlet.
2.Remove the three torx-head screws along the bottom, front panel of the Whirlpool washer. Grab both sides of the bottom panel with your hands. Pull down on the panel while pulling the bottom of the panel away from the washer to expose the water pump.
3.Twist the handle on the front of the pump to the left to release the cover. Pull the cover from the pump housing along with the attached filter cup. Wipe the cup clean with a paper towel.
4.Reach inside the pump housing to clean any debris not caught by the filter cup. Insert an inspection mirror into the housing to view the impeller inside the pump. Look for any debris that may have jammed the impeller, keeping in from spinning. Remove the pump if it appears you have an object caught in the impeller.
5.Lift the wire housing cover on the right side of the water pump. Unplug the wire harness from the side of the pump. Use your thumb to press down on the rubber tab at the bottom front of the housing where you removed the cover. Lift up on the front of the pump. Reach beneath the left and right side of the pump to push down on the rubber tabs to release the pump from the floor of your Whirlpool washer.
6.Grab the two ends of each hose clamp holding the hoses to the pump, using pliers. Squeeze the ends of the hose clamps together and slip the clamps up the hoses. Pull the inlet and outlet hoses off the ports on the back of the pump. Pull the pump from the washer.
7.Look into the outlet port to see the back of the impeller for the obstruction. Attempt to shake the obstruction from the pump. Alternatively, use needle-nose pliers to grab any obstruction from the pump.
8.Reinstall the pump into your front-loading Whirlpool washer by reversing the removal steps. Replace the filter cup into the pump housing and turn the handle clockwise.
9.Replace the bottom, front cover on the Whirlpool washer. Plug the front-loading washer back into the wall outlet.
Things You Will Need
- Torx-head screwdriver
- Paper towels
- Inspection mirror
- Needle-nose pliers, long-reach