This step-by-step washer repair guide will show you how to replace the drain pump in the top load KitchenAid washer. If your KitchenAid washer doesn’t drain start by checking the washer drain for obstructions as well as the drain hose to see if there is a kink. Do not skip this basic troubleshooting step. If the drain and drain hose are clear, replace the drain pump with a manufacturer-approved washer part if the pump runs but doesn’t pump out the water, or if it doesn’t run at all because the motor no longer works.
Replacing the KitchenAid drain pump in a top-load washer
Turn off the power and water: Unplug the power cord from the outlet on the wall. Switch off the water supply valves on the washer. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Help someone remove the KitchenAid washer from the wall.
Remove the hoses from the connectors: Mark which fill hose goes to the hot connector and which goes to the cold. Channel lock pliers are used to carefully take off two fill hoses. Expect some water to pour out. The drain pipe should be pulled out from the standpipe in front of the washer. Expect some water to flow out.
Place the washer in a safe place on its front panel: Transfer the KitchenAid washer to an area where you can work on it. Lay cardboard or towels in front of the washing machine to prevent scratching the front of the KitchenAid washer. To access the drain pump tilt the KitchenAid washer to the forward direction and then place it on the front of the panel.
To take the drain pump off you need to use pliers to release the spring clamp: Take the drain hose out of the drain pump. Remove the cover that covers the wire harness plug that is on the drain pump. The drain pump’s wire harness can be pulled out of its receptacle. Unbolt the three bolts that anchor the drain pump at the top of the washer tub. Remove the pump and put it into a container to be disposed of.
Install the drain pump that you purchased: Position the new drain pump on the side of the KitchenAid washer and secure it with 3 bolts. Connect the wire harness to the receptacle of the new pump. Cover the wire harness connector. Pull the drain hose back to the drain pump’s outlet. Fix it with the spring clamp.
Set the washer on its side:. The washer should be moved as close to the fill hoses as you can to allow them to be connected.
The fill hoses should be installed again: Attach the fill hoses to the connectors located on the KitchenAid washer’s back. Use a pair channel lock pliers to secure the connections.
Restore power and water: Switch on the water supply valves. Connect the washer tight if you notice a tiny leak. Connect the washer to the electrical outlet. Restore the KitchenAid washer in its original position.
While replacing the KitchenAid drain pumps that are used in top-load washers may seem difficult the process is easy for anyone with the correct tools. The process includes disconnecting the water and power supply in order to access the pump, then installing the new pump. It’s important to remember that you must unplug your KitchenAid washer prior to beginning any repairs, and if you’re unsure about any aspect of the procedure you must look up the instruction manual for the manufacturer or contact a professional for assistance. With just a bit of time and perseverance, you can have your KitchenAid washer operating smoothly once again and reduce the cost of repairs. Make sure you check the washer for leaks once you have replaced the drain pump.